Jimmy Mitchell is a special boy. Though he is afraid of water, he is able to see angelic beings known he calls ‘Watchers’ all over his small mountain town. His father is a defense attorney and his mother is a clerk at the local courthouse, so Jimmy is not unfamiliar with the legal process. But he is still unsure of what to do when he overhears one of his father’s clients planning to commit a crime, even though he has been recently acquitted. Jimmy must determine whether or not he is going to overcome his fear to do the right thing no matter what.
Production Quality (2 points)
As is the custom for Whitlow Films, the production quality of Jimmy is above average. The camera work is solid and the camera work is mostly good. The video quality and sound quality are good, but not great. The sets, locations, and props are authentic. Overall, there is not much else to be said here—the production of Jimmy is neither extremely negative nor game-changing. However, it is a step above most Christian films and is likely the best they could have done with the resources available.
Plot and Storyline Quality (1.5 points)
Adapted from another Robert Whitlow book, the plot of Jimmy is solid for a down to earth small town story. The characters are true to life and their emotional struggles are real. Unfortunately, the book’s plot is more dynamic than that of the movie’s. The adaptation is not fully complete and the movie seems subdued and muted. There is nothing glaringly wrong with the plot of Jimmy, but it just doesn’t make it past the average mark. In addition to this, to no one’s surprise, Whitlow elected to use the alternate ending of the novel for the movie. We felt that the alternate ending is what makes the book as creative as it is. Without it, the storyline seems incomplete. Therefore, as is reflected by the score, Jimmy is reduced to an average plot.
Acting Quality (2.5 points)
The acting is the strongest point of this film. The film is well-cast and the actors and actresses are well coached. The only thing that keeps this portion from being perfect is its lack of excellent quality. The acting is great, but not excellent.
Jimmy is a heartwarming film that portrays special needs people in a very good way. Though Robert Whitlow sometimes tends to be too sensational, Jimmy avoids this pitfall. It contains creative conceptions of what special needs people may experience. The bottom line is that the important message of this film should not be missed: all people deserved to be treated as humans created by God. Thankfully, this message is not marred by awful production like many Christian films. It is only too bad that Jimmy was not dynamic enough to make the Hall of Fame.
Final Rating: 6 out of 10 points