Movie Review: God’s Not Dead

Katy Swift, Staff Writer

Almost everyone knows a movie that is completely predictable, but has a good message towards its intended audience. For me, this was one of those movies.

“God’s Not Dead” starts out like many typical movies. There are brief glances shown of the many characters the movie plans to focus on during the first day of college. The biggest story of the movie focuses on Josh, a freshman, and his philosophy teacher. This teacher convinces the whole class to agree to the notion that God is dead for one-third of their grade instead of arguing the opposite except for Josh. He refuses to sign the piece of paper, which means he has to go through the process of trying to convince his class that God’s not dead over three class periods.

Other characters refuse to support his action, like his girlfriend and parents, but he also gains support from people like the Reverend and a classmate along the way. During this time, there are storylines shown of other people struggling with showing and supporting their Christian beliefs. One of these other characters even gets thrown out of her home because of her beliefs.

The viewer gets to see all of these storylines unfold, and their eventually connection at the end of the movie. There are even lines that many viewers might be able to guess ahead of time because of how easy it is to tell where the story is going. On another note, while “God’s Not Dead” is mostly a serious movie about concealing or supporting beliefs, there are some brief moments of humor such as a character that just cannot get any car to start to be able to go on his much needed vacation.

However, if we look past the obvious plot line, the message is important. Most people who choose to watch this movie probably already believe in God. Just the title would probably deter away those who do not. The message is clearly aimed at Christians, and how they need to show their faith.

The movie does show many cases where people tend to hide their faith and what happens when they stop concealing it. “God’s Not Dead” also tries to show how one person showing their faith can impact many people. They show that not only can someone’s philosophy class be impacted, but also thousands of other people as well.

This was not a bad movie by any means, but do not expect to be surprised in any way by this movie. I would not consider this to be a must see for everyone, but if you are curious I say go ahead and watch it. The movie was actually better than my expectations, and, luckily, you do not have to wait for it to leave theaters since it is already on DVD and Redbox. Overall, those who have considered seeing this movie, or are interested now, should try to see the movie at some point to come up with their own conclusions on this one.