Tuesday, March 25, 2014

God's Not Dead Review

     You walk up to the old stone steps. You think of how many college students have walked up these stairs and through these doors. You take a left turn to your first class, sit down, pull out your books, and prepare yourself for the learning that is to come. The teacher walks in and begins with the phrase, "God is dead." He precedes to pass around a blank sheet of paper and tells you to write "God is dead" on that sheet of paper. What would you do?
     These are the circumstances that happen to Josh Wheaton (Shane Harper), a freshman in college. He takes a philosophy class and is told by the professor, Mr. Radisson (Kevin Sorbo), that God is dead. If he doesn't write those words on a sheet of paper with his signature he'll "get in big trouble." The professor challenges him to prove that God is indeed not dead. Who will judge whether he proved it or not? The class. This is the main plot of the movie, but not the only one. Believe it or not, there are many different plots, which are pretty neat. I don't want to spoil anything, so I won't go into details about the other plots.
    Contrary to what some review sites such as Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb say, I really liked this movie for many reasons. I enjoyed it mainly because it shows what Christians will go through throughout their entire lives. Josh was unexpectedly confronted with a "God Hater." We as Christians will encounter people like this, people that refuse to listen to reason. It's an important thing to remember, and I think that Christians forget very easily. The story (or rather stories) are quite relatable. Anyone of these things can happen to everyone of us. The real message is whether or not we will be faithful to God or take the easy way out. It really is a great message; one that we all need to remember.
     The only "bad" things I can think of are how many plots there are. I know, I know, I just said that was a good thing, but it can also be a quite annoying thing. It was hard, especially in the beginning, to keep track of all the plot lines. Also, the editing was sometimes pretty weird. Sometimes they'll cut right in the middle of scene and it was kinda distracting at times. And....of course...every movie has one...THE ANNOYING HORRIBLE REALLY REALLY NOT GOOD CHARACTER!!  This time it was the girlfriend. Josh has a girlfriend of six years. As soon as she finds out that he is going up against the professor she is totally against it, but not in a "I'm concerned for you" way, but in a "IM A CONTROL FREAK" way. It was a good thing she wasn't in there long. If she was a main character, this movie would have been unbearable!
    My last thoughts of this movie is... go check it out. There wasn't a point in the film that I was bored, it was really enjoyable. If you have the time, go watch it. It won't disappoint.   ★ ★ ★ ★
                                                                                                                               -The Filosopher

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