Monday, March 23, 2015

Do You Believe script is weak, but with a bold message

Movie:  Do You Believe?

PG-13, 1 hour 55 minutes

Grade: C

In a Nutshell:  If enough people support Christian movies at the box office, then maybe the films will improve.  The writing in this film is just not very good, but the message is still sweet.

Uplifting Theme:
The narrator explains, “I’m not sure any of us gets to see the whole picture…the God’s eye view…so to speak.”   God is the master weaver.  We only see the threads from underneath the tapestry, but one day we will see the genius of God’s handiwork in it all.  In that immense tapestry, we’ll get to see that one thread, our own life, is what makes the masterpiece complete.

Things I liked:
·         We often don’t realize the impact our lives have on each other.
·         The bold song at the end of the movie proclaimed “We believe!” and testified of Jesus Christ and resurrection.  I believe those things too.

Things I didn’t like:
·         All of these Christian movies seem to have the same ole cast with the same ole story: sappy believers who quote scriptures all the time while looking off in the distance, ridiculous non-believers who end up in the hospital and change their minds.
·         There are a lot of story lines that come together in the end, but until then, the script is pretty messy.
·         Cybill Shepherd isn’t aging very gracefully, but then again, neither am I.
·         With a cast full of decent actors like Sean Astin, Lee Majors, Cybill Shepherd, and Mira Sorvino, you would think that the acting would be better.   
·         Some of the characters are just plain annoying and clichéd.
      Most of the inspiring lines in the movie came off of T-shirts and plaques you've probably already seen in Christian bookstores.
       I'm guessing cross sales are going to go up.  You know, not all Christians wear and use crosses to celebrate Christ's resurrection.  Speaking of resurrection, Happy Easter this week!

Interesting lines:
·         “The man whose death certificate you just signed is sitting right here, talking to you.  I’m just saying…you might want to reconsider believing in miracles.” – Joe
·         “What are you doing?” – EMT
“Praying…more like apologizing.” – Latina nurse
*  "If you believe, what are you going to DO about it?" - 
*  "If you were accused of being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?" - EMT

Tips for Parents:

·         This is a safe movie for all ages, although most children will be pretty bored.

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