Did you head out to a movie theater for the Christmas opening of “Unbroken?” The film adaption of Laura Hillenbrand’s riveting account of WWII hero Louis Zamperini’s life hit the big screen yesterday.

Lines snaked around buildings. Tears flowed. Many media critics panned the film. But moviegoers erupted in cheers, standing ovations, and emotional tweets.

Whenever Hollywood can inspire patriotism, gratitude, and passion for America’s true heroes and men of faith, it’s a good thing.