Just when you think you've seen every possible formula for the "family angst" film genre, along
comes something new. Thought provoking isn't the way one would usually describe a film of this subject matter, yet that's exactly the response it draws from the viewer. Although cultural differences cause some contextual loss plot-wise, still present is that dominant thread which connects its story to the audience, regardless the subtitles. All-in-all this is a worthwhile film, very much worth the price of its ticket. It's a foreign release, obviously, but it makes the "domestic" grade here in the U.S. and most handsomely in fact. See it. You won't be disappointed.
I've liked most of the bevy of faith-based films released these past couple of years; some a lot,
some not so much. A theatrical film released for pay exhibition should be purposed first for entertainment, then whatever else. The "whatever else" includes education, news, opinion or messaging in the form of sermonizing. Granted, when seeing a film in this genre the expectation is one of a values-based, perhaps even secular, message. However, the best films in this genre, and those that make them, are successful because they respect their audience's expectation to be entertained for their money. In other words, the key word here should be commercial, otherwise they’re paying for a sermon. Sadly, it's difficult enough to gets screens for a film in this genre and one that disappoints the audience and/or exhibitor's bottom line makes it all the more hard for the next effort that comes along seeking opportunity. This ticket's value is a judgment call best left to the one paying.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 3D
Heaven Is For Real
God's Not Dead
Despicable Me 2
Man of Steel
20 Feet From Stardom
The Kings of Summer
Star Trek Into Darkness
The Place Beyond the Pines
Zero Dark Thirty
Les Miserables (2012)
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