Ignatius of Loyola (2016) – Film Review

Here is a movie that I can recommend to young men who are looking for adventures in their lives. A humble movie production with a powerful impact to its audience.

In many ways I was able to relate myself to St. Ignatius of Loyola in this film. I was once hungry for fame, riches, and glory. I had big fantasies of military adventurism. I wanted to show off my manhood through brute and might. All of witch were vain. As I grow older, I’ve come to realization that what is most important is to be humble before your neighbors and before God.

This movie shows us exactly the humbling journey of St Ignatius, portrayed by Spanish actor Andreas Muñoz.

Andreas Muñoz as Ignacio de Loyola. A solider who became a saint, and also co-founded the Society of Jesus (Jesuits)

The movie at the start introduces us to Ignacio, a young and vain man who dreams of becoming a well known and battle hardened soldier. His love for books is what has introduced him to the stories of knights. Stories of conquest, fame chivalry, and glory which he models his life after.

He was able to join the military and be part of several winning battles. But he was soon injured in the Battle of Pamplona in 1521 where he fought against the French-Navarrese expedition force. His right leg was severely wounded by a canon ball and he was later sent home. The movie perfectly captures the lament of Ignacio during this ordeal.

There were many other interesting stuff in this movie of what happened in his life. Like the moments when he pushed himself to live a like a beggar but still able to serve others. Or the time where he had to sacrifice being with the woman he loves just so he can serve God’s bigger purpose. And best of all, the thrilling way on how he denounces the devil during his moment of discernment.

The movie isn’t a big budget Hollywood movie. But definitely can be considered as a classic in the religious genre in cinematography. Casted by wonderful actors and actresses and written with inspiring speeches.