"Rise Up or Be Defeated"
What You Need To Know:
KING’S HEART strongly supports Christian, biblical values and principles when dealing with the loss of a parent. It also has a great message of not backing down and persevering through life’s hard times. However, the acting and script need more work. It’s hard to get past the strange dialogue and corny acting to really receive the movie’s positive message. The short length doesn't really allow enough time to dive into the characters and their story. KING’S HEART might have been more successful if the story had done more with Joey’s football game or spent more time on the whole family’s struggle with their sudden loss.
(CCC, BBB, V, M) Very strong Christian worldview with biblical views on family, loss, and not giving up; no foul language; no violence, but father does suffer a heart attack and falls to the ground; no sexual content, but the father does kiss the mother once in the movie; no nudity; no alcohol use; no smoking or drug use; and, some teasing between the brothers about oldest brother’s hurt leg.
KING’S HEART is a short Christian short movie about a family who loses their father unexpectedly three days before the middle son’s championship football game. It depicts the strong relationship that the father has with all three of his sons before he suffers a sudden heart attack and passes away.
The movie opens with Louis, the father, playing football with his middle son Joey on the high school football field. Louis is helping his son prepare for his upcoming championship football game. While they are still on the field, a deep voice begins to whisper in the background. The image is suddenly distorted, and the impression is given that something supernatural is watching Joey and his father. This supernatural being, assumed to be the Devil, continues to watch Louis as he walks home and interacts with his family. Once Louis is in his house, the movie shows the strong relationship he has with his wife when he promises to take her out to dinner.
Next, the family pulls into their driveway, and the oldest son struggles to get out of the car because of an injured leg. The other two sons tease the boy about his condition in a playful manner. The family walks into the house. The Devil watches the family again, focusing mainly on the father. That night as the family is spending time together eating ice cream, the father suffers a heart attack that none of the family was expecting. The paramedics come, but there is nothing they can do to save the father.
The next day they hold a funeral at the family’s home. Two of the sons are extremely upset about their father’s passing. Joey locks himself in his room, but overhears his mother questioning why God would let this happen to their family. This upsets Joey even further. Then, when he overhears his football coach talking to his mother about the big game, he decides he doesn’t want to play in the championship and tries to throw away his football equipment.
Joey’s uncle tells him about his father’s perseverance when his father tried out for football. He tells Joey to not give up the game he loves. He tells him that his father would have wanted him to keep going and to have a “King’s Heart” like he did.
Will Joey decide to overcome his anger and grief so that he can join his team in the big game?
KING’S HEART has great biblical beliefs and strong views of family and marriage. It also has a great message of not backing down and persevering through life’s hard times. The movie seems to be geared toward Christian audiences. Most of the dialogue might be considered “Christianese” and could be confusing to viewers not involved in Christ’s church.
The acting in this movie is also somewhat cheesy. It’s hard to get past the strange dialogue and corny acting to really receive the message portrayed in this movie. KING’S HEART is a short movie lasting only 25 minutes. The length of the movie doesn’t really allow for a lot of time to dive into the characters and their story. The movie could have been more successful if the story had done more with Joey’s football game or spent more time on the whole family’s struggle with their sudden loss. At the end, there are inserts explaining what happens to each of the children after the championship game, but MOVIEGUIDE® was left wanting more explanation about the outcome of this family and their great loss.