"Spreading the Good News"
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THE SECRETS OF JONATHAN SPERRY is a very sweet, kind-hearted evangelistic movie. The youth come to Christ, and the movie wants to bring audiences to Christ. Gavin McLeod does a brilliant job as Jonathan Sperry. The camerawork is immaculate and the music is well suited to the story. Regrettably, however, the movie is slow. Much of the dialogue is static. Another major problem is a lack of real jeopardy. Despite these flaws, this movie is surprisingly winsome and endearing.
(CCC, BBB, M) Very strong Christian worldview with very strong moral content; no foul language; no violence; no sex; no nudity; no alcohol; no smoking; and, a bully comes to Christ.
Set in the summer of 1970, THE SECRETS OF JONATHAN SPERRY tells the story of Dustin, who has gotten his first crush on a girl named Tanya, and his friends. Nick, the class bully, is harassing Dustin and his friends. One day an old neighbor, Jonathan Sperry, asks Dustin to mow his lawn. When he’s finished, he gives Dustin a lemonade, an extra dollar and starts witnessing to him about Jesus Christ.
Soon, not only Dustin but also his friends are coming to Mr. Sperry’s house for a Bible study. They’re continually harassed, however, whenever they pass by Nick. They want revenge, but Mr. Sperry tells them to love their neighbor, so the question is, will love work to transform the hard-hearted, mean spirited Nick, or will he continue to harass Dustin and his friends?
THE SECRETS OF JONATHAN SPERRY is a very sweet, kind-hearted evangelistic movie. The children come to Christ, and the movie wants to bring audiences to Christ. This is one of the best movies that the Christiano Brothers have done. Gavin McLeod does a brilliant job as Jonathan Sperry. The camerawork is immaculate, and the music is well suited to the story.
Regrettably, however, the movie is slow. Much of the dialogue is static. Static dialogue happens when people keep affirming each other, such as: “Dustin, do you want some cake?” “Yes, I want some cake, thank you.” “Did you like the cake?” “Yes, I liked the cake.” “Would you like some more cake?” Whatever people say in life is not in what they should say in the movies. Different personalities should be at odds with one another, and all the dialogue should move the story forward. Dialogue in conflict should tell the story of the movie.
Another major problem is a lack of jeopardy. A movie has to have something at stake that the hero will fight for and the villain will kill for. There are moments of jeopardy in the movie, but they are quickly dropped and forgotten.
Despite these flaws, however, this movie is surprisingly winsome and endearing. The characters are well defined, and the audience can empathize with them. And, there are moments in the movie that are truly moving. Best of all, this is a movie the whole family can enjoy together.
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