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|Originaltitel:||I Can Only Imagine|
|Genre:||Drama, Music movie|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 110 Min|
|FSK:||From 0 years|
Bart Millard (J. Michael Finley) looks back on a difficult childhood. Left by his mother, he remains alone with his violent father (Dennis Quaid). The hope of escaping from his unloved home through his talent in football is shattered by a serious accident. It is in the school choir of all places that he finds his passion for music. Immediately after graduation, he takes flight with his band MercyMe and travels across the country. His talent is recognized, but the breakthrough fails to materialize. Just when Bart wants to give up hope, he writes a song that will change his life and that of many other people…
"I Can Only Imagine" by the band MercyMe is considered to be the most successful Christian rock song of all time. The song, in which singer Bart Millard deals with the difficult relationship with his father, has moved and inspired many people, especially in the USA. The Erwin Brothers drama traces Millard's path that led him to compose this successful song. This begins very promisingly. Although the staging lacks any form of originality, it is very entertaining and moving, especially in the first hour. And if J. Michael Finley is allowed to make fun of the fact that he actually looks far too old in the role of the teenager beard, then you can even discover a touch of irony.
However, all this disappears more and more in the second half. Relatively suddenly a very penetrating "Find God and he will show you the way" message is beaten into the audience. In principle, there is nothing wrong with what the film wants to say to its audience. After all, what the song was for many people should also be transmitted through the film. But the way it is done has turned out to be rather striking. This is a pity because the beginning showed very well that the message of hope, forgiveness and love can also be conveyed subtly.
In comparison to other Christian films from the USA, which have repeatedly made their way to Germany in recent years, "I Can Only Imagine" may be one of the better and more reserved ones. After all, the whole thing is over long distances more a musician biopic than a Bible study enriched with pathos. But since the "Praise the Lord" moral hammer is swinging more and more obtrusively towards the end, there remains - even for me as the son of a priest - a somewhat unpleasant aftertaste at the end, which also pushes the overall impression of a positive "well". Therefore, under the caper: Worth seeing only with some exceptions!
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