Flash Movie Review: Heaven is for Real

Before I write this review I want to say it is not my intention to offend or ridicule anyone’s beliefs or religion. I follow the advice given to me by my very first employer; never discuss politics or religion in mixed company. With that being said, I have noticed the older people get the more comfort they find with the idea there is a heaven. Most people like to know where they are going in life so it makes sense they would want to know in death. I have heard a variety of interpretations from several people on what heaven means to them. For me heaven would be a place where there are no calories in food. Being able to eat something without thinking how it will affect me sounds like total bliss. I have attended funerals where someone commenting on the deceased will say they are now with the person’s significant other or family members and I can see this is meant to comfort the living. Since heaven is not some tangible item that one can hold or visit on vacation, it is open to anyone’s interpretation. Four year old Colton Burpo, played by newcomer Conner Corum, had a very distinct and vivid recollection of heaven in this dramatic movie based on a true story. Greg Kinnear (Little Miss Sunshine, Thin Ice) played Colton’s dad Todd. After a near-death experience Colton began speaking of heaven as if he had visited it during the time of his surgery. His father who was a preacher began to question his own beliefs as people in their small town began reacting to the news. The movie studio scored big time by choosing Connor to play Colton in this film version based on the best selling book of the same title. Connor was so good that I started to believe he was Colton. Greg Kinnear and Margo Martindale (The Hours, August: Osage County) as Nancy Rawling were way above the rest of the cast in regards to acting skills. The direction was okay but I felt there were passages that slowed down as the story at times verged on becoming preachy. I hope what I say next does not make me appear to be stereotyping people, but the movie audience I was sitting with seemed almost reverent. Everyone and I do mean everyone sat quietly in their seats. There were no sounds from people munching on food or commenting to each other. At the end of the movie a good portion of the viewers applauded. I think this will be of those movies that will draw in a specific crowd. Heaven knows if viewers will find this film entertaining.


2 stars

About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on April 22, 2014, in Drama and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 18 Comments.

  1. aguywithoutboxers

    Thanks for your candid observation. I didn’t plan to see this film before and with your review and commentary, I know I’m not missing anything important. I appreciate your honesty. 🙂

  2. I doubt I will see the movie but only because I have read the book which I enjoyed.

  3. Good review, Jordan. This seems like one of those feel-good films we end up enjoying once in a while. I really liked your honest and objective observations on heaven and religion. I hope the movie isn’t too preachy, or else I might be turned off midway.

  4. If heaven is where you meet your rellies, oh boy, I have some serious thinkin to do….
    Thanks for your honest review of this movie.

  5. I stayed away from this film, along with the other films about Jesus Christ and Nelson Mandela. I feel like I’ve seen enough sad slavery and prejudice movies that I just don’t have the taste for them anymore.

    • I understand what you are saying. If I was not in the position of reviewing films, there would have been a whole lot I would have waited for DVD. Thanks for your comments.

  6. Could I request that audience at all the films I attend? It would be so much more pleasant to see a movie where people actually pay attention.

    • Honest to heaven (pun intended) it was so different that I sensed it immediately. At times I feel like going into the theater with a high beamed flashlight and shine it on each offender. Thanks for coming by to leave your comments.

  7. Theatre of Pain

    I want to say first that I believe people should be allowed to believe whatever they like, follow whatever God or Goddess they deem to the one but it really bothers me when people constantly speak of acceptance through religion and then judge others who don’t feel the same way.

    I never read the book but I enjoyed the review as usual. I think the last heavily influenced religious movie I watched was The Passion of the Christ after being offered a free ticket to watch it. I might watch this one when it hits one of the premium channels but otherwise think I will give it a pass.

    • As I just commented to someone, I prefer staying clear of stories or people who are preachy and try to convert people. Sure it is best to wait for the DVD or premium channel. Thanks for the comments.

  8. As a believer in heaven, I am reluctant to watch faith-based movies only because of how something so precious as belief can be either over-done or ridiculed. The provided trailer intrigued me enough to watch it. You’re right–it’s the fine acting of the boy that makes it work.

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