Benz Eye View: God’s Not Dead 2 + Top Best Films and Worst Movies of 2015

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God’s Not Dead 2

Pros:

1.) I like Tom Endler, Grace’s lawyer that defends her case throughout the movie.  Not only is he the only one of the atheist characters that are not jerks to Christians, but he is the only human character that seems to have life in him compared to the rest of the characters, Christians or atheists.

2.) The climax is somewhat clever.  No spoilers, but it is pointed out by a non-believing character that if you are doing this, why are not doing the same thing to others?  It points the hypocrisy of a world that wants diversity and tolerance (how they deliver the message on the other hand is a different story).

3.) The court scenes are pretty cool.  There are moments where it makes you question on certain things that are discussed in the movie…

 

Cons:

1.) …There is one problem with that: it is bias.  I recall that there are more witnesses who are in favor with Grace and God, and less witnesses who are against them.  Suddenly, the court case changes slightly from a woman who mentioned Jesus in her class into proving God exists.  That…is not what I expected, and it ends up being preachy as a result.

2.) There are somewhat too many sub-plot lines that have little to do with the main plot.  Some of them connect to the main plot (few of them are continuations of the first movie), but they do not really have much place other than it might work as a story for another movie.  Also, the main plot has a somewhat deus ex machina ending (you will understand if you watch it…if you ARE going to watch it).

3.) Other than a few actors, all the actors are not good.  Sub-par at best, they do not really have much emotion other than certain things for each character.  Melissa Joan Hart only can deliver a sad facial expression throughout most of the movie.  Ray Wise delivers an evil smirk throughout the time he is apparently winning the court.  And those are the good actors, the rest just suck.

 

Overall:

A sequel to God’s Not Dead?  Great.  Another Christian movie that means well, but does not do well.  This movie is just like its predecessor: It is filled with cliches, not subtle with its message, most of the actors are not good, etc. etc. you get the idea.  Is it just as bad as the original?  I say it is a slight improvement to the first.  Slight, because they take one step due to storytelling, but three steps back due to being preachy.  They do bring a good point on how some people do not exactly treat Christians well, and some do not even like them.  The movie has some decency to actually break their Christian cliche that not all atheists are evil.  However, that does not mean that the movie is good.  It does satisfy the intended audience: Christians, but there are so many problems with this movie that I do not exactly recommend it other than a FEW good moments.  Come on, Christian filmmakers.  I know you are better than this.  Actually make a film instead of a church sermon in movie form.

2/10

Before I end this review, I might as well put in my top best films and worst movies of 2015.  Before I start this, for those who have been following me on my personal Facebook account, I apologize that I did not put in the top best films and worst movies of 2014, so here is a quick list with THE BEST FILMS and WORST MOVIES in bold:

Top Best Films of 2014

The Lego Movie

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

X-Men: Days of Future Past

Edge of Tomorrow

How To Train Your Dragon 2

The Fault in Our Stars

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Guardians of the Galaxy

The Maze Runner

Gone Girl

John Wick

Nightcrawler

Interstellar

The Imitation Game

Selma

Whiplash

The Grand Budapest Hotel

 

Top Worst Movies of 2014

I, Frankenstein

God’s Not Dead

Noah

Mom’s Night Out

A Million Ways to Die in the West

Maleficent

Transformers: Age of Extinction

Lucy

Get On Up

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)

Expendables 3

The Giver

The November Man

Exodus: Gods and Kings

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Annie

 

Here is the same list, but in 2015:

Top Best Films of 2015

American Sniper

Kingsman: The Secret Service

Cinderalla (2015)

Woman In Gold

Ex Machina

Mad Mad: Fury Road

Jurassic World

Inside Out

Minions

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

Ricki & the Flash

Black Mass

Hotel Transylvania 2

Bridge of Spies

The Martian

The Peanuts Movie

In the Heart of the Sea

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

The Hateful Eight

The Revenant

Spotlight

The Big Short

Brooklyn

Sicario

The Good Dinosaur

Creed

Room

 

Top Worst Movies of 2015

Seventh Son

Chappie

Insurgent

Run All Night

Hot Pursuit

Beyond the Mask

Pixels

Fantastic Four (2015)

The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

Hitman: Agent 47

Pan

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2

The Night Before

Legends

Daddy’s Home

 

Sorry if this seems a little out of nowhere and unprofessional, but the reason I end up like this is that I do not have that much time to make a Top 10 list, and I cannot seem to formulate a good explanation for each film and movie when I do have the time.  From now on, I am going to list my Top Best Films and Worst Movies in this format each year.  If you do not like this and prefer for me to actually make a Top 10 List, let me know.  Thank you for taking time to read this, and have a nice day.

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