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Movie Review – Hillsong Let Hope Rise

October 7, 2016


If you enjoy the Christian worship music of Hillsong (or Hillsong United), you will also find this documentary enjoyable and inspiring. Tracing the origins of the group as the youth worship team led by Joel Houston, son of Hillsong’s Senior Pastor Brian Houston, this program billed as a “theatrical worship experience” gave viewers an inside look at the group’s development. Without overspiritualizing the process, Let Hope Rise shared the journeys of various band members and explored their work together in producing a new album.

For the Hillsong fan, this show was enjoyable to watch and sing along with and also encouraging spiritually. Its not your normal “movie” where one describes plot, character development, acting or the like, so in those respects it satisfies as documentary. For the person who thinks Hillsong (church and worship music) are soft/fluffy or weak theologically, it will not likely change their mind, but it does provide evidence that they seek to be thoughtful and theologically consistent.

The reviewer was provided with a complimentary preview of Hillsong: Let Hope Rise by Graf-Martin Communications in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.




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