I had very little interest in this film, however someone that I know wanted to see it and I like Eugenio Derbez, who has a supporting role in this film, so I decided to give it a shot. I must say that I was pleasantly surprised.
I find moth faith-based films to be overly preachy and have low cinematic quality, meaning that they are quite often garbage. I found that this film had only a few preachy moments, but the rest played out almost like a medical drama with some faith elements to it. There were some moments, however, that felt forced. I do realize that this is a true story, but the way in which some scenes were presented, such as a scene in which one girl discusses her faith with a roommate, felt unnatural, however this was likely a result of child actors, who are not always consistent in quality.
The acting as a whole, however, was actually pretty good. As I mentioned earlier, I really like Eugenio Derbez, and he brought his usual charm and humor to this role. Martin Henderson also did a good job in his role. Queen Latifah was great, with her usual scene-stealing presence, however her character felt a bit underused and could have been a device to develop the faith element. Personally, I am not a huge fan of Jennifer Garner, however I do not hate her either, and I felt that her performance in this film was okay. A few of her crying scenes were mediocre, however for most of the rest of the film, she was quite believable.
So overall, "Miracles from Heaven" definitely exceeded my expectations. It was actually relatively well-made for the genre, with relatively good cinematography and acting.
Miracles from Heaven
Big Tuna's Rating: B-
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: No,
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