If you like cute, intense movies that make you smile, cry and are food for though then you should head to theaters to watch Heaven is for Real.
Heaven is For Real is Based on the #1 New York Times best-selling book of the same name, HEAVEN IS FOR REAL. The story brings to the screen the true story of a small-town father who must find the courage and conviction to share his son’s extraordinary, life-changing experience with the world. The film stars Academy Award® nominee and Emmy® award winning actor Greg Kinnear as Todd Burpo and co-stars Kelly Reilly as Sonja Burpo, the real-life couple whose son Colton (newcomer Connor Corum) claims to have visited Heaven during a near death experience. Colton recounts the details of his amazing journey with childlike innocence and speaks matter-of-factly about things that happened before his birth … things he couldn’t possibly know. Todd and his family are then challenged to examine the meaning from this remarkable event. By Sony Pictures Publicity
Heaven Is For Real opens in theaters on April 16th, 2014.
I had the opportunity to attend one of the screenings for this movie, and I can tell you that the emotions after the movie can be really strong. I had read the book before, so I knew what the movie was about, and I am very impressed with the actors and how they made the book come alive in such a good way.
I was also part of the group of bloggers that attended the press conference and I learned a few things form the actors.
Interview with Thomas Haden Church: He prepared for his role as a fire fighter by doing a 2 day training in a local fire department in Texas. Then he rode on the fire trucks while on location and learned how to put all the gear, which he says it is not easy, specially putting the air packs. He also talked to us about his faith and he said that It’s always been there, and he keeps using the an analogy that, whenever you’re a child you start out with a very fundamental set of tools, like a spiritual train set. And as you go along and you get older, some of those things are lost. But this movie helped him revitalize where he was spiritually. He also said he would not be talking to us (the bloggers) if he had not been at the movie. He would not been talking about hopeful, loving and spiritual dynamics. Then he said: " you guys are all moms, that is cool, you can always have good enerty with a bunch of moms!
We also got to meet Connor Corum, the young star from the film. He is just adorable. It is so hard to believe he is so young because he looks so natural and great on the movie. Connor told us that he enjoys being an actor. That is SO FUN!. His favorite scene in the movie is when he was sick. He told us he kept drinking juice to be able to spit up. He also liked the scene with the spider and he is not afraid of spiders.
We also met with Director Randall Wallace, and if the name sounds familiar is because he directed Braveheart too. He is such a nice guy. He teared up telling us about his mom and made us laugh telling us about the film situations. He also told us that Connor had an amazing time and it was easy to direct because he was not really acting.
I also got to meet the Burpos. The book and the movie are based on their story. It was so great to meet them and see that they are traveling all over the country helping people with workshops and Colton helps kids that are dying to get peace. He still remembers clearly some of the images about heaven he saw. You can just feel the love when you are around the family. Their words make you feel at ease.
It is an emotional movie. Now I want to take my son to see it, because I think it that it would develop great conversations about religion and faith. The movie is out in theaters, do not miss it!
I would also recommend to read the book (that is available in Spanish too) because it has so many details about the story that cannot be described on the movie.