This is an unusual film. I mean, first of all, it’s a Christian film and it’s good, which means it’s basically a unicorn (this year also gave us Miracles from Heaven, The Young Messiah, 90 Minutes In Heaven, and God’s Not Dead 2, so it stands out pretty sharply).
But it’s unusual in another way. A title card at the beginning of the movie announces “this film is intended as a theatrical worship experience. The filmmakers welcome your participation.” And almost immediately, we are thrust into what is essentially a Hillsong live DVD, with lyrics filling up the bottom of the screen so we can all sing along.
I don’t know what the reaction was in most screenings, but I saw this film two weeks into its release, and watched it in an almost-but-not-quite empty theater – too many people to have a quiet worship experience, too few to join in as a congregation.