Movie trailer review, I Can Only Imagine (2018). In the early 1990’s I consumed heaps of contemporary Christian music, but 2018’s “Christian music” film is about a song I can’t say I like. I didn’t expect Mercy Me’s I Can Only Imagine, to have become the biggest song in contemporary Christian music history. But they made a movie about it.
It makes commercial sense to make a movie about this song. It’s popular, it made money, so many people love it.
Although a smaller song can resonate, there is more to this film than making a commercially viable film about a commercially successful song though. The trailer to I Can Only Imagine tells us there is a heartbreaking story behind the song.
In the trailer, the thrust of this story is the song writer’s pain in growing up with a solo Dad who was unkind to him. Mom had left home, but as a young man he turns his pain into song.
The father (played by Dennis Quaid) may learn to see his son differently, not in terms of making a hit song, but in terms of making a song that resonates with his father (as well as others).
Personally, I’m open to this film, but a little unconvinced I will be inspired or uplifted.
The trailer prepares us for an inspirational movie, though, a trailer that’s showing us the movie is potentially feel good and uplifting.