This movie is a largely dialog-driven effort, showing what modern times are like for the church, the law, and the direction of religion in our new cell phone/internet existence. It’s a nice story that even non-religious viewers can appreciate.
The audience, on opening night (my guess is these are faithful church goers), REALLY enjoyed this film. They laughed a lot and shouted out the big lines and seemed to have a roaring good time.
John Corbett gave an enjoyable performance, a nice treat for fans of his since the days of Northern Exposure, Sex and the City, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, and The United States of Tara (to name some of his biggest roles in an admittedly huge filmography).
The production values were high, and the soundtrack/direction/storytelling were certainly adequate. For a religious or conservative family, this film equals a nice night out for the family. The message is sound, no matter what side of the fence your views fall on.
Movie Grade: B
*Let There Be Light* was a gut wrenching movie to watch. The emotions oozed off the screen. I’m not a religious person, but I was moved to tears many times. I paid attention to the other people in the theater and saw that they were all on the same emotional roller coaster I was on.
When the movie ended, the entire theater stood up and applauded. The movie is touching, heartfelt and real. It sparked a lot of questions about my beliefs. Perhaps, I could call this movie an eye opener. I’m thinking a lot of people in the world would do well with seeing this movie. It’s about humanity. It touches upon the darkness that the world is seeing right now. There is so much turmoil and hate in life lately that I really have lost hope for the world. Maybe this movie just changed my mind. Can people be saved?
That being said, I want to warn anyone experiencing a dark time in their life that this movie is in your face with sadness. If you are already emotional, it may be hard to watch the grief and sadness on the screen. I’m normally a happy person, but I walked out crying and sad.
It’s a great movie — just really hard to watch. The sadness stayed with me all day, so just make sure you are in the right mindset before deciding to see this.
I do recommend this movie. There’s a wonderful message to it even through the sadness.
Movie Grade – A