Heaven is for Real: Movie Review

Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back is a true story about a boy named Colton Burpo, who at the time was 4,  becomes very ill and while in the hospital, visits Heaven. Today, Colton is 14. Throughout the film, Colton’s family is faced with struggles with their community, who do not believe what Colton says is true. Through humiliation and uncertainty Todd Burpo, Colton’s father, learns the real meaning of faith and family. The movie takes you through Colton’s journey in Heaven and is truly eye-opening and mind blowing.

The movie is rated exactly at what it should be, PG. It is not scary, suspenseful, or scarring; it is an inspiring movie of faith and courage and a great example of what the Catholic faith teaches, to stand up for your faith. Heaven is for Real received a Rotten Tomatoes score of 49% saying, “overextends itself with heavy-handed sequences depicting concepts it could have trusted the audience to take on faith.” It also shows an audience rating which stands at 77%.

On the site, Claudia Puig from USA Today, rated it a 2.5/4. She wrote, “A well-acted, family-friendly and timely movie for Easter audiences that is just as much about appreciating life on Earth as it is about what comes after.”

Adam Markovitz, from Entertainment Weekly, had a different feel for the movie. “There’s no antagonist, no resolution, and no real climax – just a series of mildly charming scenes in which Colton shares heavenly knowledge while his family reacts with awestruck tears.”

I strongly recommend anyone to watch this movie despite the reviews. The story is amazing and changes the way we see death and our life after. I would definitely see it again.
Warning: there is a possibility of crying.