I had heard of the movie but had not had the chance to go see it in theater yet. So when I was approached to promote the upcoming DVD of Miracles from Heaven I didn’t hesitate one second – I jumped on the bandwagon. I have received access to the movie via the internet and one rainy Saturday afternoon, we sat down – the whole family together – to watch the movie. The family consist of my husband and I as well as our four kids ages 8. 10, 12, and 15.
The movie is based on the true story of the Beam family from Burleson, Texas. When 10 year-old Anna is diagnosed with an incurable digestive motility disorder that threatens her life, the entire family's faith is tested. Discouraged by naysayers, aka: "friends of Job," Mrs. Beam finds her own faith slipping away. Young Anna tries to stay strong, but even reaches the point of despair. And just when it seems that all hope is lost, the miraculous happens, restoring everyone's faith and bringing new faith to others.
Ok. First of all I will not tell you everything that happens in the movie as it would spoil the story for you. But I will tell you one thing for sure – You absolutely need to watch this movie! The story is absolutely incredible and will grab your heart from the beginning. Everyone in the family enjoyed the story and how it was presented. It was well done and slowly unfolding the drama surrounding the family. I experience a multitude of emotions while watching this movie – hate for certain comments made by other churchgoers, sadness, compassion, and much more. You definitively need a box of tissue next to you while watching this movie if you are prone to cry in movies that are somewhat emotional.
Though some parts of the movie are not quite similar to the real story itself, I find the creators behind this movie were able to succesfully illustrate the drama behind the whole ordeal lived by the Beam family during the sickness of Anna. I find that Jennifer Garner was doing a great job at impersonating the mom. It isn’t easy to have a sick child and struggling with faith when hard times are hitting you. Similarly, Kylie Rogers did an amazing job in her role as Anna Beam.
On the Blue-Ray you will also find special features and digital extras. Not only will you meet the real family but you will also get things like: accounts from Annabel, deleted scenes, commentary with Patricia Riggen and Randy Brown, miracles abound: the making of Miracles from Heaven, bearing witness, your words music montage, and creating Heaven - concept art exploration.
If you are looking for a wonderful family movie I strongly recommend Miracles from Heaven. Everyone in my family enjoyed it – even my youngest who disliked the hospital scene because she do not like seeing people suffering. Her three brothers enjoyed it as well and thought the story was interesting. I personally enjoyed it quite a lot (even if I had tears a few times during the movie) and have been talking about it to other people since we watched it last week-end. I think the movie is a breath of fresh air and very family friendly.
If you desire to learn more about the story of the Beam family, please visit the mother’s website at ChristyBeam.com where you will also be able to see pictures of the family from the past and today.
Miracles from Heaven is available for purchase at any store, even on amazon.ca and amazon.com.
Disclaimer: Movie has been provided courtesy of Sony Entertainment Canada and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc via internet link for review purpose. I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.