I was honored to be sent a "screener" version of the upcoming film, "Miracles From Heaven." I was unfamiliar with the true story it is based on, so I was watching from a completely ignorant perspective.
This movie was produced by the same folks that brought us "Heaven Is For Real." It has many of the same elements that I totally appreciated about that movie:
Excellent Acting - Jennifer Garner, Queen Latifah, and the rest of the cast (especially the young actress, Kylie Rogers, who plays Anna Beam) nail this film. They brought me nearly to tears multiple times (and I DON'T cry in movies).
Beautiful Cinematography - This movie has some of the best shots I have ever seen in a faith-based movie. Apparently, the director has done some films for the Disney Channel, but this movie looks nothing like anything you would see on that network. It was brilliantly shot. Every scene evokes strong emotion.
Great Story - The story of the Beams dealing with their daughter's mysterious sickness is one that so many parents will identify with. Their faith is tested, their family dynamic is disrupted, and their future is in question. As you watch the movie, you are truly taken on an emotional roller-coaster of emotions.
There were several elements about the movie that I wasn't pleased with. The pastor (played by John Carroll Lynch) is a nice guy, but is portrayed as a bit shallow. His "preaching" is also a bit shallow (more like small-time storytelling and entertainment). The church looks almost identical to the church used in "Heaven Is For Real." But, that scene is totally saved by some incredible music played by the church's worship band - which happens to be Third Day. 🙂
Overall, I was extremely pleased and entertained by this film. It is definitely family-friendly, faith-based, and well worth the money you'll need to shell out to see it. I highly recommend that you do! "Miracles From Heaven" releases on Wednesday, March 16th. Here is the official trailer for the movie: