The Bible is a powerful book that has been changing lives for centuries. A group of people in a small town individually face struggles and circumstances that lead them searching for fresh help, the Word of God comes to them and helps them understand exactly what they need to do. Each situation is difference and each struggle is unique, but the same Book shows each one the way to go. This Good Book can do the same for your life.
Production Quality (2.5 points)
As an ambitious silent film, The Good Book boasts many professional elements. The fundamentals—camera work, video quality, and audio quality—are all excellent. In a silent film, the soundtrack is key, and this one delivers. An original instrumental soundtrack is very effective with this type of movie. Sets and locations are also realistic and down to earth. The only real problem to point out here is the editing, as it is hard to follow where the movie is going. But overall, this is a high quality production that shows great potential for the future.
Plot and Storyline Quality (1.5 points)
It’s not easy to integrate unrelated multiple storylines in a way that is engaging and makes sense. However, The Good Book does this fairly well, even though we would have liked to see a little more plot continuity. There is always going to be a ceiling for silent plots, as dialogue is absent and can only be implied. Yet this story is understandable and powerful all the same. The situations experienced by the characters are realistic and relatable. The ending of the story is powerful and could almost be a movie in and of itself. In the end, this is a great effort and shows true talent. When Sharon Wilharm and her team make a non-silent story, they will be a force to be reckoned with.
Acting Quality (2 points)
Silent acting is sometimes better for some cast members (coughcoughJennGotzoncoughcough). With silent acting, coaching is always needed and thus, the cast members have to work to show emotion, and this usually pays off. Though silent, what this cast is trying to convey is mostly understandable. The main caveat here is that it seems like some cast members are trying too hard to express themselves. But otherwise, this is a good effort.
The Mainstreet Productions team was wise to begin with silent films like this one and Providence. The Good Book has a powerful and undeniable message and is certainly worth a watch. We believe Wilharm and company are talented and have a lot of offer to Christian film, so it will be exciting to see what they do next.
Final Rating: 6 out of 10 points
Full disclosure: We were provided by the creator with a copy of this film in exchange for a fair and honest review