Movie Review: Heaven Is For Real
Okay, so . . . The title of the movie isn't great, but it's based on a book. So the title of the book isn't great. BUT! Don't let that stop you from watching the movie!
Watch the trailer first, and then I'll tell you my thoughts:
It's pretty darn good. Often, I'll say this about movies dealing with religious content: "It was pretty good for a religious movie." Not so with "Heaven Is For Real." I really enjoyed it. It isn't overly dramatic or sentimental, as many Christian movies are, and I think the reason is the acting. Greg Kinnear plays a great dad and a down-to-earth pastor, and Kelly Reilly plays his smart and sometimes sassy wife. Together, they make for a believable onscreen couple that kisses and argues.
The movie also isn't heavy-handed with gospel doctrine. It's simply a story about a boy who experienced heaven. That's it. If you want to know what his experience was like, then you should watch it.
Note: Although the boy and his family don't belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I think this movie portrays a fairly accurate Mormon perspective on heaven. It's a pretty good start, anyway. Three things, in particular, stood out to me: 1) Christ has a resurrected, physical body of flesh and bone; 2) People have perfected bodies in heaven (i.e., no diseases or disorders); and 3) Heaven looks like Earth, but is more beautiful and more wonderful.
Things I'm thankful for: The two most important gifts and principles of the gospel: agency and the atonement of Jesus Christ. Happy Easter, everybody!