While I must admit, I haven’t read the books, but I have enjoyed the “Love Saga” films immensely. This may sound funny coming from a tech savvy geek girl, but this series of family-friendly, beautifully shot movies evoke memories of waiting by the TV to watch Little House on the Prairie as a kid. If you haven’t seen the rest of the films (Love Comes Softly, Love’s Enduring Promise, Love’s Long Journey, Love’s Abiding Joy, Love’s Unending Legacy, Love’s Unfolding Dream, Love Takes Wing, and Love Finds a Home), they are already available on DVD (I own them all) or they are shown exclusively on PIXL.
Love’s Everlasting Courage is the story of Clark (Wes Brown) and Missy Davis (Julie Mond) and their family’s struggle of adversity in the early west. Facing drought, the loss of their livelihood and farm as well as a family loss can they hold together and keep their faith?
I enjoyed Clark’s character in Love Begins as he enters the story as a struggling young man trying to find his way in the world. The addition of Clark’s parents, Lloyd (Bruce Boxleitner) and Irene (Cheryl Ladd) in this film add another layer of depth to the family. I was overjoyed since I am a big Bruce Boxleitner fan. An interesting note, his son Lee was also on the crew of this film.
While each film in the series builds on the other, they can also stand apart. The series follows multiple generations of the family. The passage of time, generations and what is socially acceptable as the films progress makes the series fun to watch. I also appreciate the strong female characters in all of the films. While their roles are historically accurate, the portrayals are of courageous women. They are front and center in the stories, not relegated to the background.
Young Missy Davis, played by Morgan Lily was nominated for Best Performance in a TV Movie, Miniseries or Special – Leading Young Actress for her role in the film.
So, if you’re looking for a good western and a movie for the whole family, give Love’s Everlasting Courage a try. If you’re lucky, maybe you’ll win a copy!
This review was based on a bare-bones DVD screener supplied by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. There were no bonus features on this screener, which may differ form the retail release.