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‘I Still Believe’ Soars Beyond Faith-Based Audiences

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Britt Robertson is the Meg Ryan of our age, solely Hollywood isn’t so eager on rom-coms anymore.

She’s making an attempt all the identical, a one-woman romance generator with movies like “The Longest Ride,” “The Space Between Us” and “The First Time” adorning her IMDB web page.

She will get her richest romance to this point with “I Still Believe,” a faith-friendly yarn wanting to crush our tear ducts. The fact-based story calls for all of her consideration, and even in throwaway moments she’s positively Ryan-esque.

So, too, is the movie, the newest signal the Erwin brothers know the right way to attain throughout the religious aisle … if film goers will allow them to.

“Riverdale’s” KJ Apa stars as Jeremy Camp, an aspiring singer beginning his first 12 months at a Christian faculty. He’s good-looking, type and a bit cocksure. He’s additionally wildly unprepared when love at first sight knocks him chilly.

Robertson’s Melissa, a fellow scholar with a penchant for dreamy guitarists, feels it, too. It’s one thing the star radiates in small however elegant measures. Only it’s … difficult.

Who noticed that coming?

Said complication is the movie’s weakest aspect. She’s already bonding with a rising singer named Jean Luc (Nathan Parsons), however the movie isn’t keen to share extra about their relationship.

It appears like a dodge.

Love will discover a method, although, however a much bigger problem awaits this couple, one thing all of the prayers on the earth may not conquer.

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The Erwin brothers make motion pictures for Christian audiences, however their sermons are rising in energy and cinematic heft. “I Still Believe” is attractive at instances, with the duo’s digicam gliding over a story constructed for mass enchantment.

Faith issues right here, after all. It’s jarring to look at our leads casually share their love of God solely as a result of most motion pictures dodge the topic. This isn’t a movie waving the Bible at audiences, although, or demanding we go to Church this Sunday.

The Erwins perceive Christ is within the true story’s DNA, however they gained’t enable it to overwhelm the story’s dramatic beats.

FAST FACT: The Erwin brothers, Andrew and Jon, beforehand directed faith-based motion pictures like “Woodlawn,” “I Can Only Imagine,” “Mom’s Night Out” and “October Baby.”

It helps that Gary Sinise co-stars as Jeremy’s father, a person whose personal religion journey hit loads of bumps, too. Their father-son moments are dutifully coronary heart tugging however extra grounded than earlier religion movies. So, too, are sequences the place Melissa grapples along with her declining well being.

There’s blood, and ache, and the sort of grit usually pushed out of body in Christian cinema. You must see that right here, and it’s tackled in ways in which aren’t exploitative or merciless.

The musical sequences, from Jeremy jotting down new lyrics to full-blown live shows, join the movie to its supply materials. Just Google “Jeremy Camp” as soon as the movie wraps and savor the connections.

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Their stunning love story involves the large display on Friday. His (and her) story will contact your hearts this week. Hear @jeremycampofficial discuss in regards to the story of #IStillBelieve.

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“I Still Believe” asks a nagging, acquainted query – why would a form God carry us a lot ache? The movie’s solutions will resonate strongest with audiences already open to God. That aspect might push some viewers away, however it’s inconceivable to disclaim the love between these two younger souls.

Nothing issues extra in a big-screen romance, faith-friendly or not.

HiT or Miss: “I Still Believe” gently preaches to a rising choir thanks largely to its winsome lead actress.

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