Movie Review: The Resurrection Of Gavin Stone
Updated: May 28, 2019
‘A washed-up former child star, forced to do community service at a local megachurch, pretends to be a Christian to land the part of Jesus in their annual Passion Play, only to discover that the most important role of his life is far from Hollywood. ‘
IMDb 5.9/10 Metacritic 36/100 Rotten Tomatoes 42%
I had heard of this movie some time ago being a wrestling fan. There have been a number of wrestling stars that have had movies over the years and I will admit I have watched a good portion of them probably somewhere in the area of ¾ or so of them. After watching some of them I don’t know why I continue watching them. (Check Point with Goldberg comes to mind) But this one had the surprise of the first movie role for Shawn Michaels, I know he has had a number of walk-ons in a couple of TV shows over the years but I can’t recall him in any movies.
The cast also included Brett Dalton (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) and D.B. Sweeney (Jericho). Now the movie was produced by WWE Studios and had a whopping $2 million dollar budget. Even less than my recently viewed Boone the Bounty Hunter by John Morrison. This movie certainly didn’t look like it was that low of a budget. The production value of the film looked great and it didn’t look cheap or shoddy in any way I would have thought the budget was significantly higher overall.
Now the plotlines of the film weren’t exactly complex at all. It was part rom-com, part drama and really dealt with multiple types of tension with Dalton’s character. The personal and family tension between him and his father and the sexual tension between him and the pastor’s daughter who is putting on the church’s production. And overall, in the end showing the positive and forgiving nature of the church community and avoiding a lot of the negative things that could be associated with religion in general or Christianity specifically.
Overall, the movie wasn’t bad at all. It kept me entertained throughout the film by not keeping the drama parts of the film going on too long and breaking it up with quirky comedic bits from time to time. The film was a good solid family friendly style film especially with the slew of films being released with large amounts of language and violence. Films like Alien: Covenant, Logan, John Wick: Chapter 2 and even some others with more lax ratings like Wonder Woman, Pirates of the Caribbean and Guardians of the Galaxy.
It is quite ironic that they mention that Gavin was a child actor in a Hallmark movie and that the film really follows most of the bullet points of pretty much any Hallmark movie. Being that it is centralized around the church and the congregation the film does hold off on being preachy. There are some undertones and some inside jokes that are directed at Christians but it’s done in a well-natured way from start to finish.
I recommend giving the movie a watch, it is a pleasant change from the typical action movies and I am pretty sure there will be some tears shed by some of you as well. I am thinking of giving it another watch in the near future once I catch up on some of the fall TV series that I haven’t finished watching yet. I would tend to disagree with the reviews and ratings that have been put on the film as shown by my rating of the film. It isn’t my normal type of film that I would watch and I enjoyed it and was surprised by it. Give it a chance and don’t pay attention to the ratings.
3.75 Beards out of 5