Truly Dreadful Film
It's fun, it's light, [but] it has a hard time when its tries to get heavy.
it is finally so absorbing because it plays like a lyrical road odyssey that’s also a detective story.
It is encouraging that the film ends so strongly.Otherwise, it wouldn't have been a particularly memorable film
I really wanted to like this movie. I liked the concept of a middle-aged man finding love again but the movie centers around a middle-aged man who lost his wife trying to breakup his daughters relationship with "over-the-top" do gooder. The acting is cringeworthy as well as a lot of the writing. I don't like how a lot of these Christian movies push marriage super young on girls. The daughter isn't even 21 yet and wants to get married? That's crazy to me. The boyfriend David is like 22-23. I just can't get past that. I can be emotional during movies but not one moment did I "feel" anything. This is probably a cliche enough movie to get into a lot of people's soft spots but it missed the mark with me.
Another Hallmark movie with a protagonist who is rude and obnoxious. A absolutely unlikeable person who treats his college age daughter like she's 12 and is a jerk to a guest in his home. Where does Hallmark find their useless writers who think portraying rude, obnoxious people is actually enjoyable to watch? It's not. The only plus for the movie is the pretty scenery. Despite the scenery I couldn't watch the movie past the 22 minute mark. I just fast forwarded it (youtube) to the end and happily shut it off.
Completely of "regional" (Utah) interest only. The protagonist's internal conflict vis-a-vis his prematurely deceased wife and his external conflict with his daughter's boyfriend is even too syrupy for a soap opera, leaving his struggle and subsequent resolution milquetoast(and I am being generous). Everything seems overly compressed and trite: his unresolved feelings for his wife, his inability to let go of his daughter, his acceptance of her boyfriend-turned-fiancée, to his courtship of a new love. The soundtrack also underscored the banal with songs that seemed like sonic cotton-candy. Not a film for a discerning or sophisticated viewer.
"Midway to Heaven" has a better than average story line setting up some very touching and humorous moments that most any audience looking for a thoughtful, romantic story should be able to identify with. The challenge of letting go of a deep relationship in order to move forward in life is handled, for the most part, very skillfully by Michael Flynn in his debut behind the camera as a director. All of the main actors sparkle in their roles, making you care about the challenges they are facing. While there are many funny moments to relish, it is the touching moments that make this a better than average romantic film. The music, scripting (from Dean Hughes novel), photography and music all blend well to make the film work. The beautiful Utah scenery of small towns is also a great asset. This is a film worthy of seeing in a theatre if you are fortunate enough to live in an area where it will be screened. It's one that I will look forward to purchasing on DVD later.