“Heaven is for Real” has a strong distinction from the many novel-based movies. The noteworthy difference is that this story happens to be true.
“Heaven is for Real” tells the account of a small-town family that suffers immense trauma when the youngest child, Colton, is rushed into the hospital for emergency surgery. After his time in the hospital, Colton tells his father of his otherworldly experience where he encounters heaven, angels and even Jesus himself. His father Todd (Greg Kinnear) and the rest of his family find themselves at the center of a media whirlwind when his story is put in the paper. Todd, also a leader in the small community, is forced to either stand by his son’s outlandish claims or throw them away and fall in line with the town’s status quo.
“Heaven is for Real” holds a tender narrative of faith and commitment, but the story is rushed, leaving an underlying feeling that much of the story was cut and crammed into and hour and a half. Meaningful moments are squashed into short segments, or montages and jump cuts are peppered throughout the entire film – which turns up the pace unnecessarily. As a result, they loose a decent amount of potency that a story like this holds.
“Heaven is for Real” is thought provoking and imaginative, but the disjointed design of the film hurts the final product. If you’re looking for the entire picture, you should probably head to a bookstore and find it there.
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