15 March 2020 | masonwoods
If you're looking for a religious film, you're looking in the wrong place
This movie was okay. The acting was fine and stuff, but unfortunately, it felt like the film's bad outweighed the good. This is supposed to be the inspiring story of Jeremy Camp, but all it did was show me that God takes backseat to love. It was supposed to be about a man's relationship with God and his story though that, but the religious factor was shoved way back. Heck, Pale Rider had more to do with God than thus film. I watched for good long while, and before you know it, you forget that this is supposed to be a religious film and it turns out to be a less-faithful Walk to Remember. God's name isn't said till around over a half-hour into the film. It just seemed more like a typical romance film. "Oh, I love you, but oh, this guy loves you, and oh, you don't want to hurt his feelings, and oh, he finds out anyways and is pissed." I just described a good chunk of chick-flicks. And yes, I know that this film was supposed to appeal more to female audiences who enjoy those movies, but please. The thing that made A Walk to Remember so great is that the main focus wasn't supposed to be on God, rather it was an incredible explanation to why the female protagonist was so kind and loving, yet they made it known to the point where it was relevant and an important piece of the story. The point was, A Walk to Remember was a romance film with some religious backstory, but it gave more credit to God and God was more important than in I Still Believe. I Still Believe was supposed to be about a Christian artist and his walk with the Lord and such, but had less to do with God than a movie that uses God as an explanation to some questions. That is sad.
They constantly do all this stuff, but over 30 minutes in, they're like "Oh, yeah, God is supposed to be a part of this movie, might as well use him as a dating tactic." The first reference to God IN A CHRISTIAN FILM is when Jeremy tried to deceivingly use God as an excuse to go out with a girl. The girl references to God a minute earlier, but it was so irrelevant that it could easily be forgotten. The first thing that sticks out is "Yo, what if God WANTED us to be together?" Then you just realize it's not a Christian film, just a romance-drama with some Jesus sprinkled in to sell to a Christian audience. This must have also been sad for the man who this story was actually based off of, because instead of showing in the movie how God changed his life, it just showed that it could be a less heartbreaking, less religious Walk to Remember. I'm sorry Jeremy for not having a movie based on your life treated better.