Hillsong: Let Hope Rise

Reviewed
Fri. 3/10/17
Hillsong: Let Hope Rise
2.5833333333333
Acting
3
3/5
Morality
5
5/5
Music
3.5
3.5/5
Story
1
1/5
Visuals
2
2/5
Kernel Factor
1
1/5
A sing-a-long to the most sung songs in the world, but not much more
Reviewed By: Steven Siwek
Viewing Environment:
DVD or Streaming >27in
Viewing Crew:
Significant Other
Times Watched:
1
Genre:
Documentary
Payment Method:
Rental/Redbox
Review:

This movie is really hard to review. I don't like reviewing films that promote Jesus poorly. To be clear, you CAN'T fault this film for not presenting Jesus in a compelling way and not offering multiple instances of showing Him. That being said, why was this film made? This is one of the strangest films that I've seen from the standpoint of we have no reason that tells us why this film matters. Is it to tell us how great Hillsong is, how hard it is to be a Christian band, how little money the most famous Christian band in the world makes personally? It is so clear that this is not the film the director wanted to make, but rather what Pure Flix made it. It's also clear that Hillsong didn't want to wrap its arms around this film, and for that reason, and many others it falls VERY flat. It's so authentic in some ways and ridiculously unauthentic in others. It's boring, when it should be alive. It's meaningless, when it should be filled with meaning. It's a sing-a-long, and you will sing (which is cool), but I wish it was more.

Acting
The "characters" are great, but they don't do a whole lot. They say the same things about Jesus, which is so cool, but honestly we never go deep. 
Morality
There are struggles and there is a minor bit of tension. Jesus is preached and honored throughout. The words of the songs are beautiful.
Music
Essentially this is a sing-a-long, which is cool and weird. The songs are way too long, but the music still gets you every time. 
Story
So boring and so meaningless. I don't know what we're supposed to think about why this film was necessary.
Visuals
I expected a lot more here. It's essentially shot at The Forum and an interview location. It seems like access was granted, but limited to the filmmakers. 
Kernel Factor
This has been put through the "Christian-movie filter" and it's a shame, because I would imagine this film was made for a very good reason, but everything was against it. Too bad.

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