Being that Darren and I both love watching lots and lots of movies, we decided to start a new weekly series where we challenge each other to watch a new movie that we enjoyed and feel the other one might also.
The rules are simple; it has to be a movie we have NEVER seen, (not just not reviewed)
Every Tuesday, we will both post both reviews on our sites.
Let’s hope we both can add lots of new favorites to our personal lists
For my review this week, here are my thoughts on…..
Heaven is For Real (2014)
“Is heaven a hope? Or as real as the earth and sky? I once asked my grandfather that question. And he said by the time he knew the answer, it would be too late for him to tell me. The day would come when I asked that question again, staring into the eyes of my son. ” – Todd Burpo
Number of Times Seen – 1 (7 Jun 2015)
Brief Synopsis – After his son suffers a life threatening illness and claims to have seen Heaven, a preacher must confront his own faith in tying to believe his son’s vision. Based on a true story
My Take on it – As a religious person, I tend to be skeptical about movies that show religion in a supernatural kind of way.
I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this movie, but decided to check it out anyway because Darren recommended this to me with flying colors.
I have always liked Greg Kinnear as an actor and he does a great job as the fiery down-to-Earth preacher who begins to question his own beliefs of faith when we doesn’t know what is real or false.
There are times when this film gets a bit preachy and you feel as if certain aspects of faith are begin force fed to you, but those scenes go by quickly and it’s easy to get back on track and enjoy the movie.
One doesn’t need to be religious in order to enjoy this film because it speaks the universal language of faith, faith in others, faith in ourselves to believe what is right and faith in the unknown.
Bottom Line – Very good story that at times feels a bit preachy, but it’s easy to overlook those moments and continue to enjoy this film. Kinnear is a great choice for the lead. It doesn’t matter whether you are religious or not, this story can touch you about faith in others and in the unknown. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The film grossed $3.7 million on its opening day. It went on to gross a total of $22.5 million in its opening weekend, playing in 2,417 theaters for a $9,318 per theatre average finishing in second behind Captain America: The Winter Soldier. (From Wikipedia)
Rating – Globe Worthy
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