Mr. Movie

'The Cross:' Arthur Blessitt makes for fascinating documentary

Arthur Blessitt’s deep belief and faith in the salvation of Jesus Christ via death on the cross, led him to first preach on the streets of Los Angeles in the 1960s and then to carry a wooden cross to every country in the world.

With a perpetual smile and carrying a name that fits his mission, Blessitt’s story is told via time in the studio and news stories and home videos shot during his 40-year journey. He cries, he laughs and blows your mind with harrowing tales of a struggle to spread the love of Christ.

Produced and directed by Matthew Crouch, son of Paul and Jan of the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) and producer of the indecipherable Christian movie bombs The Omega Code and Megiddo, Blessitt’s story is stranger than fiction and inspiring.

I wish I had this man’s faith.

Though it is aimed at believers, non-believers will be touched by this man’s life. It is impossible to fake the love and the sincerity you will find in this short, impressive film.

Mr. Movie rating: 4 1/2 stars

Rated PG for mature themes. It opens Friday, May 1 at Regal’s Columbia Mall 8.

5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen

4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.

3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on video.

2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.

0 stars: Speaks for itself.