When Meghan and her father were forced to move to West Virginia when he lost his job, she absolutely hated it. However, in the future, as she looks back upon this time, she likes how she was able to teach some local girls how to dance and how she was in a Christmas play that year. She was able to reestablish her relationship with her father, which still affected her as she grew older.
Production Quality (.5 point)
Megan’s Christmas Miracle, though it’s a 2018 production, is one of the cheapest-looking in recent memory. Although video quality is fine, the camera work is a wild ride that includes bizarre camera angles and roving shots that are dizzying. Besides this, the limited sets and locations are very cheaply lit, like this was literally filmed in somebody’s extra house, and the props are also lacking. There’s also weird audio quality with obvious background sounds and barely any soundtrack, and there is no editing to speak of or any substantial transitions between scenes. This rounds out a very poor production effort for 2018.
Plot and Storyline Quality (0 points)
It was a monumental struggle to even fabricate anything to write for the plot summary of this film because it’s so wanting for content that it’s sad. With basically no storyline or plot concept to work with, the characters are extremely empty and cheesy due to flat and uninspiring dialogue. Other than predictable Christmas concepts and stereotypical small-town and ‘bad teenager’ characters, there is little to sustain this movie’s painful runtime other than drab conversations and riveting activities of daily living (ADL’s). For a brief moment, some confusing ‘magical’ elements are teased out of left field before they disappear just as soon as they came. Essentially, as one thing after the next happens with no organization or continuity, there is little to no nope of potential in this ‘story.’
Acting Quality (1 point)
Understandably, a majority of the cast members in this film seem bored and uninterested with the job they’ve been subjected to, and who wouldn’t be with this little amount of lines to work with? No coaching is evident as lines are half-heartedly delivered and as emotions are flippant. While some cast members appear to actually care about this film enough to put forth some sort or effort, it’s only enough to keep this section from being zero, which surprisingly makes this area the best of the film.
What exactly is this film going for? I feel like we ask ourselves this question a lot when reviewing Christian films – especially Christmas ones. It would be one thing if Megan’s Christmas Miracle was from the early 2000s, but 2018 films are expected to be higher quality than this with the recent upgrades and newfound advantages for independent Christian films, especially in the area of production. A production this bad is unacceptable in this new era, so any production below average is basically an automatic disqualifier because there’s no more excuses.
Final Rating: 1.5 out of 10 points