Beverly Lewis’ The Shunning
“Before she succumbs to cancer, the dying wish of Laura Mayfield-Bennett is to be reunited with the daughter she never knew. Unfortunately, that daughter, Katie Lapp, is a member of the Amish order. Katie is about to be married, but uneasy about the path ahead. Now she discovers the secret her parents have kept from her: she’s adopted.
The film is based on the celebrated first novel of the best-selling “The Heritage of Lancaster County” book series from author Beverly Lewis. Stars Danielle Panabaker & Sherry Stringfield.”
This is a hard movie for me to review. I know it’s based after a book written by a wonderful author, but the movie was kind of dry and it left me wanting a bit more to it. But it was a made for TV movie too so that might have been a bit of the problem too.
I do want to say the acting was amazing and I loved that they tried their best to stay authentic to Amish culture. Where we live it’s a lot of Mennonite culture, even at Walmart there is Horse parking. So having the movie stick closely to what I’ve experienced, with the exception that the Mennonite interact with the “English”. They even went as far as to have an accent.
I did enjoy parts of the movie and learning more about what its like to be part of a Shunning, both on the outcast side and the other people’s side. I know I wouldn’t be able to survive not being talked to or not talking to the ones I loved.
If they came out with a sequel to the movie I would watch it. Mainly because I did fall in love with the characters and want to see more of what happens in Katie’s life, what happens when she meets her birth mother, can she go back to her adoptive family?
So maybe if it wasn’t a made for TV movie they could have built up the characters and plot line a bit more and made the movie a bit more exciting. But with what I saw, I really want to see more. maybe I will even go and read these books too.
It’s a cute movie and I’m sure most will love it and want more. Beverly Lewis fans will love it too.
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