A familiar story with a unique finish.
I Can Only Imagine opened in theaters this weekend and of course I found the opportunity to view it. I’m a fan of the song that the movie is based off of and I figured it would be interesting to see its roots. While I did have some reservations with the film, I reached the end inspired and moved.
The story of a young child who has been abused by one parent and abandoned by the other could unfortunately replicate the experiences of many. However, this film shows how this childhood experience would go on to shape the artist that would write the song to move thousands, if not millions. That is what’s special about I Can Only Imagine. It is, in many ways, the documented journey of how one incredibly powerful and game changing song came to be. While I thought there were some parts of the film that felt slightly rushed an under explained, and while I struggled with accepting actor J. Michael Finley as a 18 year old high school student, I still could help the lump from forming in my throat and the tears from streaming down my face when the song was finally performed towards the end of the film.
I liked the film, but I did not love it. I did, however, appreciate it as an informative look into what events would come together to inspire the musical hit, I Can Only Imagine.
My rating: 7/10