The Legend of Johnny Lingo
- compiled by Jeffrey Overstreet Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2003 1 Jan
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Eventually, he sets out on yet another journey, promising to return. His travels lead him to a different shore, where he befriends the wealthiest trader in the region, a man called Johnny Lingo. Johnny offers Tama wisdom and guidance on everything from sailing to living a life of integrity.
"The story is actually a sweet and loving one," says Michael Elliott (Movie Parables). "The film unfortunately does suffer from its use of nonprofessional Polynesian actors. There is an amateurish air to the production that must be forgiven in order to enjoy the tale being told. However, there is no denying that the message behind the story is a powerful and poignant one.
Cliff Vaughn (Ethics Daily) says, "
Ted Baehr (Movieguide) agrees that the movie "has a lot of virtues. Patience, kindness, hard work, perseverance, are all extolled. Furthermore, taking care of the homeless, the lost, and the rebellious are exemplified. Being true to your promises, loving someone for what's inside them, and sacrificing your life for others are also extolled. … The defect … is that there is no real appreciation and recognition, or clarification, regarding the true salvation available in Jesus Christ."from Film Forum, 09/04/03
Caroline Mooney (Christian Spotlight) says
I watched the film with a group of my nephews and nieces. The kids enjoyed it, happy to see the young neglected heroes rise above those who mistreated them. But the acting had the mediocre quality of community theatre, which distracted me despite the film's exotic island settings.