Review – The Case for Christ (2017)

hTKwkxMv5MCkN8vMXiEmMmAHafhIt’s time for the 2nd religious film that I watched in the year. The first one, The Shack, actually did a good job impressing me while this film, The Case for Christ did a bit of the opposite. There’s some potential for this film, as it is based on a true story, but don’t expect something unbiased, though. I’ve got words on this one. Let’s start with the plot.

Based on the true story of an award-winning investigative journalist — and avowed atheist — who applies his well-honed journalistic and legal skills to disprove the newfound Christian faith of his wife… with unexpected, life-altering results. – IMDb

Alright, so here’s where the potential comes in. Whenever it comes to religious films, you always have to think about the target audience. The Case for Christ is technically about trying to disprove Christianity by disproving Jesus was resurrected – because that’s what Christianity hinges on. Written by an award-winning journalist, this should’ve been something really interesting. However, when you use the Bible as a source or historical document, you lose all real credibility. Also, the people the journalist actually interviews are scientists and “experts” that also so happen to be Christians – so, literally everything is biased. Also, trying to disprove the resurrection is just one element – atheists don’t believe anything in the Bible even happened, so you need to disprove the entire Bible, not just one story in it. There’s a lot going on in this film that doesn’t make any logical sense. Clearly, the target audience was Christians with stuff that they want to hear, even though they’ve heard it a thousand times before. This does nothing for anyone else.

Alrighty, apart from my first impressions, how well did the rest of the film do? To answer that, we’ll break down The Case for Christ to interpret the stars.

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PEOPLE SCORE – 4/10
Acting – 1|Characters – 0|Casting – 1|Importance – 2|Chemistry – 0

First up, we have the people category, starting off with the subcategory of acting. The acting was neither terrible or great, mostly typical and forgettable. These were just bad characters, period. I think everyone did a fine job in the role, but that doesn’t mean they were the only actor for the job. Absolutely every character in this film seemingly had an important role adding to the direction of the plot, I was impressed. They had a reason, they had a purpose, they had history, and I love it. Finally, how was the chemistry? This isn’t very common for most films, but the people in the film really didn’t work well together at all…they had anti-chemistry.

WRITING SCORE – 7/10
Dialogue – 1|Balanced – 2|Story – 1|Originality – 1|Interesting – 2

Next up, we have the writing category, starting off with the dialogue subcategory…which was as unremarkable and forgettable as the meal you had last Tuesday afternoon. I would certainly say that the film is also very well-balanced and consistently holds a strong focus on the story at hand. When it comes to the actual story, I can’t really say it’s the best. It’s got a few things here and there that I think a lot of people will enjoy, but it’s certainly not the greatest story ever told. Is the film original? Well, I think elements of the film definitely feel fresh and new, but there’s always an itching feeling that we’ve seen this film before…so it’s not as original as it could’ve been. Was this movie interesting? Of course it was, don’t be silly. I was all-in for this one.

BTS SCORE – 6/10
Visuals – 1|Directing – 1|Editing – 1|Advertisement – 2|Music – 1

Next up, we’re taking a look at behind-the-scenes, starting with the visuals. In this case, the visuals were pretty standard and typical to what you’d expect. Nothing blows you away, nothing looks horrible, either. It is what it is, folks. Next, we’re taking a look at the directing, which slips by without you noticing it. That’s right, there wasn’t anything difficult or challenging for the director. They could’ve hired any director for the job and the movie would be exactly the same. Nothing challenging or difficult in the editor’s desk, folks. They stitched the movie together just fine, but there’s nothing else to report here because even a kid could probably do it. As with most films, I consider this film to be exactly as-advertised, which is good. There wasn’t anything fancy or memorable about the music. It was basically as good as it needed to be in order to keep the tone in place…and that’s what they did here, as well.

NARRATIVE ARC SCORE – 10/10
Introduction – 2|Inciding Incident – 2|Obstacles – 2|Climax – 2|Falling Action – 2

Next up, we’re chugging right along into the narrative arc category, which is one of the easiest categories to score highly in. First up, we’re looking at the introduction, which did perfectly. By the inciting incident, we knew who everyone was, the basic setting, and what’s going on in these people’s lives. How about the inciting incident? That was perfectly clear and set the rest of the film up for a good ride. How were the obstacles? Totally fine. There were plenty of clear obstacles in the way, just as you’d come to expect. How was the climax? The climax was perfect. It felt like a perfect culmination of everything else put together, just as it should. Lastly, we’re gonna talk about the falling action, which was really great. It had a nice little calming down moment and a definite returning to a new norm moment as well, so that’s good.

ENTERTAINMENT SCORE – 0/10
Rewatchability – 0|Fun – 0|Impulse/Talk – 0|Impulse/Buy – 0|Sucks you in – 0

Now, we get to ask the age-old question on if this movie is even entertaining! It’s not the best start since I wouldn’t rewatch it if my life depended on it. Okay, that’s a bit harsh, but I honestly don’t see me ever looking for it in order to see it again. What about its ability to b fun? Sorry, but this movie is about as boring as it gets. I didn’t have fun watching it, I wanted to stop it and leave! Do I have any impulse to buy it? No way, Jose! What about talking to somebody about the film that hasn’t heard of it? I really have no impulse to tell anybody about it, honestly. Does this suck you in, though? No, not really. If anything, it has more opportunities to push you out then suck you in.

SPECIALTY SCORE – 20/50
The Case – 5|Drama – 10|Cringe – 10|Target Audience – 0|Halfway Decent – 10

Alright, onto the specialty questions that I wrote before seeing the film. First of all, onto the “case” in question. Was it a good one? I’ll admit that there were questions in there that make it feel like a case, but you have to also consider the fact that they were all biased questions that missed the point entirely, in order to sound super-Christian and look good while doing it…but it’s not really that hard to notice how much bias there really is, which is against the whole point. Drama-wise, I’ll say there is plenty of drama here, so full points there. Whenever I deal with a Christian film, especially with PureFlix, I need to see how much cringe scenes are in here. These are the scenes with “sit-down” moments where it takes it away from the pacing of the film in order to talk about God. Trust me. There’s a distinct difference from when you’re living life and stepping into a church. Night and day, and all of these movies do it in a way that’s not even natural most the time. Does it meet its target audience? The target audience is pretty much atheists, but given the bias, nope. Finally, was it halfway decent? For this, I’ll say somewhat, but not entirely. It could’ve easily done a better job with the target audience. Christians are just so focused on being right all the time that they don’t realize being wrong about one thing doesn’t ruin everything else, so they opt for bias over truth. Ah well.

TOTAL – 47/100

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