The Grace Card
This movie could have been great, but it is only good. The story is better than the movie. The two male lead actors carry their weight well. They both show experience. And of course, there is the brief appearance of veteran actor Louis Gossett, Jr., who gives the movie credibility just by his showing up in it. However, the rest of the cast don’t seem natural. They seem wooden and their dialogue is stiff. It’s as if they are too self-conscious about being in the movie and delivering their lines. The guy playing the surgeon is especially bad. (He’s an actual M.D., as the credits state.) They forgot that acting is play-acting, or “pretending” like you do when you’re a kid. And the music ruins it. The church choir singing is great. That is natural. But the overlay of Christian pop songs is cheesy and takes away the believability. It’s more of the emotional manipulation that is so over-the-top, you just want to shake your head in disbelief. (You know, there really is not a soundtrack to life. There is no music playing in the air. Any music in a movie should be a natural part of the story, like the church choir singing in the worship service scenes, or a song playing over the radio.) There are times when the storyline becomes predictable. I guessed way in advance how it was going to turn out. I saw it coming. Even so, this movie is worth watching.
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