I went to see Sony’s “Miracles from Heaven,” with Jennifer Garner and Queen Latifah. OH MY! So many tears! This is the chick flick of the year! It’s a faith-based film about a little girl in small-town, wholesome family comes down with a painful, rare, and incurable illness. Between the diagnosis, the quest to find a doctor willing to treat the little girl, and enduring the treatments, the faith of the 5-year old’s mother, Christy Beam.
The film is based on the true story of Annabel Beam, who suddenly becomes ill from two digestive disorders. Annabel’s condition is a grave one and the family enlists the help of Dr. Nurko of Boston Children’s Hospital. The family lives in Texas and the strain of having to commute from Texas to Boston for treatment puts a strain on the entire family. Christy Beam, Annabel’s mother begins to question her faith in God, after several difficult situations occur and watching her daughter suffer from an incurable condition. While home from the hospital, Annabel tragically falls 30 feet inside a tree, head first, inexplicably curing her rare illness.
The movie had me in tears most of the time. It was a sweet movie that made me smile and believe in the goodness of humankind. I love that the story not only has a happy ending, I love that it is based on a real family, living in Texas that has a renewed faith in God, in spite of, or because of the life and death situation.
I watched the movie with a friend of mine that spent many days and nights in the hospital with her son, while he battled cancer. Having this friend with me made the movie’s meaning even more profound, knowing someone who had gone through a similar trial with their child. OH! My friend’s son has had a happy ending, too! Life has it’s challenges, for sure. However, I love the message that Christy Beam wanted to convey in the memoir about her daughter—I really felt the message was that beauty is all around us, if we just look for it. Her own personal message, at the end of the film, was that miracles are all around us. I agree. I think there’s miracles and beauty all around us, even in our darkest hour.
I will say that this is a very faith-based film and if that is not something you’re comfortable with, this might not be the movie for you. For me, it was a touching movie about real life. I’ve seen miracles happen and I do believe in miracles!
If you’re in the mood for a heartfelt movie and aren’t deterred by lots of tears, I’d say, GO SEE IT! It really tugged at my heart strings and made me really think about the beauty all around. I love the positive message this movie sends.
Disclosure: I was given the opportunity to preview the movie before it came out in theaters, in exchange for my honest review. Regardless, this blog only provides information I believe will be useful and/or interesting to my readers. All opinions are my own.