I have had interest in this film since hearing about it, but missed it when it came to a theater near me. But when I found it on Redbox, I decided to watch it, despite pessimistic reviews. I must say that I was ultimately pleased.
The film is nowhere near perfect. There are huge jumps in time. It's very predictable. There are some obvious clichés involved. That being said, there is still some amazing character development for the protagonist and the eponymous character. Both are well-written, likable characters that become more dynamic over the course of the film. This creates a story in which the audience can easily become invested. It has some extremely effective sad moments, but its comedic moments are good just the same. I can see where critics dislike the formulaic, clichéd nature of the film, but I thought that it was very good at being what it was.
The acting in the film was very good. Eddie Murphy's performance was surprisingly well-done. He was much subtler than usual, and that is good. I like him as a comedic actor, but I also like him as a dramatic actor too. Britt Robertson is also good, but not nearly as good as Murphy. In a few scenes, her acting felt a bit artificial, but never horrible. I also liked the cinematography of the film quite a bit, as it sometimes helped to develop the story.
So overall, I liked "Mr. Church". It's not a great film, but it is a heartwarming and enjoyable movie. If this is the type of movie that you like to watch, I would recommend it.
Big Tuna's Rating: B
How Did I Watch It?: Redbox rental.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Probably.
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