Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Movie review: "Heaven is for Real"

As some of you know, I recently lost my grandma and I have struggled to grasp the concept of not having her physical presence in my life anymore.  Mourning is a long process and everyone lives through it differently.
When I was invited to a special screening of the upcoming movie "Heaven is for Real" (in theaters April 16th) I saw it as a sign from God; ironically the invitation came a few days before my grandma died and it was scheduled for the day after her passing so when I realized that I felt more compelled to attend the screening and write a review; nothing is ever a coincidence, right?
I'm a sucker for true stories and this movie is IT; it tells the story of a 4 year old boy who went to heaven and had an encounter with Jesus and some of his deceased family members; knowing that this boy and his family are real people really made it a compelling story, especially during this very difficult time for me.
I had heard of the book "Heaven is for Real" and even though I had no idea a movie was about the come out, I really enjoyed the experience.  Whether you're religious or not, I believe everyone will find this movie to be very touching; the explanation of "heaven" as a state of mind vs. a place is very well handled and the story is very engaging. The lesson of "heaven on earth" is also one that is delivered beautifully in one of the movie's final scenes.
I will say, however, that except for Greg Kinnear the acting was very lame and almost excruciating to watch; I think because the movie was a low budget film they could not afford A-listers and in turn had to settle for random, unexperienced actors which definitely showed.
Either way the movie was a very healing experience for me and had the audience shedding some tears; it was passionate, deep and inviting.
I give it 2.5 out of 4 stars!

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