The Shack

Reviewed
Mon. 6/19/17
The Shack
4
Acting
3.5
3.5/5
Morality
5
5/5
Music
4
4/5
Story
4
4/5
Visuals
3.5
3.5/5
Kernel Factor
4
4/5
A heartfelt journey
Reviewed By: Steven Siwek
Viewing Environment:
DVD or Streaming >27in
Viewing Crew:
Family
Times Watched:
1
Genre:
Drama
Payment Method:
Rental/Redbox
Review:

Your viewing environment really matters when you watch The Shack (i.e. if you usually cry during sad movies, get ready to ball, and even if you don't cry, get ready to shed a tear or several). The Shack will make you feel things you may not want to feel - it did for me. You may, like me, resonate and empathize with the lead character, to the point where you are actually mad and questioning God, a "Good Father." This film will do something and move things in you, but only if you allow it. Having never read this best-selling book, I really didn't know what to expect. I just knew that Trinity was personified in three human characters, which I thought was a wonderful idea. The story itself is very intense, so be forewarned and be cautious about watching it with your kids if they are in elementary school. The film ends with questions still remaining, which was semi-frustrating, but in other ways it encourages you to be okay without knowing every detail of the spiritual realm and its mysteries. It would be hard to watch this film again, but there are scenes where various Trinity characters seemed to be speaking directly to me and I wanted to watch those moments over and over again. I'm so glad a creative and heartfelt story like this was made.

Acting
I think the casting was really well done. Although Sam Worthington's accent awkwardly comes through because of so much whispering in the film, he really did a great job. I think the "Trinity" did such a good job, but if you're like me, you'll find yourself judging each of them based on what you think they are like and/or experienced. This causes me to find one-dimensionality to members of the Trinity at different points. That being said, I can't imagine writing an authentic script for Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Morality
It should be noted, I don't think this is a kid-friendly movie (under 13 might have a very difficult time with the themes in this film). That being said, we are on an honest pursuit of why God lets bad things happen. It has some very real and raw moments.
Music
Appropriate and very contemplative. Hits on the heartstrings at the right moments. Possibly overdone in some moments.
Story
I never read the book so I can't speak from the perspective of whether it matches or not, and whether that's good or not. However, this story is beautiful. It's way more intense than I would've imagined, but that's what makes it feel real and not just a Christian-cliche.
Visuals
Gorgeous setting. Some sound stage sets felt unauthentic when compared with actual nature. G&E team did a good job avoiding shadows in all the environment shots. 
Kernel Factor
This movie asks the questions that so many people throughout history have had. But it doesn't stop there. It boldly and carefully answers many of these questions, and does so in what to me felt very authentic and Biblically-based.

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