God Is the Bigger Elvis (2012)


“I often wonder why the Lord gave me such opportunity to audition for Elvis. There were so many of us in line that day and I just can’t believe I got the part. ” – Dolores Hart

Number of Times Seen – 1 (28 Oct 2019)

Brief Synopsis – Documentary about the life and religious conviction of a former actress who chose to leave her career behind and become a nun.

My Take on it – This is a film that I came across by accident yet was all ready a bit familiar with the story of Dolores Hart before hand.

They do a great job of telling this story in a fascinating way that allows us to understand who she was as an actress before she made the decision to dedicate her life to the service of God.

She starred in a film with Elvis early in her (short) acting career and that helped define what kind of actress she was destined to become.

The film gives us a nice explanation as to why a promising young actress would leave the world of Hollywood behind and become a nun who was able to find peace and love with the world around her and with God.

The various issues of her life are discussed quite openly and candidly and they do a wonderful job dealing with the biggest issue which is why someone would make such a seemingly radical decision in life.

In actually, it is the force that helped drive her to such a decision since she was seeking certain forms of routine and discipline in life that the Church life offered her.

The thing that slightly disappointed me about this movie is the fact that they don;t discuss at the connection that she still seems to have with the movie world and the fact that she is a voting ember of The Academy which votes on the Oscars.

Bottom Line – Fascinating documentary that tries to give us an explanation as to why an up and coming actress could leave it all behind and find peace with the world and with God.  The story discusses things quite openly and gives us real insight into why she made what seems like a very radical decision but in essence is the kind of motivation that drives a person to seek out certain forms of routine in life.  Was slightly disappointed that this film chooses to not mention how she is still connected to the film world and is a voting member of the Academy for the Oscars. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Although this is not mentioned in this documentary, Hart is still a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (the body that awards the Oscars). She often watches her Academy screeners with her fellow nuns. In 2015 she appeared on CNN’s Michael Smerconish show to discuss her picks for that year’s Oscars. She said that she had a hard time choosing between The Grand Budapest Hotel and Boyhood for Best Picture, but ultimately voted for The Grand Budapest Hotel. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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