Coming Home [2017] (Movie Review)

Plot Summary

John works too hard as a doctor and never leaves time to be with his family, but the sudden death of his father at Christmastime forces him and his family, along with his extended family, to slow down and focus on what’s really important.  But getting back together also brings back old memories and reopens old wounds from the past.  John will have to wrestle with his old bitterness in order to face the future in a better way.

 

Production Quality (.5 point)

From the dizzying opening sequence to the end of the film, this production uses a strange amount of skycam footage as the camera constantly moves around, even during scenes.  While video quality is okay, it is really the only good element of this film.  Many of the scenes utilize extremely natural lighting, and the sets are strange and filled with tons of Christmas decorations and prominently displayed Catholic imagery.  There aren’t really any locations to speak of.  Audio quality, for the most part, is overdriven, and the soundtrack is a generic holiday one.  Basically this is a very poor production, but unfortunately, the negative does not stop there.

Plot and Storyline Quality (0 points)

Filled with trite Christian dialogue, Coming Home is extremely shallow yet still is very heavy with message-pushing.  This is not a good combination.  The characters are either very flat or bizarre, thus creating a lot of unintentional comedy.  Besides these obvious errors, there are plenty of Christmas clichés throughout this plot, and it really does not have a clear purpose.  It is a character-driven plot, yet the characters totally drop the ball due to very bad dialogue.  While there might be a good idea in here somewhere, it really does not come through at all.  The presentation is all wrong, which causes this section to not produce any points.

Acting Quality (0 points)

Much like the plot and characters, the cast members also come off as very bland and dry.  Lines are very robotic and are at times mumbled.  Emotions are blank and stone-faced.  Also, a lot of the makeup is poor throughout.  In the end, there is really very little good to say about this movie.

Conclusion

First-time films are hard to pull off most times, but there are definitely ways to make the job easier for yourself.  One way to do this is to make the plot very engaging through realistic characters and accessible dialogue.  You can also do this by having a really good background idea that drives the movie and by making sure it is presented well.  You can also work on assisting your cast to not come off so boring.  Yet unfortunately, Coming Home does none of this, thus leaving us with a poorly created film.

 

Final Rating: .5 out of 10 points