The Heart of Man

Reviewed
Thu. 9/14/17
The Heart of Man
4.1666666666667
Acting
4.5
4.5/5
Morality
5
5/5
Music
4.5
4.5/5
Story
3.5
3.5/5
Visuals
4
4/5
Kernel Factor
3.5
3.5/5
Finally, a Christian film not afraid to say something hard
Reviewed By: Steven Siwek
Viewing Environment:
Theater
Viewing Crew:
Myself
Times Watched:
1
Genre:
Drama
Payment Method:
Premium Ticket
Review:

First of all, this is one of the first movies I've seen in a very long time (definitely last two years) where I watched it with a packed audience in a large theater. That just felt good! Secondly, Fathom Events are great because they can really build the audience, but man they are awkward when the film is over and we listen to people talk about the film. It can sort of ruin the power of what you just saw. And now, the film itself. I think it's awesome that Christian filmmaking is about to make a visual and storytelling comeback (or start). You can feel it and films like this prove it. That being said, I also don't want us (Christian filmmakers) to fall into the same style of storytelling, metaphorical. This film is extremely metaphorical because it focuses on interviewees speaking about God, and therefore we see His character and the prodigal character playing out the scenes of fall and redemption. It's beautiful. It's hard for me to judge because this is how I would've made the film. The difference I would've considered in making this film is that it is heavy on sexual sin, which is applicable and important for everyone. But it certainly put sexual sin on a pedestal compared to many of the other sins Christians struggle with, especially the sins that eat away at us without us feeling intense guilt as we do with sexuality. However, let me just accept this for what it is and not try to make it something else. It's beautiful, it's hard to watch at times, and it will move you (if you let it). I hope it does the good it was intended to do. 

Acting
The interviewees were as honest as I feel like I've seen in an interview-based film. The attention on sexual sin made it feel somewhat one-dimensional, but they had to draw the line somewhere to fit in all the content. 
Morality
For me, this was raw and real, and shows our loving Father coming after us. I would love to hear other thoughts on how this film impacted people who aren't believers. Do they sense the Father's love for them after watching this?
Music
Very well done. I believe it was all Tony Anderson, and we have used him on both films that I have made, so I'm biased. It's easier to match metaphorical stuff, but it's not so easy that you can't try, so they did a great job here! 
Story
Almost entirely metaphor intertwined with several true stories. I wanted there to be another one or two "experts" who could speak to the grace and pursuit of God (I heard a lot of the same voices), and I wanted the film to overtly comment on other sins, but that just wasn't this film's purpose. They stayed the course and they captured a beautiful story of God's love and pursuit of the prodigal, which we can all relate to at some point.
Visuals
Gorgeous setting, costumes, and attention to detail. I can hear so many Christians saying, "It is so well done," because of the beautiful aesthetics. There are times when the metaphorical story feels repetitive, but I guess that's because our lives can be quite repetitive.
Kernel Factor
The movie gives a beautiful depiction of God, but it could be a bit skewed on the response of people to your honesty of past/current sins. I don't think everyone will respond so redemptively as this film portrays. Not every marriage is going to be saved because you finally got the courage to tell your spouse you are cheating on them. That's intense. Yet, at the same time, our lives are not meant for other people, but for God. He knows our stories and our faults, and yet He still wants us. 

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