When Christian Andrews gets a call to attend the funeral of a friend in an obscure New Mexico town, he has no choice but to immediately hitchhike his way there. However, when he arrives, he finds that someone told him the wrong day of the funeral, so he’s actually too late. Nevertheless, he decides to take the opportunity to go and stay at the ranch where his friend once lived, even though he has never met the ranch owners before. He meets the family who owns the ranch and inevitability becomes immediately interested in dating the oldest daughter and decides he wants to start building a chapel on the ranch. Other than tangling with two drunk convicts who work on the ranch in close proximity to teenage girls, not much else happens in this story.
Production Quality (1.5 points)
As a newer Christian film, about the only thing going in the favor of Amazed By You is its mostly average production quality. However, by today’s standards, this should be a given. In this film, the video quality and camera work are fine, as are the sets, locations, and props, but there are other issues to contend with, such as the stereotypical soundtrack and the audio that is often very quiet and sometimes hard to discern. Also, there are a lot of awkward cuts and fadeouts and seem to cut scenes short, which also relates to the choppy editing of this movie that makes it difficult to follow at times. As a whole, this production is average and looks good on the surface, but it leaves a lot of be desired.
Plot and Storyline Quality (0 points)
Exactly, what is the plot of this movie? From start to finish, the story is hard to follow as odd things appear to just happen for no particular reason. It really isn’t rooted in reality very well, and the plot has no clear flow or purpose other than a predictable romantic subplot. Each character comes off as plastic, empty, and unfeeling as they just spout uninspiring lines. Any hope of character development is definitely subverted by the many montages that fill this movie’s run time. It goes without saying that the view of women in the film is unusual, and as a side note, the ‘villains’ are extremely cheesy. Overall, this is mostly a half-hearted movie effort with no clear direction and no concerted attempts to make characters into real people.
Acting Quality (1 point)
Although there weren’t substantial lines to work with in the first place, the acting of Amazed By You is awkward and wooden. Emotions come off as forced, and line delivery is not convincing as there is a definite need for more coaching. Unfortunately, this movie really don’t have much going for it.
It feels like Amazed By You was slapped together and forced to go into production without even deciding upon the messaging of the film. It’s so vanilla that it lacks the typical worldview-pushing of a fundamentalist Christian film and the predictable elements of an inspirational horse film, even though on the surface it looks like it is both of these. It’s hard to find a movie that’s so bland and empty that there really isn’t much to comment about. If this was an attempt to make some quick cash off of inspirational audiences, the marketing really wasn’t that great. In summary, in nearly every aspect, it’s impossible to understand how this film came to be or what it was even going for.
Final Rating: 2.5 out of 10 points