Brady Gray was always the favorite son of his hardened father, much to the dislike of his jealous brothers. Not only that, but Brady always had a special gift of knowing what is going to happen in certain people’s futures, based on dreams they have. However, his brothers grow tired of his special treatment one day and finally decide to do something about—force him to leave the family ranch and tell their father that Brady died. With nowhere else to go, Brady hitches a ride with an unlikely friend who takes him in and gets him a job at a prestigious business. However, Brady’s life continues to take unexpected negative turns one after another. Through the adversity, he is forced to truly look at what he believes about God and about life.
Production Quality (2.5 points)
For a first time independent film, Seasons of Gray is quite good. The camera and sound quality are both clear. The camera angles are above average. The sets and costuming have a slight indie-ish feel to them, but they are actually quite good considering the circumstances. A lot of time and effort were obviously put into this movie to make the production good. There are some minor editing concerns, but otherwise, this film is proof that first-time independent Christian films do not have to be low quality.
Plot and Storyline Quality (2 points)
Adapting a Biblical narrative to a modern setting is not a bad idea, but it is also not the most creative idea. However, for a freshman movie, it may be one of the better options. This particular adaption is done well, but Box Office Revolution would have preferred it if the Biblical adaptation had been kept secret until later in the film. Nonetheless, the plot is still above average. The characters needed more time spent on them, yet the dialogue is passable. Enough thought was put into this plot for it to be professional. One other caveat to raise is the movie’s rushed and anti-climactic end. But in the end, Seasons of Gray has a well-crafted plot that makes for an enjoyable movie.
Acting Quality (2 points)
Andrew Cheney is solid in his leading role, as he usually is. The supporting cast puts on above-average performances, but we cannot shake the feeling that there is more they could have done. The core cast is coached well and deliver emotions well, but they are not quite to the dynamic level yet. Some of the background actors seem inexperienced. Granted, this is an excellent start and far more commendable than many performances.
In the end, we are more than happy to watch a movie like Seasons of Gray, since it stands out among a desert of mediocrity and poor quality. Even though it was not all it could have been, it is still a film worth a round of applause. The Stehlik team is definitely not a crew to ignore—we expect to see even greater things from them in the future.
Final Rating: 6.5 out of 10 points