How sad is this?
The movie's not perfect, but it sticks the landing of its message. It was engaging - thrilling at times - and I personally thought it was a great time.
I wanted to love this movie, I really did, but there are unfortunately a couple of things that bothered me immensely.First, I would like to stress that the actors did a terrific job. I actually cried when they cried. The plot was quite original as well. I would have easily given this movie a 9/10, if only the story was told differently.What I did not appreciate at all was the portrayal of atheists vs Christians (because the movie doesn't talk about just any religion). I really didn't like the fact that Christians were portrayed as these innately good, holy people who believe in God and miracles, and therefore deserve them. As opposed to the cynical, heretical atheists whose children die because they don't believe in the supernatural.I mean, let's assume for a second that this story actually happened, like the movie claims it did: a little girl with a severe intestinal disorder was cured miraculously after falling on her head just the right way. Fine, beautiful, magical. But why on earth did the journalist's daughter have to die at the end? Was it just because he was an atheist? And not just any kind of atheist for that matter. He basically didn't allow his daughter to believe in God; he was kind of rude to Christy (Jennifer Garner), who very conveniently was super nice and polite; his wife left him, didn't die just left, so he didn't have the support of a devoted, hard-working, religious partner like Christy did. Why? Because, let's be honest, in the eyes of Christians atheists are lost and empty people who don't believe in the sanctity of marriage, or the unconditional support of your family, and especially of sick children.But the moviemakers just had to take it even further by turning Ben (the journalist) into a believer in the end. I guess it's just like Anna said: "They'll get there when they get there." Heck, I too would consider converting, if that would apparently stop my future offspring from dying.
It's the last 20 minutes or so that completely ruins this movie. It's incredibly bias, arrogant, judgmental and manipulative, and the "miracle", whether true or not, leans totally on the credibility of a Biography, as a genre, like how animation does the same with the genre of Adventure.The first hour to an hour 15 minutes, I was truly enjoying this film, and I empowered it to allow myself the ability for self reflection, and of course, accept the bio for what it is, and what it'll be... And perhaps while I'm at it, gain some level of inspiration myself, however, slow claps, a soulless speech, blatant manipulation to make the story lean one way based on a tale told by an already bias girl who is also heavily influenced by the people she looks up to most (her parents), and just to add insult to injury, we have a man coming forth about the death of his daughter in a fashion where the movie almost damn near implies his daughter died because of his contrary beliefs, with thick sugarcoating of course, completely and utterly ruins and destroys the credibility this film had been setting up.Truthfully, I almost even feel as if, the director, Patricia Riggen, wasn't a director, but rather, the pastor or member of the congregation itself. There is a lot that is wrong with this film; it starts off as a movie, just to end up being a judgment, no matter how much they tried to hide it.Apart from that, just looking at the cinematography, directing, score and acting; The cinematography was pretty great, I've never seen Boston look that good. The acting, one thumb up - though some characters felt random and useless, the music was touching at quite a few points and the directing, had flaws - like the young doctor's condescending and arrogant reaction to Christy's woes and the other doctor delivering the news of Anna's fall with a "gambit" first; it wasn't funny, it was misplaced and highly inappropriate - for example, but overall, a satisfactory job I guess.This movie was floating well above 6/10 for its majority, however that last 20 minutes, was just a crime too difficult to ignore. 4/10, and to be honest, I can't help but feel it deserves even less.
Good plot. Good story. And excellent acting with a really professional cast. Not your average movie. Unusual story and really watch worthy. I have one, and only one comment which makes me a bit uneasy. Maybe 2. I am a Christian, and a faithful church goer, but I am saddened that although the story highlights Anna's view and reason for her miracle, the movie did not portray this in a balanced way. Instead it highlights a bias view of a particular version of Christianity which is flawed and full of propaganda. This from the buckle of the Bible Belt, Texas US evangelical Christianity. Perhaps we need a disclaimer before the start of the movie, so that those who are not Christian knows that the beliefs portrayed in the film comes from a corner of Christianity and not universally accepted by every Christian faith. Unfortunately this is what ruins the Christian genre of movies out there, which can have positive messages but are rejected by the non-Christian.
As a Christian, I can tell you this movie is very uplifting to anyone who follows the religion. This movie was very well written and filmed, also, with no plot holes I was able to notice. My one issue with this movie (and the reason I did not give it a full 10/10) is how utterly depressing it is. I could generally be considered a tough person, but it was hard for even me to hold back all my tears. Yes, of course there's much resolution, but let's just say that in certain cases there isn't. I definitely wouldn't recommend watching it alone, but make sure you're comfortable with the person you watch it with. If you're not comfortable crying in front of people... yeah.MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN~Chie~