On March 28, CinemaNerdz reports that “Miracles From Heaven,” which opened in theaters March 16, is still performing well in cinemas, “…proving itself financially viable, with an estimated $9.5 million giving it $34.1 million over a $13 million budget.” This movie, which is based on a true story, has received many good reviews and an A+ CinemaScore.
For example, on March 28, Atlantic Journal Constitution (AJC) reports that “Tyler Perry endorses Jennifer Garner film ‘Miracles from Heaven.’ ” AJC quotes Tyler Perry, “Just saw ‘Miracles from Heaven!!’ All I can say is WOW! What a great family movie…So powerful. See it if you haven’t. We need these kind of movies. Especially today!!…I’m sitting here STUNNED!!!…I can’t believe how moved I was by ‘Miracles from Heaven’ !!!…You have to see it!”
AJC also states that producer DeVon Franklin said, “… the movie was made with all audiences in mind…When I was working on the script and working on the film, I was thinking, how do I make the miracle idea universal…The family experience is a universal experience. Our hope is the movie is appealing to families across the board.”
In another article on March 28, on AJC, Jennifer Garner (who plays Christy Beam in “Miracles from Heaven”‘) says, “I grew up going to church every Sunday of my life…When I did move to L.A. it wasn’t something that was just part of the culture there in the same way… There was something about doing this film and talking to my kids about it and realizing that they were looking for the structure of church every Sunday. It was a great gift of this film that it took us back to finding our local Methodist church and going every Sunday. It’s really sweet…There’s a beautiful line in the movie that really resonates with me: ‘I don’t know where my faith is right now…I’ve struggled with faith and I’ve struggled without it and I’ll tell you it’s a whole lot easier with’ …if you don’t see joy in the small things and you only wait for big moments than you’ll just not be a happy person.”
On March 28, the Boston Globe reports on Dr. Samuel Nurko, director of the Center for Motility and Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders at Boston Children’s Hospital, whose patient has been the focus of “Miracles From Heaven.” His patient has been Annabel Beam who suffered from a debilitating, painful intestinal disorder for four years before she fell head first into the hollow body of an enormous cottonwood tree. She tumbled down 30 feet, landed on her head, and was trapped for hours. Then when she was rescued from the tree, it became clear that she was free of the rare, chronic diseases from which she suffered. Both her pastor and her doctor have described it as a miracle, an event for which there is no scientific explanation.
Eugenio Derbez, who performs the role of Dr. Samuiel Nurko, is delightful in this movie, as is Queen Latifah. Jennifer Garner, as mother Christy Beam, gives a heart-felt, captivating performance. Recently, AXS/Austin Movie Examiner has spent a weekend with the movie’s premiere activities in Dallas, TX. These events have included exclusive interviews on the Red Carpet with Jennifer Garner; producers DeVon Franklin and Bishop T.D. Jakes; Christy Beam (mother), Anna, Abbey, and Adelyn (daughters), and Kevin (father). Further, an exclusive interview with Jennifer Garner was filmed. From these interviews have come inspiring insights.
Jennifer Garner shares that this movie has been transformative for her personally. Further, in exclusive interviews with AXS/Austin Movie Examiner on the Red Carpet and in a private one-on-one filmed interview, Jennifer tells how this movie will also have a transformative impact on those who see it. She reveals that at the heart of the story is a mother’s love, a child’s faith, and the inspiration of the whole family. Producer DeVon Franklin states in an AXS/Austin Movie Examiner interview that this movie will impact viewers, especially families and children, because “…it is easy to receive an honest story from a child.” He tells how each member of the family are individual role models. He states, for example, that the older sister is a role model to teens and demonstrates “…that it matters to help your family.” He says that “Viewers need to bring tissues because this heart-warming story reaffirms the importance of love and faith in a family… All families experience crises and tragedies…This movie brings the top talent to this good story… Jennifer Garner brings her role home as the mother.”
In an AXS/Austin Movie Examiner interview, Bishop T.D. Jakes (producer) shares how with “blessings come burdens.” He also tells about the value of good movies. He states, ” ‘Miracles From Heaven’ is a sequel to ‘Heaven Is For Real.’ ” He shares, “Both stories value the real experience of children… It is the child’s faith that marshals the parent’s faith… If Jesus, The Great Storyteller, was here today, He would use movies to tell stories.”
In exclusive interviews with the Beam Family, AXS/Austin Movie Examiner asks questions about the roles that each member of the family have played in the real events and about their role as a family unit. Kevin Beam tells, shares, “I needed to be strong for my family, during the four years when my daughter was in terrible pain.” Adelyn (the youngest daughter) reveals, “Sometimes I want more attention on me, but then I have to be mature and realize it is not about me but what God is doing with our family… Every day I am glad that we still have our sister, Anna.” Christy explains,, “Our story is about hope and encouragement. We are relieved that the movie tells our story well.” Abbey says, “It was hard but later became rewarding. At first we didn’t know why this happened. We just needed to get through one day at a time.” Anna, who endured the disorder and healing, confides, “We are happy that this movie tells our story.”
This movie picturizes how life that involves challenges that require persistence can develop endurance, proven character, and ultimately hope. It shows the value of a child’s faith. It reveals how in weakness eternal strength can be experienced. “Miracles From Heaven” presents insights about miracles on many levels. It is an inspiring, thought-provoking, not-to-be-missed movie.