THE JOURNEY movie has been EXTENDED in theaters through Easter Sunday!
This Easter season join in an unforgettable pilgrimage of hope, majestic beauty, and uplifting music in an inspirational big screen film. THE JOURNEY: A Music Special From Andrea Bocelli, takes viewers on a musical and spiritual journey through the scenic Italian countryside. It premieres in select theaters this Palm Sunday, April 2, with showtimes scheduled throughout Holy Week.
TBN Presents THE JOURNEY: A Music Special From Andrea Bocelli, which follows world-renowned Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli and his wife Veronica as they travel 250 miles on horseback along Italy’s famed Via Francigena, an ancient road taken by pilgrims for centuries in the footsteps of the apostles and saints.
Along the way, they are joined in some of Italy’s most magnificent venues and majestic locations for amazing musical performances featuring Andrea Bocelli and other great artists including Michael W. Smith, Tori Kelly, Tauren Wells, TAYA, Katherine Jenkins, Beatrice Venezi, Clara Barbier Serrano, 2Cellos, 40 Fingers, and Solevoci Gospel Choir.
“Combining world-class musical performances with intimate conversations across the awe-inspiring Italian countryside,” Fathom Events said in a statement, “THE JOURNEY is an exploration of moments that define us, songs that inspire us, music that moves us deeply, and relationships that connect us to what matters most.”
Opening as an exclusive theatrical Fathom Event on Palm Sunday, THE JOURNEY: A Music Special From Andrea Bocelli plays in select theaters throughout Holy Week and Easter Sunday, April 2, 3, 4 & 6, 7, 8, 9.
Andrea Bocelli and his son Matteo
If you don’t know who Andrea Bocelli is, his own life in an amazing story. He’s a famous singer from Lajatico, Tuscany, Italy. He was born visually impaired, with congenital glaucoma. He has said that his mother’s decision to give birth to him and overrule the doctor’s advice to “abort the child” because he would be born with a disability was the inspiration for him to oppose abortion. Imagine if the world would have never known the blind tenor with the golden voice!
Bocelli showed a great passion for music as a young boy. He started piano lessons at age 6 and later learned to play the flute, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, guitar, and drums. By age 7, he was listening to records and trying to emulate the great singers of the time. At the age of 12, he became completely blind following a brain hemorrhage resulting from a football (soccer) accident in which he was hit in the head by the ball while playing goalkeeper. Andrea’s singing career got started in the late 1980s, when he began performing in piano bars throughout Italy.
Bocelli rose to fame in 1994, winning the newcomer’s section of the 44th Sanremo Music Festival performing “Il mare calmo della sera” and catching the attention of another famous opera tenor, Luciano Pavarotti. Since then, Bocelli has recorded 15 solo studio albums of both pop and classical music, three greatest hits albums, and nine operas, selling over 75 million records worldwide. As a crossover performer noted for his unique blend of opera and pop music, he often brought classical music to the top of international pop charts. He has been nominated for five Grammy awards in his career.
Describing his movie, Bocelli said: “We journeyed by horse for over 300 kilometers along a path that was not always easy to travel, but absolutely beautiful, made of meadows and forests; sacred places filled with lasting testimonies of faith, full of art of incredible beauty, and views in front of which one can’t but ponder about creation and the miraculous work of our Heavenly Father.”
What is Andrea Bocelli’s hope for you when you see THE JOURNEY in theaters beginning April 2? He said, “My wish is that the movie can offer an invitation to fully live and recognize our daily miracles.”
The first time I heard of this Andrea Bocelli musical special, I instantly thought of Grandpa. I have fond memories of going to Grandpa’s house on Saturday evenings, watching his TBN shows with him, and sitting beside him while he showed me YouTube videos of his favorite singers. I know he would have loved THE JOURNEY! The main reason why I wanted to watch it was in memory of him.
THE JOURNEY offers a variety of music by diverse artists so there’s something for everyone including contemporary Christian, gospel, traditional hymns, and classical music. There was even Simon and Garfunkel’s “Sounds of Silence” played on two cellos! That was one of my favorites, as was TAYA’s “Oceans” (Where Feet May Fail), Franz Schubert’s “Ave Maria” performed by Andrea Bocelli himself, as well as Bocelli singing “Hallelujah” with Tori Kelly, and “Amazing Grace” sung by all of the artists.
Andrea Bocelli’s THE JOURNEY is a very contemplative, thoughtful film that’s different from other movies out there right now. It’s nice to slow down once in a while and take a meditative break, stopping to enjoy the scenery and the music. THE JOURNEY begins at the Vatican with a blessing and prayer from the Pope, making it clear that Andrea Bocelli is a devout Roman Catholic and very well respected. If you’re not Catholic or don’t like the Pope, you’ll just have to overlook that part which lasts less than a minute. The rest of THE JOURNEY is suitable for Christians of all denominations.
The film features footage of Andrea Bocelli and his wife traveling together on horseback along the ancient pilgrimage road Via Francigena. They meet up with some of the other artists and have meaningful conversations about their backgrounds, music, and spiritual things. Then there is a musical performance in a grand location such as an ancient cathedral or with the scenic Italian landscape as a backdrop. After that, the Bocellis ride on to the next location, and so on. The total run time is 1 hour and 30 minutes, but the film seems to last longer than that since it’s so slow-paced.
THE JOURNEY includes cameos with Bocelli’s son Matteo, 25, and daughter Virginia, 11. But most teens and kids won’t find the film particularly appealing unless they are interested in Italy’s famed pilgrimage route, admire ancient architecture, wish to virtually tour the Italian countryside, or like any of the featured performers. Or maybe they are musicians themselves and would appreciate hearing these artists wax poetically about what music means to them. At any rate, your grandparents will certainly enjoy THE JOURNEY, so treat them this Easter season and take them to see it!
Buy tickets today to see THE JOURNEY, in theaters beginning Palm Sunday and continuing through Holy Week and Easter Sunday: April 2, 3, 4 & 6, 7, 8, 9.
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Disclosure: Many thanks to TBN for providing a sample of the product for this review. Opinions are 100% my own.