The Resurrection of Gavin Stone – Movie Review

This is a surprisingly good movie. Are secular critics going to rave about how great it is? Of course not. It’s an obviously Christian movie. Christian movies are destined for a certain type of ending, especially a feel-good one with an unbeliever being the main character. Just by reading the summary of film, you can fairly accurately guess what is going to happen. But even though the overall plot is very predictable, they throw some creativity into the way things happen – it’s not all entirely predictable, so that’s a good thing.

The film is labelled as a comedy. Is it overly funny? No, not really. Lighthearted and feel-good with some humour, but I wouldn’t say funny enough to be labelled a comedy. I’m not being stuffy, there just aren’t even that many attempts to be real funny. The plot isn’t real intense or compelling. But the characters are lovable. The acting is good. The camera work is good. It doesn’t feel like a cheap cheesy film.

There is some humour that non-church people may not pick on. This was one of the things I enjoyed most about the film, how they took very Christian/Churchie (in a bad way) things and exposed them without being sacrilegious, judgemental or condescending.

Overall, it’s a worthwhile film for Christians to watch. You’ll laugh a little bit, you’ll enjoy seeing the transformation of Gavin Stone. Will it change your life? I wouldn’t guarantee it, but you should leave being reminded of what Jesus can do in a life, and how God can work in ways we wouldn’t expect.

4/5 Paper Movement Stars

Movie has been provided courtesy of Mongrel Media and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

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The Resurrection of Gavin Stone – Movie Review

90 Minutes in Heaven – Movie Review

Fixated on the “Fixator”

One would expect a movie about a person going to heaven for 90 minutes to include death. What one would probably not expect is a dark, intense movie filled mostly with horrible suffering and negativity. I saw another reviewer who thought that the movie should be called “90 days of Recovery, 90 Seconds of Heaven. That’s a pretty good call.

I can appreciate the effort to display the seriousness of Don’s injuries from a serious car crash, and it’s fine to convey to us that his injuries were very painful. However, with a title that seems intended to draw people to the theatres who are interested in learning about a man’s experience with Heaven it seems disappointing that Don’s Heaven experience plays second fiddle to the pain he went through while recovering, namely because of the fixator the doctors used to save his leg.

This movie needs some comic relief. I think they may have attempted that with a Redneck Wack-Job Attorney that Eva hired. However, his part is just ridiculous, and if he’s supposed to be funny the attempted humour is poorly placed since he is there to try and help Eva, and it seems like he’s likely to leave her worse off.

Overall I thought the acting was very good, the camera work is great – the issue for me and my wife was the storyline. The pace is very slow though, and the movie feels way too long. Don’s accident is shown twice, it seems for no good reason – maybe just to inject a bit of excitement into an otherwise dark film. The movie doesn’t really have a climax.

Some call this an inspirational film but to me it was just way too heavy and depressing. You will likely spend a lot of time pitying Don and his wife, and not a whole lot of time in awe of Jesus.

I realize this is based on a true story, but the fact is that for a skeptic this film offers little proof or descriptions of Heaven, as there isn’t much more to what Don shares than meeting loved ones who are happy to see him.

If you’re interesting in seeing the film, check it out. You may enjoy it. You also may spend a lot of time squirming in your seat waiting for it to be over.

I received complementary tickets to see this movie courtesy of Martin-Graf Communications.

2/5 Stars

90 Minutes in Heaven – Movie Review