“Heaven Is For Real“
Movie Release Date: Wednesday 16 April 2014
Screening Time: 1 Hour, 40 Minutes
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for thematic material including medical situations.
Cast: Greg Kinnear, Kelly Reilly, Thomas Haden Church, Margo Martindale
Imagine, if you will, coming so close to losing your child that his doctors call his recovery a ‘miracle’. Imagine, if you will, that same child recounting his experiences in the afterlife once he’s recovered. According to the film “Heaven Is For Real” the Burpo family experienced just that. Todd and Sonja Burpo, along with their children, lived in a small Nebraska town when their son Colton fell dangerously ill and nearly lost his life. After making a full and seemingly miraculous recovery, Colton began to tell his father (who was also a pastor at their local church) about his visit into the afterlife, the encounters he claimed to have with Jesus, and the family members he met along the way. Colton’s experiences would forever change his family, their network of friends, and the community in which they lived.
The screenplay, which was adapted from the book with the same title, was true to the original story in every single way. The cast of the film were convincing in their respective roles that captured life in a small, close knit town and the message was clear: Heaven is for real. What would that mean if this child’s near death experience gave us a glimpse of what was to come? How would our lives change if Heaven was, indeed, a real place? “Heaven Is For Real” is the perfect Easter film that is sure to please audience members who are interested in the subject. Skeptics will likely remain skeptical and Christians will undoubtedly walk away with a renewed sense of faith and understanding. This film is all perspective.
On my It’s An Ordinary Blog movie review scale where 1 is the least, 5 is the most, and 10 is the least again: I award “Heaven Is For Real” 7.874 points with a final thought of: “Awww, what a sweet film!”