"I Still Believe" Movie Review
Going through difficult times is one part of life that we all can relate to. Everyone has their struggles no matter who they are. We often don't understand the reasoning behind why we face such difficulties, but if we follow Melissa Camp's example, we can find peace even when the odds are stacked against us.
I Still Believe follows Jeremy Camp as he starts college. He has a talent for playing guitar and singing but initially joined college to study Theology. After seeing a flyer for a concert being held at the school, he decided to sneak in backstage to meet the performers. What he didn't count on was meeting Melissa, a girl he instantly fell in love with. The two strike a bond and become fast friends. But when Melissa falls ill, Jeremy's spiritual struggle begins. Will he be able to keep his faith in God despite the tragedy surrounding him?
Man, talk about ugly crying. I don't mean shedding a few tears here and there. No, I mean full on blubbering, face-contorting crying. That's how powerful this film is. I saw the film with my dad and he doesn't cry at anything, but he shed some tears during this. Melissa's struggle also hit an emotional chord with my mom who had seen this kind of struggle up close before. Looking on Metacritic and Rotten Tomatoes, seeing all the negative reviews from so-called professionals upset me. How can you walk away from this film feeling anything but humbled? People may argue that the film is made for Christians but it's a film for everyone. Melissa's story was meant to be shared with the world, not just one group. Anyone that sees this film and hears Jeremy and Melissa's story and sees the struggles they went through and still come away feeling bored or unmoved have something very wrong with their hearts. Don't listen to these negative critics. Go see the film for yourself and discover the beauty of God's grace and the power of faith for yourself.
KJ Apa and Britt Robertson had a beautiful chemistry between them. Gary Sinise was a welcome sight and gave us one of the most meaningful moments in the film. The writing and directing for the film were well-done. It was never overdone nor was it ever underwhelming. There was a happy midpoint between drama/romance and spirituality that kept the viewer intrigued and engaged the entire time.
In conclusion, I have to believe that Jeremy Camp is proud of this film. The message that Melissa left behind was tragically beautiful and uplifting, and the fact that Jeremy is still spreading the word throughout the world is a true testament to his faith in God and love for Melissa. I give the film a 4 out of 4.
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