10 out of 17 people found the following review useful:
This film is 'hip'!
Len9876 from United States
22 July 2008
I was very much impressed, and moved, by this film. "Divine
Intervention" (2007/I) is not only a funny film, but it puts a
religious theme on both a secular and non-secular level that anyone
should be able to relate to. When I found that the story evolved around
a fundamentalist church--which, next to an evangelical church, is
probably the most conservative in the religious hierarchy, my first
thought was not to watch the film. But, when I went beyond my first
thought, I found the film to be completely enjoyable. It is not holier
than thou, or sweet and sugary, and does not sermonize. The film deals
with real people, in a real world, and not people that evolve from some
fairy tale. The Bible is not read like Aesop's Fables. The church
members' lives are honestly depicted as a Pilgrim's (work in) Progress.
Although the church members may be 'saved by grace', the 'hip minister'
tries to show them the way, by his positive example. They are not above
everybody else, including homosexuals, who are also loved by God. God
loves the 'whosoever' (everybody) fairly and equally. However, it is
sad that the church cannot rid itself of religious jargon (sometimes
referred to as 'Christianese') because it separates people from God,
and confuses others. People are inherently good but, because we are
imperfect, we do not always feel, think, and do the right thing. But,
if we try, God does honor us. The film provides a well-written script,
great direction, an empowering (if not truly inspirational) storyline,
and seasoned actors. In fact, the principal cast members have extensive
screen credits. Each cast member is quite capable, and they know their
way in front of a camera. The film is well edited, and the story is
well organized. The film is not superficial, and the finale leaves one
with something positive and powerful. I rate this film a 9 out of 10.
The film appears to be available for showing, but in far-too-limited
venues. But, if you get a chance to see this delightful film, it is
highly recommended for the entire family. And, guess what? There are no
obscenities, sex or violence, and yet the film is quite entertaining.
Why? Because the film is focused entirely on a solid story, and is not
dependent on anything that detracts from its theme.
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