I have watched this movie many times and shared it in a classroom setting. Many of the students were just amazed regarding all the persecution Luther went through to withdraw from the religious system and commit himself to the study and publication of the Word of God. He realized that God's Word was for everyone and not just the Catholic Church. In the midst of persecution he stood his ground and would not recant. My whole class exploded with excitement during his trial. Then his discovery that he did not have to be without a wife. Sitting in the attic he realized God was for marriage and he could have sexual pleasure with his partner if he chose one which he did later in the movie.
I loved the gentleman he called Father as God used this man greatly to encourage Luther to study the Word of God. We were all thrilled when in the end he won his battle and the Bible was written in German so the people could read it and know what the real Truth was and not according to the Catholic Church. Thank God for men like Luther that stand their ground for the gospel and are willing to suffer no matter what. We were blessed to find so many people followed him in his beliefs and became Christians. His realization that you cannot buy your way to heaven made a great impression on all of us. He realized that salvation was a gift and the Word of God had been kept from the people in order to control them. Joseph Fiennes did a wonderful job in the role of Luther. This movie should be viewed by every Christian. It is outstanding.
We were impressed at his writings as well and to find a theologian that spoke the truth even when his best friend was against him. However, some of his friends protected him and joined him in his efforts as they knew the Catholic Church was abusing the poor and taking their money to benefit their kingdom rather than God's.