Go See This Movie!!! [Update: 3/21/18]

 

My husband and I saw the movie “I Can Only Imagine” yesterday, which was the opening day for the film.  How appropriate for the movie to begin on 3:16!  This wasn’t by accident!  It was purposely positioned to open on that date because of John 3:16!

Unchecked Copy BoxJhn 3:16“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
 
I have always LOVED this song!  I had it on a WOW Christian CD and would play it over and over again!  It’s one of those worship songs that touches my heart and soul, and has much meaning for my life.
I’m glad that I had tissues in my purse!  There were obvious sniffles happening all around the theater!  There were also funny and moving moments that added so much to the story line!  Dennis Quaid was outstanding as the abusive father turned Christian believer.  I don’t want to reveal too much of the story line!  Go see this film!  It’s the best movie that I have seen in years!
If you go to the “Rotten Tomatoes” website, I suggest that you skip the so-called “professional” critics (because that is truly what they are – only CRITICS) and read the 8 pages of reviews by people who saw the movie!  On the left sidebar, you can also view three video trailers of the movie.
Here are just a few of some of my favorite movie-goer comments from the site:

March 17, 2018

It’s really sad to see the critic reviews of this movie. Then again, critics probably have very little use for the subject matter, the redemptive power of God. The film is tremendously made, finely acted, powerfully moving. The entire audience was in tears for most of the last 30 minutes of the movie. It will continue to create a buzz and has already outperformed the most optimistic estimates of its’ box office opening weekend. Do yourself a favor and go see the film. It just might hit you in the heart…unless you’re a jaded, snobby film critic, that is!

March 17, 2018

I loved this movie. It was an interesting story and well acted. It was funny and warm in places, while telling a story of forgiveness and success against the odds. Don’t let the “professional critics” steer you wrong. This is a movie worth seeing. J. Michael Finley was great in the role of Bart. Dennis Quaid did a fantastic job of a transformed soul. With a budget so much smaller than the movies it is competing with, it ‘s good to see this movie doing well and being appreciated, not for flash of Hollywood, but the humanity of Middle America. It is definitely worth seeing. I hope it continues to do really well. I loved it.

Vicki M

March 17, 2018

The professional critics disappoint me. Hollywood appears to be doing their best to discourage people from seeing this movie that promotes healing and redemption of the human spirit, while cheerleading movies that drag our souls down into the mire. Why? That is the question. One guy said the movie lacks complexity. What could be more complex than trying to understand an earthly father who says that you are no good while giving you the back of his hand and driving you away, and a Heavenly Father who works all things together for YOUR GOOD while declaring that Nothing can ever snatch you from the safety of His hands. Another reviewer said it’s a one note movie – the story too simple. I did not hear one note alone. I heard a symphony of stories coming from this young man’s life, and behind the scenes God working ALL THINGS together for his good. The story of a father and son, the story of a boy chasing his dream desperately trying to prove his worth, the story of something good coming out of pain and misery, the story of sin, failure, repentance, forgiveness, and redemption coming together to produce a song that touched hearts and lives across the planet… that continues to touch hearts for Christ. A message that will touch you, if you have a soul. I don’t understand how anyone could watch this movie and miss that the point is Jesus – living in the hearts of His believers, proving the Father’s overwhelming love for us all. That even for the worst of us – the cross is enough. Those reviewers got it wrong. I pray for them. I Can Only Imagine will be the Best Movie of the Year, and Best Christian Movie to date.

March 17, 2018

This is certainly a movie that secular critics would not understand. However, they apparently did not experience the repeated sniffles from a nearly sold out theater which ended in a standing ovation.

Bo B

March 17, 2018

Excellent movie that accomplished its goal. You know the song, even if you don’t realize it. The story effectively and emotionally told the story and ended with a moral lesson. Let go of your resentments and grudges. Forgive and you shall be set free. I am sure this is a movie I will watch many times in the years to come. I highly recommend.

March 16, 2018

This is the movie about the story behind the song America loves. So many parts of this movie are needed at the core of our country today. The story is about redemption, then forgiveness, and an abundant amount of love. What else could we want for our world today. The actors did an amazing job of taking an authentic real life situation and drawing you into this movie like no other film I have seen. If you want to see what real love is like and see an outstanding movie, do not wait. Go see it and be energized to forgive and love.

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Update 3/21/18!

One of the commenters here at my blog (screen name Looking Up) posted a video about Dennis Quaid and how he had come to faith in Jesus Christ!

On The Edge Again: On My Way to Heaven – Faith of Dennis Quaid

Left a comment there (still in moderation):

So glad I visited your blog and saw this post about Dennis Quaid! After seeing the movie “I Can Only Imagine” on opening day, I thought that Quaid’s performance as the abusive father turned believer was excellently done and very believable! Turns out, it was a genuine performance from his heart because he has accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior!

Hope you are doing well, Looking Up, and when I think of your comments at my blog and your situation, I continue to include you and your son in my prayers!

God bless!

In Jesus
Christine
(Talk Wisdom)

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6 Responses to “Go See This Movie!!! [Update: 3/21/18]”

  1. christinewjc Says:

    Until today, I didn’t know that Bart Millard wrote a book about his walk of faith and all that had transpired during his life. It’s available on Amazon.com. Here is a description of the book from the Amazon website:

    The captivating story behind the bestselling single in the history of Christian music—and the man who wrote it

    MercyMe’s crossover hit, “I Can Only Imagine,” has touched millions of people around the world. But few know about the pain, redemption, and healing that inspired it. Now Bart Millard, award-winning recording artist and lead singer of MercyMe, shares how his dad’s transformation from abusive father to man of God sparked a divine moment in music history.

    Go behind the scenes of Bart’s life—and the movie based on it—to discover how God repaired a broken family, prepared Bart for ministry through music, and wrote the words on his heart that would change his life forever. I Can Only Imagine is a front-row seat to witnessing God’s presence throughout Bart’s life. Whether falling in love with his childhood sweetheart or mourning his father’s death, founding MercyMe or flailing in the midst of its success, Bart continues to place his trust in God’s plans—plans that continue to surprise and surpass what Bart could have ever imagined.

    I know SO MANY PEOPLE (including two particular individuals who already claim to be Christians, yet have a hard time facing the truth of their stubborn lack of forgiveness and reconciliation with parents who were good to them [maybe even too good?] so that their pride of self* caused them to end up being so selfishly harsh against two people who didn’t deserve such terrible treatment!) who could be released from their bitterness, lack of forgiveness, their obvious need for repentance through our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ, and reconciliation back unto God.

    There are people who don’t think it’s necessary (or, just plain don’t want to!) go to the next step of reconciliation. The claim to forgive someone, and continue to reject them as the loving persons they once knew, acknowledged, celebrated, and enjoyed in Christian fellowship; demonstrates that the forgiveness is not really genuine (IMHO).

    Forgiving others who have hurt you – whether wrongly perceived or genuinely experienced – takes such a huge burden off of one’s soul, spirit, heart and mind!

    I know this because I had held a grudge against someone for years, who said lies about me to others, harsh criticisms which were uncalled for, hateful rhetoric about me and my children, and egregiously painful mocking towards me because of my faith in Jesus Christ.

    The moment I spent in prayer for Jesus Christ to help me with my worldly stance of not forgiving this particular person, is the moment that all the pain was, quite literally, lifted off of me! That was God working in my life! When a prayer like that is instantly granted, that is NOT me – it is Jesus Christ working within me!

    It is evidence (IMHO) of the power of the Holy Spirit that had been promised to indwell me at the moment of salvation through Jesus Christ! However, I needed to make that FIRST important step of yielding to the Holy Spirit’s guidance in order to be completely healed!

    For more secular persons, the idiom “like water off a duck’s back” helps describe this phenomenon.

    like water off a duck’s back

    You say that criticism is like water off a duck’s back when it does not have any effect at all on the person being criticized. Insults like that are like water off a duck’s back after all these years. He insists that the chants from the fans are like water off a duck’s back to him. Note: The feathers on a duck’s back are covered with an oily substance which stops them absorbing water so that it flows straight off them.
    Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

    Here’s another:

    like water off a duck’s back

    Without any apparent effect. Ducks’ feathers are waterproof. The preen (or, formally, the uropygial) gland at the base of the tail produces oil that spreads and covers the birds’ outer coat so that water forms droplets on, but does not permeate, the feathers. That’s why a critical remark that doesn’t bother the person for whom it was intended rolls off like water off a duck’s back.

    Endangered Phrases by Steven D. Price Copyright © 2011 by Steven D. Price

    I even found a blog post about it!

    Like water off a duck’s back.

    * Oftentimes, it is “pride of self” that leads people in the wrong direction in life and causes harm to others. However, even more significantly, it causes harm to themselves – the perpetrators – even if they don’t recognize that fact right away.

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  2. christinewjc Says:

    One of the commenters here at my blog (screen name Looking Up) posted a video about Dennis Quaid and how he had come to faith in Jesus Christ!

    On The Edge Again: On My Way to Heaven – Faith of Dennis Quaid

    Left a comment there (still in moderation):

    So glad I visited your blog and saw this post about Dennis Quaid! After seeing the movie “I Can Only Imagine” on opening day, I thought that Quaid’s performance as the abusive father turned believer was excellently done and very believable! Turns out, it was a genuine performance from his heart because he has accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior!

    Hope you are doing well, Looking Up, and when I think of your comments at my blog and your situation, I continue to include you and your son in my prayers!

    God bless!

    In Jesus
    Christine
    (Talk Wisdom)

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  3. L Says:

    Yes, I had heard that it was a good movie, and actually heard Dennis Quaid in a phone interview saying that he has a song that he is going to release soon about his mother. Evidently, he has been a Christian for a long time, but is now firmer in his faith.

    One of my favorite movies back in the mid 70s was Breaking Away that Dennis was in. Maybe, part of it was because it happened to be filmed in Indiana at I.U. where I attended, but it was entertaining, and still one of my favorites.

    Forgiving is just what the word says, for and giving. If you believe you are a giving Christian then you must also be a forgiving person otherwise you are a hypocrite. Christianity is the ultimate forgiveness. We as Christians should forgive anyone for anything even if the person doesn’t ask for forgiveness.

    Just as you said Chris, forgiveness sets you free, not just the person you forgive.

    L

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    • christinewjc Says:

      Thank you L! Nice to see you back here at the blog again.

      Next time we get together I have additional information to share with you! I have a busy schedule ahead and I’m sure you are busy too, so maybe I could email what happened.

      The evidence of Jesus Christ in my life and the answered prayers I have often received (not always, of course, but many big ones have been answered in my lifetime) informs me that God works wonders in our lives; even when we sometimes do not acknowledge that fact.

      If you haven’t seen “I Can Only Imagine” yet, I highly recommend it! But bring tissues! I want to see it again in the theater but due to my upcoming schedule, I may need to wait until it comes out on iTunes. Of course, as mentioned in my post, the Hollyweird elitist critics had their negative axes to grind against the film (no surprise!), but they could not affect the high enthusiasm shared by the movie-goers for the film!

      Hope you are doing well!

      Chris

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  4. christinewjc Says:

    More 5-star audience reviews! Read them!

    Rotten Tomatoes Audience Reviews

    I would love to see it again! Maybe I’ll go see it again in the theater sometime soon. Will be great when it’s out on ITunes!

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  5. christinewjc Says:

    This movie comes out On Disc/Streaming:

    Jun 12, 2018

    See: Rotten Tomatoes.com

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