While high-power executive Alza Bennet is on her way to see her parents, her sister, and her niece and nephew for Easter, who car breaks down, which leads to a serious of disastrous events, including her being stuck with a reclusive country farmer as her only option for transport. Since she has not seen her family in over a year, Alza is desperate to get there on time, but things keep happening that delay their trip, not to mention the fact that she and her driver cannot get along at all. But slowly, Alza begins to see the joy of simplicity away from her fast-paced life, even though she hates to be inconvenienced.
Production Quality (1.5 points)
Over the years, Kelly’s Filmworks has certainly improved their production quality. In Pieces of Easter, video quality and audio quality are what they should be. There are still some trademark Jefferson Moore artistic camera angles, but that’s his brand at this point. The soundtrack is also random and cheesy and is seemingly made up of free music. However, sets, locations, and props, are authentic and more diverse than usual. Finally, the poor editing mostly holds this production back from being better. Thus, it must be rated as average. Though this is an improvement from the past, we still feel that they can do better.
Plot and Storyline Quality (.5 point)
Pieces of Easter is a better version of the typical Jefferson Moore two-character conversation plot because things actually happen outside of the drawn-out conversations, and they are actually less drawn out than usual and are broken up by some attempts at comedy. However, not all of the comedy is funny and some of it is quite forced. Though this storyline is a stereotypical fish-out-of-water plot, it is presented better and is likely as good as this type of limited story is going to get. This is likely because attempts were made to develop the characters through dialogue, although they could be deeper. The biggest drawbacks to this plot are the overly-plentiful dead scenes and goofy montages. There are too many slow parts that don’t hold the attention and too many references to off-screen content. Overall, though this is a nice try, it really doesn’t make it far enough.
Acting Quality (2 points)
With some slightly different than usual cast members, the acting is the strongest portion of this film. However, some lines are still mumbled and some emotions are still over the top. However, most cast members are placed in appropriate roles. This overall rounds off a decent performance.
The Moores and the Kelly’s Filmworks team certainly never gives up. They have been on a steady upward trend throughout their career. Pieces of Easter is a far cry from low-quality productions like The Perfect Stranger saga and Clancy. It demonstrates real effort to improve, which is encouraging. With just a little but more work done on production, some continued casting quality, and more creative plots, this team will finally make their mark on Christian entertainment.
Final Rating: 4 out of 10 points