The Reel Review

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A troubled, alcoholic Louisville hairdresser finds purpose in her life when she single-handedly rallies an entire community to help a widower whose five-year-old daughter is in dire need of a liver transplant. Double Oscar-winner Hilary Swank (Million Dollar Baby, Boys Don’t Cry) and Alan Ritchson (The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare, Reacher) star in this drama based on an incredible true story.

Hilary Swank and Alan Ritchson in Ordinary Angels

With a screenplay from Kelly Fremon Craig (Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, The Edge of Seventeen) and actress Meg Tilly, director Jon Gunn’s Ordinary Angels is an inspiring tale about an individual who possesses an impressively dogged determination to overcome seemingly insurmountable odds to save a young child’s life. It is inspiring without being preachy, as some faith-based films are known to do.

Alan Ritchson in Ordinary Angels

Despite a distractingly hokey accent and a murkiness as to the main character’s motive for spending so much time on this well-meaning mission, Swank’s performance still manages to tug at the heartstrings. It is Ritchson, however, with the most heartfelt, nuanced performance as the proud papa/widower who eventually leans into the unsolicited help after initially questioning her motives and then feeling threatened by all her help. Ordinary Angels is a sweet, inspiring tearjerker about the power of perseverance.

REEL FACTS

Hilary Swank and her father Stephen Michael Swank in 2018.

β€’ Hilary Swank filmed Ordinary Angels just five months after her father, who received a lung transplant in 2015, died. She had put her acting career on hold for three years, from 2014 to 2017, to take care of him as he recovered from the operation.

β€’ Alan Ritchson says he convinced the producers to keep the faith aspect in the film, saying that going through a hard time like that makes one experience doubt in their faith.

β€’ Ordinary Angels was filmed in Albany, New York and Winnipeg, Canada.

 

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  1. Melinda Jones July 3, 2024

    WTF?? I need a liver transplant! I worked HARD at it. Nobody feels sorry for ME!! πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€