On the day of Jesus’ death, two thieves were crucified with Him–one on His left and one on his right. They were paying for their earthly crimes while Christ was atoning for the sins of all humanity. However, each of them had one last chance to accept redemption from the very Savior Who wanted to save them from their sin.
Production Quality (1.5 points)
It’s clear that the budget of The Two Thieves was quite limited, which is evidenced by some shaky camera work and some limited sets, props, and locations. However, the props therein are very culturally authentic and demonstrate good attention to historical detail. Elsewhere, video quality, audio quality, lighting, and the soundtrack are all good and are enough to keep this section average. Though editing is a bit limited as well, this production shows a good start to even greater things in the future.
Plot and Storyline Quality (2.5 points)
As The Two Thieves is basically the conceptual predecessor to The Chosen, it showcases the God-given talents of Dallas Jenkins, Tyler Thompson, and the rest of their creative team. This is evidenced by this storyline’s good adherence to Jewish cultural traditions and historical accuracy, which is seamlessly interwoven with deep characters who are developed through motive-revealing flashbacks and well-constructed conversations. The continuity between scenes is also great, and this is all done with a limited time frame. Elsewhere, the story feels very authentic and gritty as the writers are not afraid to be realistic about the hard times of first century Judea. Further, the non-linear plot style is a nice touch. In the end, this storyline is good enough to be nearly perfect, and the only thing holding it back is the time constraint.
Acting Quality (2 points)
Due to restricted funding, The Two Thieves was unable to assemble a fully authentic cast, but thankfully, the accents of the characters are realistic and well-done. Moreover, the lack of complete cultural realism is really the only main concern with this cast as they consistently portray believable emotions and mostly deliver their lines in professional manners. There are a few tiny concerns with line delivery, but in the end, this section demonstrates another reason why God called this creative team to make The Chosen.
As a whole, The Two Thieves proves that, when things are in order, a movie maker and their team can craft a deep story using a small budget. This offering is a perfect example of how short films can be used as a springboard to future greatness. Although this one didn’t quite make it all the way, it still provides a template for future creative teams to replicate.
After Jesus chose a majority of His followers, He began to slowly but surely reveal His nature to the world through public miracles and teachings. Though He mostly ministered in obscurity, His work drew the attention of multiple different spheres of influence: common people, powerful politicians, and power-hungry religious leaders. However, Christ never discriminated in who He chose to follow Him as He broke down social and cultural barriers in order to proclaim His love for all humanity.
Production Quality (2.5 points) Much like the first half of Season 1, this season’s second half boasts a very high-quality production that both lives within its means and makes the most of what it has. Though camera work can be a bit shaky at times, much like the former half, there are virtually no other production flaws to note here. Video quality and audio quality are both flawless as the camera captures poignant scenes that feel like real life. Sets, locations, and props are incredibly authentic and demonstrate extreme care for historical accuracy and attention to detail. Perhaps the most impactful element of the production is the exquisite soundtrack that is creatively and artistically placed to enhance key moments and to draw the audience into the story’s emotional experiences. Further, editing is seamless and presents a well-crafted plot in a professional manner. In the end, Dallas Jenkins and his very talented creative team have once again showcased their God-given talents in a very responsible manner that has revolutionized Christian entertainment at a time when it was desperately needed.
Plot and Storyline Quality (3 points) However, there’s still more to say. It’s undeniable that the extreme humanity of The Chosen’s characters are what make the series more than a run-of-the-mill Bible drama. Tyler Thompson and the other writers clearly went great lengths, as prompted by the Holy Spirit, to not only ensure the accurate cultural profiles of the characters but to also make them very flawed and relatable to all audiences, which is something other Biblical productions have been allergic to. The Chosen doesn’t just show the viewers a collection of well-known miracles and stories: the lead-up and fallout of each important event is carefully crafted and woven together with other intriguing subplots. All of this is good enough without even mentioning the way some scenes are presented in artistic manners that are nearly flawless in their presentation. Dialogue and conversations between characters are very deep, meaningful, and even philosophical at times, which is something we rarely see in Christian entertainment. Basically, there are more positive qualities in this section than can be named, which has warranted a separate discussion on how the subplots interlock and interact. In the end, The Chosen creative team has transformed the development of series and characters in Christian entertainment, and there’s no going back from here.
Acting Quality (3 points) With virtually the same cast from episodes one through four plus others who add more life than there already was, the acting of episodes five through eight does not waver from its previously perfect score. In fact, many of the cast members build off of their roles and become even more comfortable in their characters. Emotions are right on target such that they can be felt by the viewers, and line delivery is basically perfect. This cast is so heavily talented that it’s posing a good problem for Box Office Revolution’s upcoming Actor and Actress of the Year Awards, which is a type of dilemma we have unfortunately never been faced with in our reviewing experience.
Continuity Quality (3 points) Continuity is where many Christian series completely drop the proverbial ball because the episode are often disconnected and self-contained. However, every episode of The Chosen that has been released so far are somehow able to be both self-consistent as well as connected to the bigger picture, which is an important component of a great series. One way the continuity is best demonstrated in through the use of flashbacks to cover both previously overlooked New Testament stories along with relevant Old Testament accounts, and this latter inclusion is one of the added bonuses of episodes five through eight. Finally, the ending of each episode is epic and demonstrates how much this creative knows what they’re doing and how much they have relied on God to get this project right.
The second half of The Chosen’s first season also receives two x-factor points for presenting the greatest stories of history in the ways they should have been portrayed all along as well as for being re-watchable and binge-able. There’s hardly anything we would want changed about The Chosen at this point except for an even bigger budget to do better things with since Jenkins and the rest have demonstrated an ability to responsibly steward the resources God’s given them. As a side note, we receive no compensation or reward for our reviews and advertising of this series, but we wholeheartedly support its full release and strongly encourage you to both watch Season 1 during this year’s holidays and to share it with as many people as you can. This is first time a season of a Christian series has been critically acclaimed and placed on the Box Office Revolution Hall of Fame. We believe The Chosen has a rare, God-given opportunity to change not only the Christian entertainment world but also Christian culture as a whole because it’s a fresh, high-quality look at well-known stories that are timelessly relevant for all people.
Writer(s): Ryan Swanson, Tyler Thompson, Dallas Jenkins
Director(s): Dallas Jenkins
Producer(s): Chad Gunderson, Justin Tolley, Derral Eves, Ricky Ray Butler, Earl Seals, Matthew Faraci, Dallas Jenkins, Ryan Swanson
Starring: Shahar Issac, Erick Avari, Jonathan Roumie, Paras Patel, Noah James, Elizabeth Tabish, Lara Silva, Nick Shakoour, George Xanthis, Giavani Cairo, Janis Dardaris, Brandon Potter, Jordan Walker Ross, Ivan Jasso, Shaan Sharma, Kirk B. R. Woller, Anne Beyer, Kian Kavousi, Shayan Sobhian, Christopher Maleki, David Amito, Ricco Fajardo, Nina Leon, Aalok Mehta, Nene Nwoko, Sarah Anne Burciaga, Raj Bond, Antonio Brunetti, Kenn E. Head, Aaron Himelstein, Mike Saad, Grey Acuna, Yasmine Al-Bustami, Vanessa Benavente, Troy Caylak, Noah Cottrell, Amato D’Apolito, Adetokumboh M’Cormack, Jennifer Joseph, Leticia Magaña, Reina Ozbay, Stelio Savante, Joey Vahedi, Amber Shana Williams
Plot Synopsis: Season 2 of the groundbreaking new series follows Jesus and His disciples during his earthly ministry outside of Capernaum.
Derral Eves, executive producer of The Chosen, announced this week that the much-loved series is slated for seven seasons! The subsequent episodes will be filmed in Parker County, TX – Capernaum Village, etc. – and will portray the entire life of Jesus. Click this link to watch, share, and support the show! https://studios.vidangel.com/the-chosen
When Jesus first began His earthly ministry, He had already chosen those He would minister to and use to transform the world around them. They came from all walks of life: lower class fishermen, upper class religious leaders, well-to-do tax collectors, and lowly street prostitutes. Regardless of background or belief, Christ determined to use regular people to carry out His work…however, it couldn’t happen until they had life-altering experiences with Him.
Production Quality (2.5 points) The highest independently crowdfunded effort in entertainment history has certainly paid off. There’s no question that a lot of hard work was put into making this first season, and it shows in nearly every aspect of it. Though the perspective camera work is a bit rough at first, it definitely gets better and isn’t noticeable at all in later episodes. Similarly, the lighting is realistically dark in many scenes, which was hard to perfect at first, but again, it greatly improves as it goes on. Other than the poorly animated opening sequence that has a great idea behind it, there are no other problems to point out in this nearly flawless production. The sets, locations, and props feel very realistic and authentic as the series creators demonstrate a clear commitment to looking at the characters in accurate cultural contexts. Video quality is crisp throughout, and audio quality is seamless, including a very engaging and creative soundtrack that reflects historical themes. As a whole, this production is a reflection of how this series is a much-needed breath of fresh air in the industry, and thankfully, the positive qualities didn’t stop with just this section.
Plot and Storyline Quality (3 points) It would’ve been very easy to spend all the time on making the production worthwhile after all the money and time that was invested in it, but Dallas Jenkins and company refused to settle, yet the storyline is a major reason why this series will transform Christian culture and even reach outside the church. The reason why it’s so transformative is because it demonstrates a profound understanding of the real people who encountered Jesus and portrays them in very accessible, down-to-earth ways. These Bible characters are no longer “heroes of the faith”–they are imperfect people with backstories, motives, flashbacks, and personality tendencies just like us. Not only do they feel like everyday people, but the writers also wisely chose to focus on them in their cultural contexts as a heavy emphasis on Jewish tradition is subtly explored. The use of flashbacks to build character motive and backstory is also highly effective in helping us understand where they’re coming from and why they do what they do; this is often a missing ingredient in most depictions of Bible characters. Besides the characters being so well-developed, their subplots are interwoven very well as their stories realistically cross back and forth and creatively weave together to prepare for the next steps. Further, the psychological themes and artistic concepts of the series are presented in very natural ways without forcing too much on the audience while still being creative. In the end, there are many more positive aspects to highlight about this season (more than can be listed here), which is a very surprising feat in Christian entertainment. There’s no doubt that this is the best Christian series season to date, and it’s the first one to be inaugurated into the Hall of Fame.
Acting Quality (2.5 points) The casting and acting of The Chosen show a commitment to cultural authenticity in more ways than one…where a fully cultural cast member couldn’t be used, correct accents were taught and coached, which adopted a model similar to the one used in Nativity Story. No matter what, dedication to effective coaching is evident as the cast members showcase subtle talent in their line delivery and emotional portrayals. While there are some minor costuming issues, it’s nothing much to write home about, and we can’t wait see how these recurring cast members will continue to shine in future seasons.
Continuity Quality (3 points) Never before have we seen a Christian series (other than some parts of A.D.) that actually tries hard to interweave its subplots in ways that make them cross at appropriate times and keep the audience engaged in what may happen next. These are actually storylines you want to follow as the character arcs bend at realistic times and flow dynamically into each other. While it can be difficult to interest a Christian audience with familiar Biblical accounts, The Chosen sets up great backstories for well-known stories and provides great reasons for why things happen the way they do. In the end, there’s no question that this is the best Christian season to date.
Hence, The Chosen, Season 1 wins two x-factor points for re-watchability and for presenting important content in very audience-friendly ways. Dallas Jenkins and his team have established themselves as the future of Christian small screen entertainment, so your support of VidAngel is greatly appreciated (go to the link to watch the first season)! The more we support Christian entertainment that’s actually worthwhile and worthy of promoting to the people we know, the more likely it is we will see a real change in both the field and the culture as a whole. If you’ve already supported this first season, make sure to tell a friend that it’s well worth their time and money. We expect great things from this crew in the coming days.
Every year, movies are released and cast members show off their talents. Writers and directors showcase their creativity. Films are separated into roughly three groups: the truly talented, the potentially great, and the others. At Box Office Revolution, we believe it is our prerogative to annually recognize those movie makers and players who have the ability to bring revolution to Christian entertainment.
When a burned out and bored taxi driver picks up a troubled character late at night on Christmas Eve, he just wants the night to be over. However, as the night goes on, the taxi driver becomes more intrigued and even concerned about the nature of his passenger’s journey. He tries to engage the passenger in conversation, but this is mostly unsuccessful. Will he be able to get through to him before it’s too late?
Production Quality (2.5 points)
As an early film from Vertical Church, The Ride demonstrate production efficiency and quality, even in a shorter film. Even before The Resurrection of Gavin Stone, this church has been committed to high quality films. This is evident in this film’s great video quality, audio quality, and camera work. The soundtrack is also creative. Sets, locations, and props are appropriate for the film. The only nitpick to point out here pertains to the editing, as there are a few dead scenes that stand out in the short film. But this isn’t much to notice, and this film is presented in a very professional fashion.
Plot and Storyline Quality (1 point)
Though sometimes it is better to make a short film for a small idea, it is possible that The Ride is one instance in which this was not the case. It seems like there was more content that could have been included in this plot, especially since the two main characters that are focused on are fairly well developed. This is done through efficient dialogue that builds their backstories realistically. The circumstances therein are believable and realistic. Both serious and comedic moments are presented effectively. However, as previously mentioned, we really wanted to see more from these characters, and perhaps other ones as well. Moreover, it seems like this plot was written to be a short film, which is perfectly fine. On the whole, this story shows just what Dallas Jenkins is capable of.
Acting Quality (3 points)
Rather than settle for only using inexperienced cast members from the local church, Dallas Jenkins and his team cast more experienced actors for the main roles. Kirk B.R. Woller and Brad Heller are excellent in their respective roles. This is possibly Brad Heller’s best role outside of Mom’s Night Out. Overall, though this is a tiny cast, there are no acting errors to point out here.
Sometimes starting out small is better. Dallas Jenkins made feature length films before this one, like Midnight Clear and What If, yet the former of these was not very good. It’s possible that with the creation of short films, Dallas and his team were able to hone their skills better and produce a much better film in The Resurrection of Gavin Stone. Moreover, as it is, The Ride demonstrates a lot of positive aspects that will make it an enjoyable film for many people this holiday season.
Elizabeth LeRoy grew up in a small town in the 1950s, but she considered her life to be boring. That is, until the new young pastor came to town and began spending a lot of time with her. They eventually fell in love, but as they were engaged, he was called off to fight in the Korean War. Elizabeth waits for him, but when her father dies and she receives word of the death of her fiancé, she feels like she has no choice but to ask her lifelong friend Will for help. With everything seemingly falling apart, will she be able to follow God’s plan for her life?
Production Quality (2.5 points)
Made in the era of collaboration among Larry Levinson, Hallmark, and Fox Faith, Through None Go With Me is clearly a quality production. Video quality and camera work reflect this professionalism, as do historically authentic sets and locations. Audio quality is fine, except for the stock Hallmark soundtrack. There is really nothing negative to highlight here except for some editing problems, mostly pertaining to excessive time jumps. But overall, this is a great effort.
Plot and Storyline Quality (1 point)
Based on Jerry Jenkins’ novel, the film is mostly fine, though there is a slightly altered plot. However, since there are excessive time jumps, there is too much content that is passed over due to there being too much to start with. Thus, information dump dialogue replaces natural plot progression. Narration also serves as a crutch to bridge the gaps. Everything is far too rushed as the story just hits the high points. Character development is left in the dust as dialogue is empty and trite. However, the plot does portray a somewhat realistic progression of life, even if the ending is slightly predictable. In the end, it’s great to base films off of books, but don’t do it in such a way that the original point is lost.
Acting Quality (1.5 points)
Though None Go With Me is a pretty standard early 2000s Hallmark casting job. As such, there are plenty of good elements but others that weigh it down. Some acting is effective while some of it is overdone, forced, or lazy. Also, some costuming and makeup are unrealistic, another typical Hallmark pitfall. But overall, this portion is pretty average.
Jerry Jenkins is a gifted writer, and thus, his stories should be portrayed on the big screen. But they should not be done in this fashion, so that they are compressed and chopped up in pursuit of fitting into a comfortable ninety-minute, made-for-TV runtime. A life epic cannot unfold like this and characters cannot be developed properly in this time span. So when bringing novels to life, consider that you might need to do so in two parts, not all at once.
Gavin Stone, a washed-up child star, is trying to find his next big break when he gets himself in big trouble with the law. As a settlement, the judge offers him a deal that includes required community service hours at a local church. Gavin accepts the deal and returns to his hometown to stay with his father, whom he has not spoken to in years. While working at the local church, Gavin stumbles upon a church play they are planning for Easter and decides to audition for it. However, in order to get the part of Jesus, he has to pretend that he is a Christian. But the longer he pretends, the more he becomes interested in what his new friends have to offer. He will have to decide how long he’s going to keep up the charade and whether or not he wants the real thing.
Production Quality (3 points)
With an adequate budget, wise spending, and clear talent, the production team of The Resurrection of Gavin Stone proves that churches can make high quality productions. There are no errors to point out here—camera work is professional and video quality is crisp. Audio quality is flawless and the soundtrack is adequate. The sets and locations are realistic and down to earth. There are also no editing problems; everything flows perfectly. In short, Vertical Church and the rest of this team set their minds to making a top-notch production, and it paid off.
Plot and Storyline Quality (1 point)
Throughout her writing career, Andrea Gyertson Nasfell has always shown that she has a knack for writing real-life comedy, especially church satire—Gavin Stone is no exception. Though this passed-around plot is formulaic and predictable, Nasfell takes it to its furthest potential, which is all we really ask of a writer. Though this appears to be a stereotypical small town setup, it’s really not of the Hallmark brand (which actually gets a subtle jab at one point). The characters are not plastic and cheesy, but instead are realistic and believable. Dialogue is highly effective and drives the plot, as it must in a predictable comedy. While the plot follows a stereotypical progression and this fact keeps it from being a higher score, this is the best anyone can do with this sort of idea. Nasfell has always had a lot of writing talent, and Gavin Stone showcases this once again. We can’t wait to see her break out into greatness one day.
Acting Quality (3 points)
Like the production team, the casting team went all out to make this portion quality. One character even says “Acting is about being yourself through the character.” This acting philosophy is reminiscent of the Kendrick\Erwin school of thought and is desperately needed in all of Christian film. Actors and actresses do not need to be who they are not, but instead need to act naturally and professionally in their character. Anjelah Johnson-Reyes demonstrates this extremely well in her first headlining role—she might be one of the best Christian actresses of our time. All other cast members also demonstrate poise and professionalism in all ways, thus warranting a perfect score.
Dallas Jenkins, Andrea Nasfell, and the rest of the team demonstrate in this film that it really isn’t that difficult to make a quality Christian film. With the right funding, a wise allocation of funds, a plot taken to its fullest potential, and a professional cast, anyone can make a Hall of Fame movie if they put their mind to it. With creators like these, there is hope for the tide of Christian entertainment to continue to turn. Now we ask Jenkins, Nasfell, Vertical Church, and everyone else involved in to use Gavin Stone as a springboard to even greater entertainment. They are on the verge of the upper echelon and we can’t wait to see what they have planned next.
Final Rating: 7 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
Lefty is a drunken no-account who has been fired from his job, is living in his car, and is going through a divorce. Desperate for money, he begins planning a robbery. Eva is a shut-in widow who feels like no one in the world cares about her or would miss her if she died. Kirk owns a convenience store but feels like he’s not making a difference in the world. Mary is left raising her son alone when her husband has a car accident that leaves his brain permanently damaged. Mitch is a youth pastor who is tired of going through the motions and wants to impact someone’s life for God. All of these stories intersect at Christmastime and learn valuable lessons.
Production Quality (0 points)
With just under a million dollars spent on this work, there is no reason why it is so poor, but it is. The video quality is grainy and the camera angles are awkward. The audio quality is poor and the soundtrack is stock Christmas stuff. The sets and locations are cheap with nothing special about them. With so many subplots to juggle, the editing is not very good as it chooses to waste time on blank and empty scenes. Essentially, there is really not much to say here because the production is so empty and disappointing. This should have been way better than this for the money spent on it.
Plot and Storyline Quality (0 points)
As previously mentioned, there are too many subplots in this storyline, therefore they are disjointed and do not flow together well. They are all just crammed into the film for the sake of making the film long enough. Due to the number of them, character development is left by the wayside; we barely get to know any of these people as the movie jumps from one subplot to another. This leaves the characters flat, supported by uninspiring and boring dialogue. Also, to connect some of the subplots together, odd coincidences are employed to give it that Christmas-miracle-feel. While there are some slightly interesting ideas here, there is no heart behind them. There are too many off-the-wall elements present that come off as abrasive. The ending is predictable and leaves much to be desired. In short, Midnight Clear was a half-idea forced to happen because Christmas, of course.
Acting Quality (0 points)
With a small cast of people that have at least an average amount of talent (not sure about Stephen Baldwin), Midnight Clear is supported entirely by its actors and actresses. However, with no acting coaching, this is not a good thing. While there are no glaring acting errors, everything about the acting is just like the rest of the film: flat and boring. There are little to no believable emotions and line delivery is pedestrian. I suppose that description pretty much sums up the movie.
Of all the Jerry B. Jenkins stories to bring to the big screen, one of the most obscure and boring was chosen. There are better choices that have nothing to do with holiday cheer. While the message behind Midnight Clear has some substance to it, this is not conveyed properly in the film. This one either needed a serious rework in pre-production or it needed to be abandoned altogether. Just having another cheap Christmas movie on the market is not what this world needs.
In a struggling small town in rural Alabama, a high school is struggling in many ways, not only financially, but also emotionally. But now that a famous football coach is back in town to revive the team, locals have a new reason to hope. A teenager running from home finds sanctuary in this town as he uses his work ethic to get onto the football team in route to turning his life around via a university football scholarship. But when trouble strikes again, the townspeople will have to decide whether or not they will give up or rise up.
Production Quality (2 points)
With a modest budget behind it, Hometown Legend certainly spent the money pretty well. Sports movies have to be able to nail the action shots and the outside scenes, and this film does that, including respectable camera work. As usual, the video quality and audio quality both pass the test. The soundtrack is a bit too pedestrian and borderline Hallmark; this is something that needed a change. Another common theme in these types of films is weak editing, and Hometown Legend also has this attribute. A movie like this one needs a strong edit, and this simply does not happen, as some scenes carry on longer than they should while others are underdeveloped. In short, Hometown Legend is a very average film in pretty much every way.
Plot and Storyline Quality (1 point)
While Jerry B. Jenkins’ original novel is memorable, the film adaptation does not capture its authenticity. Where the characters are down to earth in the book, they fail to be in the movie. The underdevelopment of these characters is likely due to the number of flat scenes throughout the film. The storyline of Hometown Legend is neither cheesy nor dynamic—it’s very static and safe. A plot like this one needed to have an abstract yet down-to-earth feel to it, but it does not. It’s too generic and does not stand out in a crowded genre. There aren’t enough plot twists and the ending is anti-climactic. In short, where this plot could have been great, it falls short.
Acting Quality (1.5 points)
This movie is cast fairly well; people are placed in appropriate positions. Emotions are fairly believable and line delivery is pretty good. However, in keeping with the other aspects of this film, there is really nothing dynamic here, even though there could have been. This is really the theme of the movie.
Hometown Legend portrays the simplicity of small town life in Alabama—with a stereotypical diner and a high school football team to cheer for. It lives up to its simple message in every way, with a simple production, a simple storyline, and simple acting. There’s nothing wrong with simple. In fact, simple can be groundbreaking and profound. However, this movie is a little too simple and does not touch the authentic thread that it needed to. Many will find it enjoyable and it’s not half bad, but we would love to see a remake, because it can definitely be greater than this.
In a moment of decision that altered his life’s course forever, Ben Walker left his chance to go into full-time ministry and marry his longtime girlfriend behind and instead entered the cutthroat business world to pursue a six-figure salary. He achieved the salary and snagged a fiancée that looked good next to him, but he never found something to satisfy the emptiness within. Hence, his car is hijacked by a mysterious tow truck driver who claims to be an angel and Ben is transported to an alternate timeline where he gets to live as if he had married his old girlfriend and gone into full-time ministry. Unable to escape his alternate life, Ben is forced to play along and discover what the true meaning of life is.
Production Quality (3 points)
There are really no production errors to speak of in What If… The camera work is professional and the editing is straightforward. It is difficult to pull this type of plot without including cheesy production elements, but What If… avoids these pitfalls. The sets are diverse and there are no video or sound quality errors. The soundtrack is effective. This film takes the route of not committing errors and while it does not do anything dynamic, it also does not turn off the viewer. This is a well-done production.
Plot and Storyline Quality (2 points)
While there is nothing original with this sort of parallel universe plot, this rendition is a good one. The plot twists are minor but the dialogue is good. The characters are believable, as are most of the events of the plot. There are some predictable elements and while the overall plot is quite simple, there are once again few errors committed. There is truly funny humor throughout that is not overdone. The only caveat here is the confusing end that seems to force a certain conclusion to occur. Otherwise, this is a very good plot.
Acting Quality (2.5 points)
In keeping with the theme of this movie, the acting is good without detracting from the overall movie. This is perhaps Kevin Sorbo’s best lead role. John Ratzenberger is cast very well. The only issue Box Office Revolution has with the acting in What If… is the fact that there is no excellent acting, just great acting. But when considering many Christian films, this is truly an accomplishment.
What If… is a Christian film that is recommendable and may even appeal to some non-Christian audiences. In a field of poorly production Christian films, What If… stands out. It is created well enough to join the ranks of the best Christian movies. Christian film makers should delve deeper into these types of psychological genres without falling into typical plot patterns. What If… can be an example to follow.