With everyone on lockdown, my family has been doing a weekly movie night. This Friday movie night pick was “I Can Only Imagine,” a faith-based family drama named after Mercy Me’s hit song “I Can Only Imagine,” the best-selling Christian song of all time. My family doesn’t usually reach for Christian films or dramas in general, but my mom’s friend recommended it so we decided to give it a go. From the beginning, I wasn’t in favor of watching this movie. I usually lean towards more indie films so when my whole family wanted to watch a movie based on a Christian song, I wasn’t a big fan.
The Movie is based around the life of Bart Millard played by J. Michael Finley growing up in a small town Greenville, Texas. Barts’s father is physically and emotionally abusive towards Bart and suffers from alcoholism. Barts’s father Arthur is played by Dennis Quaid (not my favorite pick, but we can ignore that). Bart plays on the high school football team with the goal of playing college football. When he gets injured, his dreams of playing football are flushed down the drain. Bart discovers himself through his love of music and Jesus Christ. Bart forms his band Mercy Me despite his father’s aversion to music, claiming “ Dreams don’t pay the bills” and wanting nothing to do with music.
My family particularly liked the movie’s soundtrack. J Michael Finley has an exceptional voice, so his singing did nothing but add to the movie. While this wasn’t my favorite movie of all time, I enjoyed watching it with my family. I liked the emotional aspect of the movie. My mom, my two little sisters and I all cried watching it, so I would definitely say the acting was believable making us feel like we were Bart speaking to his father. I give this movie 3 out of 5 stars.