Matt Webster and his family are more wealthy than the average American, and they make sure everyone knows it. However, they don’t even like to be around each other and are always trying to find ways to cover up the emptiness inside each of them. But when a series of adverse financial events begin affecting them, they are faced with the choice to live differently or lose everything. Unfortunately, they do not curb their lifestyles and instead are forced to vacate their immaculate home, sell most of their possessions, and move in with Matt’s brother and his family, who do not share their lavish ideals. In order to truly fill the emptiness inside, the Websters will have to be willing to learn and to live differently.
Production Quality (.5 point)
The one good thing about Stand Strong’s production is the video quality—at least it’s clear and professional-looking. However, there is really nothing else good to say. The sound quality back and forth depending on the type of scene that is being filmed. The sets and locations are very limited, mostly taking place inside of the two Webster houses, even though other locations are unsuccessfully attempted. Due to the confusing editing, sometimes the viewer has to guess what is actually happening. The camera work is only good when the camera is obviously stationary. In short, it seems like more could have been done here, but nothing materializes.
Plot and Storyline Quality (.5 point)
There is a profound point somewhere buried in this amateurish plot: people with a lot of money and not enough character often have disjointed family lives and unstable emotions, even when things seem good on the outside. However, this point is communicated somewhat too obviously—dialogue is over-the-top and extreme, thus creating characters with lots of mood swings. On the other hand, the ‘good’ characters are perfect robots with schedules and basements full of canned goods. Stand Strong has the components to be a creative non-typical plot, but it is reduced to unwatchable due to poor planning. Some parts are over-stated while others are understated, almost like this script underwent different cuts and edits at different times. The end is not necessarily neat and tidy, but the ‘bad’ characters become replicas of the ‘good’ characters, forming their own robotic dialogue. In the end, the idea behind Stand Strong needed to be given to a more thorough crew that wasn’t going to just throw something together to have a movie.
Acting Quality (0 points)
This cast seems like a collection of random people were chosen to play parts and then given no help in this endeavor. The actors and actresses are not necessarily cast inappropriately, but no care is taken to make them palatable to the audience. There is potential in each one of them if it is mined properly.
Like we have said many times before, Stand Strong is one of those movies that desperately needs a re-work and a re-write. This idea doesn’t have to go to waste; it is interesting enough to help us overlook this movie’s negative elements to a point. It is unfortunate that the team behind this film was not given more help or did not seek out help when making this movie. If important messages are to be properly communicated, they must be done so in a way that people will listen. We feel that this is done through a professionally made movie, something that Stand Strong is not.
Final Rating: 1 out of 10 points