Okay, I’m going to be really honest here.
When I was invited to the movie premiere of “I Can Only Imagine,” I was super excited, BUT, I was a little concerned, too. Because, I was invited to cover the premiere and also share my thoughts on the movie itself.
Clearly, we had a great time on the red carpet, laughing with celebrities and just taking in the experience in itself!
But, again, I was a little concerned about how I would review the movie. It might just be me, but some of the previous christian genre movies that I watched were a little… well… not great.
Sure- the message was great!
Yes- the moral of the story was perfect!
Absolutely- it was suitable for all ages!
But…. the acting.
Dear Lord, the acting.
Some of them were painful to watch.
Is it just me?!
Tell me it’s not just me!
So, when I was invited to the red carpet to review this movie, I was mostly looking forward to the red carpet itself, rather than the actual movie.
There, I said it.
But, I was also a little on the fence about it, after all, the cast includes some amazing actors and actresses like Dennis Quaid, J. Michael Finley, Priscilla Shirer and Cloris Leachman- all seasoned actors/actresses who’ve never failed me before.
They didn’t fail me this time, either.
This movie was SO much more than I expected. I expected to be moved, but I didn’t expect to laugh AND cry! (It takes a lot for a movie to make me cry).
ICOI is such a well-rounded movie, and one that will resonate with SO many people- especially, if you’ve ever had to forgive someone or be fogiven. This movie is all about redemption and forgiveness and if you’ve ever had to forgive someone then it will hit a nerve. On the flipside, if you’re in a position where you know that you need to offer forgiveness, but you feel as if that’s impossible, then you NEED to watch this.
“If there’s one thing that I’ve learned in life, it’s that holding onto resentment does more damage to the host than it does to the receiver. And, when you get to the other side of forgiveness, you’ll wish that you would’ve gotten there sooner.”
ICOI doesn’t shy away from the difficult parts of Bart Millard’s journey, and doesn’t sugar coat what most movies probably would. Instead, it goes there.
You feel so much sadness for young Millard; You feel so much bitterness towards his father- only to get to the end of the movie, feeling truly moved and inspired at this incredible story.
My favorite part about this movie, is that it’s based on Bart Millard’s life (the lead singer of MercyMe, who wrote the ICOI song), so, at the end, you get to see some real-life photo’s, read a few updates about Millard, MercyMe, and more.
Don’t you just love those parts of real-life movies?!
So, if there’s one movie that you go see this month- make it I Can Only Imagine on 3.16 (think, John 3:16).
Take your mom; take your husband; take your friends.
You’ll be glad that you did.
In theaters, 3.16.18.
For more information, visit: www.icanonlyimagine.com.