Robert Whitmore III was just awarded a prestigious police award and promoted to lead detective, a role that used to be held by his famous grandfather, Robert Whitmore Sr. However, Bob III’s world is rocked when he discovers that his new partner is none other than his grandfather, who has been pressed back into service by the force for retiring too early to collect his pension. Together, they will have to get along to catch a notorious criminal who has come back to town with the goal of stealing the coveted Bronze Basin of Bitterness.
Production Quality (2 points)
Surprisingly, the production of this film is not as bad as the rest of it. All the usual elements, including video quality, camera work, and audio quality, are fine and professional. There are really no glaring errors here. The soundtrack is a bit silly, which is to be somewhat expected for a comedy like this. Sets, locations, and props are average and passable, except for the fact that some unusual props are constantly emphasized. Also, as usual for this sort of film, the editing is somewhat poor and disorienting. In the end, this production is the best component of this film.
Plot and Storyline Quality (0 points)
My Grandpa Detective is one of the most nonsensical ‘comedy’ plots since The Takeover. Besides having absolutely no purpose and being completely aimless, this film has an extremely absurd feel to it that includes a lot of head-scratching and deadpan-inducing moments and sequences. There is no way to understand what is trying to be communicated in this film as a collection of very eccentric and bizarre characters fumble around, looking for a reason to keep this film going. The premise is very trumped up and the Christian message is very forced and awkward. Nearly every line of dialogue is stupidity, thus making the storyline impossible to take seriously. There are also a lot of cliqued mystery tropes and a predictable ending to top things off. Essentially, the creators of this film were either confused, delusional, or purposely satirical.
Acting Quality (0 points)
Besides the fact that several cast members are made to look much older than they are, nearly all of the acting in this cast is as absurd as the plot. Everyone seems intent on making a fool of themselves with childish emotions and outbursts, as well as poor line delivery. In the end, most elements in this film are completely ridiculous.
Why are Christian films like this still being made in 2016? What does this sort of movie accomplish, outside of making a further mockery of Christian movies? True comedy takes well-developed characters and realistic, witty dialogue, not all of the raving nonsense you find in My Grandpa Detective. Alas, this is another embarrassment and one that should be forgotten, unless you need to know how not to make a movie.
Final Rating: 2 out of 10 points