Recently I was provided the opportunity to review the movie Miracles from Heaven. It’s a movie I’d wanted to see in theatres but haven’t gotten the chance, so to be provided the opportunity on the sole condition that I tell you, the people who diligently read what I write, what I think — I’m down with that. Thank you Graf-Martin Communications and Sony for this chance!
It’s a heartfelt movie, based on a true story, that tackles some hard issues of faith, belief in God even in the hard times (and what hard times they were!), and miracles. Not everyone believes in miracles. Sometimes I have a hard time deciding whether I do or not… deeply, and truly… I mean, I have to on some level because I know that they happen. But like in this movie, there’ve been many times I’ve prayed for one, and nothing has come of it. There have also been times I’ve witnessed prayers go up for miracles, and they’re delivered, so I have to believe that they still occur even in this day and age.
Miracles from Heaven was an emotional ride, and it was very well done by all of the actors involved. I don’t know about the faith of any of the members of the cast, though I have to believe that they would be impacted by portraying such a powerful and moving story, especially since it’s true.
I found that the movie was tastefully done — none of it seemed to me like it was sensationalized for Blockbuster value, which is always something I’m a bit leery of when something is “based on a true story.” The fact that they used the real Annabelle Beam as a consultant to make sure the story was told properly really speaks to that — the writers, directors, producers — they all wanted to make sure this story was told well, not just that it sold tickets.
It was a beautiful story about faith, hope, and belief in the saving power of Jesus Christ. I believe that the events of the movie really happened, and that Annabelle Beam really was cured from her disease miraculously.
But as Annabelle herself says in the movie “They may not all believe me, but they’ll come around when they come around.”
I think my favourite part (other than the couple of Third Day appearances — love their new songs!!) was how raw and real Jennifer Garner portrayed the struggle of a mother watching her baby girl suffer, and not even feeling like she could pray any more… not feeling like anything she was doing was working. That, contrasted by Annabelle’s faith, was a beautiful reminder that God stays with us — right with us — even when we have a hard time seeing it through our pain and struggles.
I highly recommend the movie, though I warn you — grab the Kleenex!