This week, one of the best selling books in a long time comes to the movies. Greg Kinnear stars in the new, Heaven Is For Real.
This is based in part on the true story of a Nebraska Methodist Reverend (Kinnear) whose 4-year old son Colton, has a near death experience. Colton then emerges from his emergency surgery and is talking about, and claiming he was in heaven. His revelation is so vivid that his father, town, and church congregation start to question their own faith wondering if they can fathom such a thing that is literally being presented to them. How could Colton know so much, being so little?
This is a very interesting movie for many reasons. First, a huge amount of Hollywood critics are going to dismiss this out of hand, and slam it mercilessly. And the people that go to it, are going to love it. It is a story that none of us have really ever seen before told this way at least. It's a movie that has something to say, says it, and lets you go home. And although I have read from many that this is far too religious for many critics to bear, I disagree, as I thought it was a story - period.
As many of these kind of themed movies are, this to me was simply the story of this little boy and his ordeal. Yes, he claims he saw heaven. You can decide if you believe that or not. This movie does not demand that you do. Yes, his father is a Reverend. And yes, much of this takes place in a church, and with a dose of spirituality. Well, what do you expect?