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.