Religion is a touchy subject to many out there in the world, especially given politics of today and the verbal sharing of the world. Yet, there is something inspirational in the stories that are told and the miracles they can bring in their messages . Tonight is another one of those movies that hopes to bring the word of the Lord to life, in a format that’s slightly more modern than the bible they are based on. Yet, the movie sometimes loses its focus when it gets too preachy, and only those are major devotion will enjoy those moments to the max. Will this latest romance/drama follow suit, or will we be treated to a fun surprise. Well sit down and enjoy the ride as we hit up:
Movie: I Still Believe (2020)
- Moves At A Decent Pace
- Passionate Scenes
- Cool Display of Miracles
- Some Of The dialogue
- The Musical Performances… when they happened
- Not Much Story With The Family Or Other Supporting Characters
- Not many Songs or Length Of Songs
- Almost Feels Incomplete
- The Acting at Times Is Very Forced
- Diluted The Impact Of The Story With limited writing
A movie with young romance is often very cute in a movie like this, to which this film succeeds at achieving. The relationship may start at awkward, but eventually evolves into something that is adorable to see unfold, especially at the energy it brings to what can potentially be a depressing movie. Unlike some other movies, the film manages to keep a good pace, always keeping the romance moving towards what will surely be an intense lesson and minimizing how many tangents these films can sometimes take. Eventually, the movie crosses a barrier though, and drops into a passionate story that shows you just how much these two people love each other. From all the acts the guy and girl do for each other, this true story is inspiring to see that there just may be hope for the world at times. The miracles that come out of the woodwork in this film are also pretty cool as well, displays that no one can expect (unless you read about them) again helping drive you to the faith and salvation that comes with it. Messages like these are only further emphasized by some amazing writing, which could have been adapted from the live letters the couple donated, that are poetic, heartfelt, and even brings tears to much of the audience. Finally, the musical moments that show off not only praising, but the talented voices of our actors, helped add a little variety to the mix, my favorite being the beach scene that seemed to culminate the power of music.
However, the movie happens to fail on some other things for me that took away from me from this film. First, despite this being a movie about coming together in the name of the Lord, the family’s involvement was actually a little limiting. Their impact has its moments, but I felt very disconnected with most of the other members, as the two protagonists danced around their relationship, which I guess is what most go into looking forward. Now maybe the songs make up for it, after all there are plenty of these films where the music comes in to save the day with a stunning performance. This movie has one moment to have you lift your arms, but outside of a few numbers, the songs are mostly sound bites and quickened performances that get lost to dialogue. My friend and I both really could have enjoyed the musical spectacles, but alas they did not put stock in it. As such, the film feels very incomplete in terms of involvement and integration, a shame given the potential of the film from the trailers. In terms of acting, they are okay, nothing that blew my mind, but was believable in the moments that counted. However, the movie feels very forced at times, the dialogue in particular coming off a bit cheesy as the actors try to make the words come to life as the chemistry is developing. Humorous at times, whether meaning to or not, I was hoping that some better writing or adaptations to the lines could have really stood out (which got better as the movie neared its finish). It’s not that it’s bad, please don’t take it that way, but compared to other movies… the writing did not really amplify this tale like I expected. Finally, you know it’s coming, but the movie dives into the realm of being preachy again. If you are a devoted worshipper, this will not impact you one bit, and though faithful to the word I have to put my bias aside. There are times where the dialogue is very forced to the written word, going to the preachy side that will make people roll their eyes and potentially turn away from the message at hand. I’m warning you again to go in expecting this, and if you can filter the… cheesy moments out, the message can still get to you.
I Still Believe has the intended audience built into the title as a passionate, religious focused movie that will either make you raise your hands up or roll your eyes at the antics. A cute relationship with inspiring moments, the movie manages to move at a fast-enough pace to be entertaining, yet focus on those key moments to nail you with the religious prowess that they wanted. However, the movie sort of leaves out the other characters, primarily their families that I would have thought would have been front and center in the relationship at hand. In addition, the acting feels forced, the impact of the scenes dwindled down by incomplete storytelling, forced dialogue, and preachy moments that needed a little more magic. Throw in that for a song singer there are not many songs to get into… and well you may be disappointed by the full-on presentation. The key demographic is those of heavy faith, for the majesty of God’s words will fill these audience members with renewed energy. However, this is not my favorite of the worshipping films and I think others are better at delivering the message at hand. I think this film is best suited for home viewing, unless you can get a church group to go. My scores for this film are:
Movie Overall: 6.0