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Published October 25th 2018
Faith filled film for the faithful
Paul misses the chance to ask, "What are this week's lotto numbers?"
What's the meaning of life? Why do bad things happen to good people? How can I have free will if God has a plan for everything? What questions would you ask your creator if you had the chance to interview them? An Interview with God gives audiences the chance to explore these deep questions and more.
When you see Paul's bike riding skills in the film, you'll understand why he believes in God.
Paul Asher is a journalist whose faith is tested after a stint covering the war in Afghanistan. He's returned home with PTSD, and while his career is on an upward trajectory, his marriage is in peril. Rather than solve his seemingly insurmountable issues, Paul throws himself back into his work. He's given the chance to cover the story of a lifetime – it's an interview with a man who claims to be the Judeo Christian God.
God brags about his fishing skills. (JK you'll have to see the film to find out what God's doing here)
Paul has three days over which to interview God. During that time, he discovers more about himself than he expected. God asks so many questions of Paul you'd think He was the interviewer. He also drops some devastating news that shakes up Paul's world and faith even more.
The film does a good job of building the mystery and keeping you guessing about whether this man is a crackpot or not. It's very heavy handed with the pro-Christianity messaging so if that sort of thing bothers you, this won't appeal. If you've ever had faith or you are a person of faith, there are a lot of 'in jokes' you'll enjoy. The biblical references come pretty thick and fast during some of the interviews. The film seems to assume that all those watching it are familiar with the Christian bible and are people of faith. Given its title, that's probably a safe bet from the screenwriter Ken Aguado (Miracle on 42nd Street).
The acting is outstanding from Academy Award® nominee David Strathairn (Good Night, and Good Luck) as God and Brenton Thwaites (Pirates of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) as Paul. The narrative's easy enough to follow and film making is sound. There are no extended periods of nausea-inducing shaky cam or problematic sound mixing. This is movie making by the book, directed by Perry Lang (Men of War). Perry does a great job of keeping your interest during long, wordy scenes where characters are stationary.
An Interview with God is a good film for anyone who is a believer and for those who enjoy a theological discussion. It's only in cinemas for a short time, so get out there this weekend if it sounds like your cup of tea.