A young girl tries to overcome a life changing incident, but her faith in God is put to the test in the Christian movie Faith’s Song.
We don’t get many Christian (or even religion) based films sent in to review, here at Screen Critix; we’ve had a few over the years, but not many. Though it seems that they could be very much beloved by people all over the world and maybe, just maybe, be very profitable too.
Faith’s Song is a new Christian-based movie from director Frankie Hutto which is due for release before the year is out. As with all films that come my way, I try to do as much research as possible in regards to the film and all the people involved in the making of the film. Unfortunately, Faith’s Song doesn’t have an IMDB page (at the time of writing this review) but I did find a Facebook page and also a Go Fund Me page. According to the Go Fund Me page, Hutto and his team where/are looking for help in raising funds to self-distribute the move after spending $200,000 on production. I hope they get it.
To a normal person, $200,000 may seem like an astronomical figure. You could afford to buy a house and a car with that money, but in film making terms, it really is a paltry sum. To complete a feature film on $200k is quite an accomplishment and one that should be commended. Is Faith’s Song any good though?
Faith (Hayden McCoy) is a happy teenage girl who comes from a strong home with two loving parents. Unlike most teens, who like nothing more than playing games or socialising, Faith can mostly be found at the church where she is a singer in the choir. Her life is quickly turned upside down though when her parents, who were out on a date to celebrate their anniversary, are killed in a car crash.
With nowhere to go, Faith has to move to another city to live with her Aunt and Uncle, who are non-believers. If that wasn’t hard enough, she also has to go to a new school where she is bullied for her beliefs.
Soon, Faith’s faith (ahem) is put to the test. Does she continue believing in and worshipping God, or does she change her ways in order to fit in with the other kids.
The plot for Faith’s Song isn’t all that bad and makes for a decent little drama film which wouldn’t look out of place on a religious television network or even Hallmark say. It also plays and looks very much like a TV movie, which is no bad thing at all.
Yes, some of the acting at times was a little wooden (mostly from the people in the smaller roles), yes the cinematography and production design was messed up at parts – the 180-degree rule was thrown out of the window in many scenes and the lighting was shot way too bright, but I have seen far worse. Also, for some reason, the cinematographer thought it was more important to focus on a bannister instead of an approaching character in one scene – a simple follow focus would have fixed that.
The script, whilst chock full of emotional and resonating moments, was also packed with far too preachy scenes and dialogue. At the start, everyone is praying and singing and reading passages from the bible. It felt a little forced. The pacing was also mixed-up. I didn’t feel the struggle that Faith was going through, and with more time spent on shots, production design and colour to suit the Mise-en-scène, the film would have worked a whole lot better.
It may sound like I have been a little hard on Faith’s Song, and maybe I have in parts, but I am speaking the truth and it’s only because I want Northface Christian Films to do well. With some slight changes in certain areas, they really could create something excellent – something that will be of interest to religious and non-religious movie fans alike. I really do hope they succeed.