The Valero Verdict: Blessed Child


Welcome to another edition of the “The Valero Verdict” movie review. In this, I will give you a quick movie review with a couple of bullet points of which I either liked or disliked. I will end the review with a rating of the movie and short overall thoughts.

On the docket today, Blessed Child, the documentary about Cara Jones attempting to break free of a religious cult.

More than a decade after leaving the Reverend Sun Myung Moon’s Unification Church (the “Moonies”), through a trove of never before seen footage from within the church and extraordinary home videos of her family’s upbringing alongside Reverend Moon and his disciples, filmmaker Cara Jones attempts to finally break free from the religious cult which dominated her childhood. BLESSED CHILD is one daughter’s attempt to unpack the legacy of the decisions her parents made while challenging assumptions – hers and ours – about cults and family.

How does one leave a cult, especially when that cult is your family? The truth for me is that even though I had to leave I could also stay. – Cara

The evolution of man is one of those things that always piques my interest. We have an ever-changing world, whether it’s from the growth of Gay people to the Trans culture, to whether or not either of these is acceptable in the church.

What is okay, what is not okay, is something that depends on who you are talking to within the Church because you have the older generation of thinking, and you have the new generation of thinking, but which is right? I can’t answer that question other than to say I believe you should be whoever you want to be.

Blessed Child is an intriguing look at how individuals can utilize the church as this cult-like following. One of which makes you see things ONE certain way, their way. Mr. Moon was someone who wanted to control people, someone that forces his beliefs onto you, and if you don’t do it his way, you are on the outs.

The best part of this documentary is watching the evolution of Cara’s parents. Cara’s parents were stuck within the idea of what their Church’s expectations were, but they challenged themselves to accept change, and this is how we will overcome the obstacles of today with the challenges of our past.

The Verdict:

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

The short was telling, smart, and on the spot. We should understand that this is a world of change, and we have to adapt. We don’t have to agree with the change, but we should do our best to understand it.

Blessed Child shows us if we can accept a shift in focus, we can allow ourselves to accept change.

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