Before you call foul, it’s real! This is fucking real! Oh my god, this is the best thing I have seen in a long time. This is certainly the year for Christian propaganda films, and this one looks to be joining the ranks as fast as it possibly can. And this film looks to be taking the cake for the most enjoyably bad Christian propaganda film yet. This is the best Christmas gift a guy could ask for – laughter.
First, here is the trailer for the film, so you can join with me in enjoying how stupid this looks –
So, the first thing to note is that this film is by Kirk Cameron. The child star-turned Christian nutcase who often is in videos with his good buddy, Ray Cumfart. He has decided to be yet-another Christian who goes after the idea that we need “Christ back in Christmas.” You know, because it wasn’t totally a holiday stolen by the Christians from the pagans, since it is almost-impossible that Jesus was born on December 25th. But whatever.
For real, none of that even matters to me. I mean, did you watch that trailer? For real, this is probably the worst-looking film that I have ever seen! The “acting” is on par with an elementary school play. The shots are grotesque, with some of the close-ups being WAY too close for comfort. The lighting is like a commercial (in fact, the entire film looks like it is supposed to be a commercial). They have a bunch of children who are extras and they clearly don’t have any directing going on. They are just being weird in the background and it is so cute to watch. Cute and sad. And just to have a nice cherry on the top, they have a stereotypical black guy who is meant to cater to that demographic. I guess this film watches a lot of Tyler Perry and wants to emulate it. It says at the end that this is a family-made film. It tells. It really does. Everything about this trailer is wrong. Deathly, deathly wrong.
It is becoming very telling this year how Christianity at large feels about my crowd – the non-believers. With films like “God’s Not Dead,” “Heaven is For Real” and “Persecuted,” they are really trying to get hip with the younger audiences. However, it doesn’t work. For real, this films have all been universally bad. So bad that they are good, without a single exception. “God’s Not Dead” still has the top spot, but I am eager to see if this film can measure up to how terrible it is by showing off the “acting” chops of Kirk Cameron and his family.
I can’t give an Initial Verdict on this film because it will be terrible in construction, but fun to watch in how bad it is. So, I’ll do two Initial Verdicts for this film, and we’ll see how it stacks up. I hope you all are as excited as I am.
2 out of 10
7 out of 10