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I watched Heaven Is for Real, the movie adaptation of the book by the same name. It’s the story of Colton Burpo’s visit to heaven while he was on the operating table for a ruptured appendix. This young boy was not expected to survive because toxins had been pumping into his body for five days, but he miraculously pulled through.
The movie adaptation diverged from the book in a few places. The beginning symptoms of Colton’s illness and subsequent doctor visit are simplified so that you don’t get the same sense of seriousness that you do in the book. I thought that part should have been truer to the book.
Also, the way that Todd’s church and the community were unsupportive was fabricated for the movie. There were also a couple of antagonists thrown in–Nancy and the psychologist. I suppose these elements were added so that there would be some additional obstacles and challenges to overcome. They did add some drama to the story which wasn’t present in the original.
I also have a nitpick about how Todd’s wife dressed. I’ve known several pastor’s wives, and her clothing was entirely too revealing to fit her character. I guarantee you that pastor’s wives in the Midwest do not dress like that.
Overall, I thought the movie was okay, but it’s not one that I’ll ever need to watch again. It seems like it was constructed in such a way as to take the viewer on an emotional roller coaster, and that’s exactly what it did for me.
Rating: 3 Stars
Until next time…
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