The positive and primary message is that of redemption and forgiveness for what someone has done to you, no matter how bad, and how it can free you. In addition to the Erwins' solid direction, the strength of the movie are the two central performances. Bart Millard is an imaginative young boy in Greenville Texas, who loves to bike around and listen to cassette tapes. This album came out in 1977, and was not a big commercial success at its time of release; its popularity was eclipsed by the band's subsequent releases. As he grew older, Bart turned to football in hopes of somehow connecting with his abusive father. Miller turns in a decent effort, he doesn't seem to capture the same believability in portraying Michael W.
Michael Finley, making his screen debut is being asked about its origins in a recording studio. Bart Millard is a very innocent, quiet, and peaceful teen where we see him have his first experience in listening to music by purchasing some cassettes Amy Grant at a local store. On top of that, Finley can really act, bringing a grounded humanity to Bart Millard, who struggled with self-doubt, rejection and an abusive home-life before emerging into pop-music superstardom. The movie will likely resonate with anyone interested in music-based biopics or father-son dramas, but it will probably appeal most to evangelical churchgoers and those familiar with the touching song. Here, the way the Erwins use the song is like an emotional punch to the stomach. Through it all, the abuse in his childhood and estrangement with his father hangs over his life. More: Visalia's Kevin Downes helps bring 'I Can Only Imagine' to big screen.
In many ways, Michael Finley's performance as Bart is very reminiscent of Sean Astin in Rudy 1993. What a beautiful movie and life lesson of God's grace, love, and forgiveness Bring tissues. He went to Christian camp, held on in his heart to one of Amy Grant's songs through his childhood, sang in church, and we hear his father tell of his conversion, and witness Bart's obvious grace and compassion for his long-abusive father. I felt like I was with Bart ever step of his journey. Unexpectedly he discovers that his father has started a relationship with God and his attitudes have been transformed to be more compassionate. Amazingly, the song was written in mere minutes by MercyMe lead singer Bart Millard.
Is there someone in your life you need to forgive? A father is abusive to his wife and son. Finley is also good at conveying Bart's humor. There is some screaming with dad against the mother, there is a scene where the father breaks a plate over man-sized teen Bart's head, and retrospective mention of a time when he beat him badly at age 10. But Bart never really speaks of his faith. I came out of the theater happy and enlightened. Michael Finley sitting in a studio and reflecting on his masterpiece. Potentially upsetting scene in which a dying man clutches himself in agony.
Bart Millard described his father as a monster and someone he hated, but who transformed into a man and who became his best friend and a role model. This movie was no where near as violent asPeter Rabbit and that was suppose to be a kids movie. But a career-ending injury—combined with the vision of a teacher who saw unlimited potential—set Bart on a musical pathway. I Can Only Imagine moves at a very good pace and never seems to linger much during scenes which can often plague movies of this type. Not, that is, until everyone started raving about it. The few times I feared the movie would become too portentous with its plot, acting, or sentimental music, it always restrained itself and waited to earn its emotional moments.
Christian families who see the film will likely be familiar with the song and will appreciate the movie's messages of redemption and salvation, as well as its themes of compassion, gratitude, and integrity. It may make you cry, so bring tissues. I think it's really cool that there are movies like this that are about somebody that is Christian or religious in any other way, and it focuses not on making people change to another religion, but to share what these people have gone through. Movie spoke volumes about the power of prayer, forgiveness, love, and loyalty. This true story will grab ahold of your heart and soul and shake you to the core! The movie does a very good job of portraying the hard life that Bart had with his family until his college days. Michael Finley to tell her how he came up with it. .
You can see Quaid trying to cram in shading to his pinch-faced monster laid low, then bestowed grace by a combination of illness, regret and finding Jesus. Michael Finley, Dennis Quaid, Madeline Carroll, Trace Adkins and Cloris Leachman. Thirdly, while on the ground in despair his father tells him to beat him with a bat for being such a horrible person. A crossover musical hit that is now getting it's own equally deserving crossover film. The same perhaps will be said in future years about this movie.
A story of redemption and transformation through faith, the movie emphasizes the importance of prayer and a relationship with God for believers. With the guidance of a grizzled music-industry insider, the band begins a journey none of them could ever have imagined. Bart practically begs a famous manager named Brickell Trace Adkins to attend one of their shows. Bart's father initially wants nothing to do with his son and sees him as a failure. Three stars out of four.