Wednesday, July 18, 2012

What if... a movie review

Fifteen years ago, Ben Walker (Kevin Sorbo) made a decision to leave his college sweetheart Wendy (Kristy Swanson), and ultimately his faith, in order to pursue a lucrative business opportunity. Now on the verge of marriage to an equally materialistic fiance, he is visited by an angelic mechanic (John Ratzenberger) who tells him that he needs to see what his life would have been like had he followed Gods calling. Suddenly, Ben finds himself married to Wendy with two daughters, including a rebellious teen (Debby Ryan), getting ready for church on a Sunday morning, where he's scheduled to give his first sermon as the new pastor. If Ben wants to get back to his old life, he must first learn to appreciate the value of faith and family, and perhaps rediscover the love of his life. In the tradition of It's a Wonderful Life and The Family Man, What If tells the story of a man whose glimpse into what he's missing reminds him of what he truly wants.

My review:

Christian movies get a bad rap. Often they are cheesy and the acting is just so-so. I thought this one looked good, so I bought it on a whim. I had it for several months before I watched it, and was pleasantly surprised. It is really good. Sure, the idea has been explored before, but not in the same exact way as this movie does. I loved it. It was humorous, well done, and had a great message. And it is clean and curse-free. I highly recommend it.