Published On: Thu, Mar 17th, 2016

‘Miracles From Heaven’ Review: Jennifer Garner brings Christy Beam’s journey of faith to life

Sony’s Affirm Films released another faith-based, family friendly picture just ahead of Easter weekend and fans will not be disappointed. Based on Christy Beam’s account of true events, Miracles From Heaven pulls at heartstrings, entertains the Evangelical contingent without bashing the secular viewers over the head with theology.

Eugenio Derbez and Jennifer Garner in "Miracles From Heaven"

Eugenio Derbez and Jennifer Garner in “Miracles From Heaven”

Alias star Jennifer Garner plays Beam, a wife living out the challenges of daily life with husband Kevin (Martin Henderson) when tragedy strikes. Her daughter Anna, played by Kylie Rogers, becomes very ill from a rare and deadly digestive disorder, causing the entire family to be tossed into chaos. Beam reaches out to the world’s leading expert on the disease, a delightful Dr. Nurko (Eugenio Derbez) and befriends a kind waitress played by Queen Latifah, on her journey for answers.

Along the way, the “perfect” Christian family is truly shaken and Beam claims to have lost her faith when the amazing happens, Anna becomes a miracle.

This is not Heaven Is For Real “part two” as every aspect of Miracles From Heaven is better: the acting, emotional speeches and yes, the theology. Critics need to stop pretending every film is made for every person in the audience pool. Deadpool fans are not going to see the latest Nicholas Sparks film and vice versa — studios know this.

First and foremost, this is a family film with a strong tone of Christian faith. That said, this is not heavy handed or preachy, but does struggle with religious cliches at times. It’s difficult to take critics seriously when they beat on a film based on true events because it’s not believable, but is what you may read elsewhere.

The fact that there is a message and challenge of faith is too preachy for some and that should be okay.

Garner does a great job as the agonizing mother and director Patricia Riggen did a much better job with subplots here than in The 33, but still creates a lot of moments which fall flat. The mothers in the audience will relate to the plight of a mom watching her daughter receive horrible medical treatments and remain ill. Dads will relate to the helplessness and difficulty of “not being able to fix it” when your child is on Death’s door.

John Carroll Lynch has some great moments as the preacher and there are plenty of laughs to keep the tension and sadness in check.

Overall Miracles From Heaven receives 3 1/2 stars out of 5 stars.

Christian movie fans will love it, maybe even those Baptists who object to “heaven tourism,” because the Miracles From Heaven is just moving. Perfectly safe for kids, ages 7-9 and up, with just a few moments of intensity surrounding the child’s medical care.

Miracles from Heaven movie poster

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