Friday, April 18, 2014

Movie Review: Heaven is for Real

I went to see this movie yesterday with a friend of mine. We went to see it on a Thursday afternoon at 1pm at the AMC theatre at the Block of Orange. There were about 8 other people in the theatre. I wanted to see it on Easter Sunday but since I had the day off, I thought it would be great to see it before then.

The movie starts out with a girl in Lithuania drawing a picture of Jesus. We are then taken to a small town in Nebraska and follow the story of a young boy who gets very sick with a ruptured appendicitis. The story follows Todd Burpo and his family and the tragic events that led up to their son getting sick. Todd Burpo is not only a pastor, but also a garage door installer, a member of an adult softball team and a volunteer firefighter.

I read the book before watching the movie and many parts are left out such as how Colton, the little boy, is misdiagnosed several times before he gets very sick. The movie seemed to focus more on how the church got involved after the pastor starts talking about his son's trip to heaven to his congregation. One of the church members is upset with how the pastor starts including his son's story into his sermons.

In the end, we see how Colton define Jesus' appreance to that of the painting drawn from the little girl in Lithuania. Overall, I think the movie was okay and I felt a lot of important details from the book were left out.

I wish there had been more bible scriptures included in the film just like they were mentioned in the book. I thought the focus was more on the father than the little boy and they did add a few details that were not in the book to dramatize the movie more.

I would recommend this movie to anyone that has read the book. If you haven't read the book, then I believe the movie might seem kind of dull.


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