I Can Only Imagine is a 2018 American Christian drama film directed by the Erwin Brothers and written by Alex Cramer, Jon Erwin, and Brent McCorkle, based on the story behind the MercyMe song of the same name, which is the best-selling Christian single of all time. The film stars J. Michael Finley as Bart Millard, the lead singer who wrote the song about his relationship with his father (Dennis Quaid). Madeline Carroll, Trace Adkins, Priscilla Shirer, and Cloris Leachman also star.
Why It Sucks
It repeats the same flaws from other bad Christian movies, as well as many clichés. For example, Bart's father is yet a clichéd father who is abusive at the start but then changes his ways when accepting Jesus Christ into his heart, who eventually dies by cancer, in which this has been done so many times before.
Bart, himself, is a whiny brat who actually runs away from his father after being abused and even breaks up his girlfriend, why? Because his girlfriend just simply asked her group to pray for him. Eventually, they reconcile.
Historical inaccuracy: The movie is set during the 1980s, but a brief appearance of K-LOVE is seen at the end.
There's a scene where Bart denies his own criticism after a concert by the music judges, because they didn't find it "good enough", which reminded Bart of being insulted by his father, which is just inexcusable.
The infamous scene where Bart's father slams a plate on his head.
The studio had to use a school bus in order for the MercyMe band to have a bus.
At the near end, a woman announces she's going to sing "I Can Only Imagine", but yet struggles and ends up having Bart sing it instead. What?
More importantly, it's just boring. There's nothing else to add to it.
The concept of a song getting adapted into a movie is stupid and makes no sense. Although, to be fair, the entire film explains why the song was made.
The song itself isn't actually bad, and the plot itself is based off of a true story.