The new movie God’s Not Dead, a Pure Flix Production coming out March 21st, promises to be one of the most important movies of the year. In light of all of the negative and morally offensive movies that Hollywood puts out every week, this will be a rare opportunity for moviegoers of all ages to see a movie that casts Christian values in a positive light. It also takes the rare stance of exposing lies that are taught as truth in our Universities.
I am hopeful that it will be well written and well made. A pastor friend of mine saw God’s Not Dead last week at a special showing and he raved about how wonderful it is. I’ll not make any promises on its level of professionalism until I’ve seen it for myself, which I plan to do during its first week of release. I’ll post a full review, at that time, and let my readers know how it rates morally and professionally. I’ll still be glad I took my wife and kids to see it even if the plotting and acting turn out to be sub-par. To me, the message that it’s preaching is that important. However, I know there are many moviegoers that avoid Christian movies because they don’t like the amateur-ish production values. So, I’ll do my best to give a well-rounded review to help them decide if it’s worth seeing or not. That being said, it’s my hope that many people will go see it just to support movies with this kind of message. For more info, go to the official movie website.
2 thoughts on “God’s Not Dead”
Actually, going by the trailer, I can see the “production values” are professional. The cinematography, lighting, sound, sets and locations, makeup etc. are all good. The script has a defensible point-of-view. The music in the trailer might not be the same as the film’s soundtrack. They often aren’t. I hope not, since it’s so “in-your-face” obvious.
My only big problem is with the acting, which might reflect badly upon the director and editor. Except for the Robertsons, who “under-act” in the trailer excerpt, Kevin Sorbo, Dean Cain and kid righteous (played by whoever) are overacting almost to the point of self-parody. If you can’t find three minutes worth of convincing authenticity to put in a commercial, it’s a guarantee the feature-length version will be much, much worse. The gospel performer on stage seemed “real”. Nobody else did.
I watched the trailer again and honestly, I think the acting looks very typical for any movie about college kids. I really didn’t see anything that labeled it as a “Christian” movie other than some of the dialogue and the fact that they’re all so clean cut. The only place I see where the acting looks questionable is the classroom argument scene. I’ll hold my final verdict on that one until I see those clips in context since that’s obviously meant to be a very emotional and in-your-face scene, and might not play as well when clips are played out of sequence.