Saturday, April 19 2014, 01:32 PM MDT
Movie Review: Heaven Is for Real
2.5 out of 5 Stars
Director: Randall Wallace
Starring: Greg Kinnear, Kelly Reilly, Thomas Haden Church
Recommended To: Those already sitting in the choir seats looking for a feel-good Christian film.
Synopsis: Todd Burpo is a small-town preacher who is forced to confront his own doubts when his four-year-old son has a near death experience during which he claims to have visited heaven.
Review: While Heaven Is for Real doesn’t feel nearly as heavy handed as it could have been it is still a film that is only going to reach its core audience. It’s a workmanlike effort that features decent performances from its cast and crew (although Connor Corum’s otherworldly take on four-year-old Colton does occasionally come across as creepy). Screenwriter Chris Parker, adapting from Todd Burop and Lynn Vincent’s book, clearly doesn’t want to ostracize non-believers, but even his careful treatment of the narrative can’t elevate the film to the sort of experience that will transcend audience members’ personal beliefs regarding the afterlife.
-Ryan Michael Painter