Julie’s Review Room: ‘Heaven Is For Real’

New in theaters this week we have “Heaven is for Real,” based on the true story of a 4-year-old boy who has a near-death-experience and then describes the things he sees in Heaven.

Greg Kinnear stars as Todd Burpo, the real-life father of Colton who has a close call during an emergency appendectomy and wakes up talking about his trip to Heaven. He is a minister who meets resistance when he talks about his son’s experience with an apprehensive congregation. Colton changes minds though with descriptions of things he should know nothing about.

They do a pretty nice job with the story except for one big downfall. I hate to even say this out-loud but the weak link is the little boy who actually plays Colton. Connor Corrum was probably chosen for the role because he LOOKS so much like Colton but he’s not able to carry it. Because of this, the story falls on the capable shoulders of Greg Kinnear. He does a great job of CONVINCING us Colton’s story is true, but the story still loses some of its heart. Without a strong Colton, “Heaven is for Real” starts to feel like well-cast Lifetime movie and that’s why I’m giving it a C.

Also out on DVD this week is “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” starring Ben Stiller. This one came out over the holidays & was a huge disappointment for Stiller, who also directed it. It tanked at the box office and got horrible reviews, but I liked it far more than most critics. I thought it was beautifully shot and used some great music so I gave “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty a C+ when it came out. Definitely worth a weekend rental.


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