Ragamuffin is based on the life of Rich Mullins, a musical prodigy who rose to Christian music fame and fortune only to walk away and live on a Navajo reservation. An artistic genius, raised on a tree farm in Indiana by a callous father, Rich wrestled all of his life with the brokenness and crippling insecurity born of his childhood. A lover of Jesus and a rebel in the church, Rich refused to let his struggles with his own darkness tear him away from a God he was determined to love. As he struggled with success in Nashville and depression in Wichita, Rich desired most of all to live a life of honest and reckless faith amidst a culture of religion and conformity.
For those who complain that Christian movies are too sanitized, they won’t complain about that with Ragamuffin. It is a dark, gritty movie that reveals a side of Christian music that most people have no idea exists. It shows the mentality of music labels whose focus is to make money, of celebrities who are put on a pedestal, of churches who are more concerned with what people think than what is truly important.
Ragamuffin is going to be best appreciated by those who are familiar with Rich Mullins’ music and who want to know what went on behind the scenes in his personal life. Just be prepared, at 137 minutes, this is a very long movie that moves quite slowly. It’s also rated PG-13 and includes cursing and lots of drinking and smoking. Probably not one for the kids. I also wouldn’t recommend this movie for anyone who is struggling with depression as I found it depressing and I’m generally a very upbeat person. But then, maybe someone who struggles with feelings of rejection and loneliness such as Rich Mullins suffered might find encouragement in his struggles.
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