Review of the film The Miracle of Father Stu, released in theaters on May 13 and featuring performances by Mark Wahlberg and Mel Gibson. Based on a true story, the film shows the redemption of boxer Stuart Long who, after an injury, moves to Los Angeles with the purpose of becoming an actor, but ends up finding his vocation in the Catholic religion.
Stuart Long is a renowned boxer who is forced to abandon his career due to injury and decides to move to Los Angeles with the goal of becoming an actor. Once there, working in a supermarket, he meets Carmen, a Catholic Sunday school teacher with whom he falls in love. With the help of Carmen and a revelation of faith after a motorcycle accident, Stu He decides to change his life and become a priest, despite the prejudice of his parents and the Catholic community.
Review of the movie The Miracle of Father Stu
The Miracle of Father Stu It is the first cinematographic work of rosalind ross, who is in charge of both the script and the direction of the tape. It features the leading performance of Mark Wahlbergprobably the best thing about the movie, and supporting performances by Mel Gibson Y jackie weaver.
A story of overcoming
The movie The Miracle of Father Stu It is based on the protagonist’s journey to find a way to regain control of his life and leave behind all the things that tormented him in the past, such as the death of his brother or the absence of his father. The script moves well within the individual conflicts of the protagonist (although not in a spectacular way), but it fails in the development of relationships with the rest of the characters, especially in relation to his father and with Carmenyour romantic interest.
too many conflicts
This lack of complexity in the secondary characters makes the viewer feel that the film tries to cover too many things and that it fails to develop any of them in depth. In the end, the proposal seems to be made up of a set of conflicts linked together without much explanation.
Balancing with religion
Besides, the movie The Miracle of Father Stu juggles to talk about the Christian religion and faith without falling into conventions, trying to surprise both the most religious and the most atheist. Despite its efforts and its touches of adult humor, the film fails to maintain that balance and at times gives the impression of being propaganda for the Catholic Church, based on a speech of overcoming (no matter how hard your life is, you must be grateful) that in the year 2022 not everyone believes anymore.
a stretched ending
rosalind ross, at the end of the film, tries to close all the plots of the characters in a very hasty way, creating several moments that give the impression of being the end of the film, but never are. In this way, the last minutes stretch until they become endless.
Final opinion of the movie The Miracle of Father Stu
The movie The Miracle of Father Stu It is a very weak debut on the part of rosalind ross, which fails to fill it with emotion and ends up being a forgettable product. It has a very solid lead performance by Mark Wahlberg, but, like the script, lacking in emotion or soul. Despite this, it is a fresh work within the framework of religious themes due to its points of humor.
Premiere and technical sheet
Original Title: Father Stu
Gender: Religion, Drama, Biography
Official Site: The Miracle of Father Stu
Release date in Spain: May 13, 2022 in theaters
Producer: Palm Drive Productions, CJ Entertainment
Distributor: Sony Pictures
Duration: 124 minutes
Age rating: Not recommended for children under 12 years of age
Direction: rosalind ross
Film script: rosalind ross
Music: Dickon Hinchliffe
Photography: Jacques Jouffret
Distribution: Mark Wahlberg, Mel Gibson, Jacki Weaver, Teresa Ruiz, Annet Mahendru, Winter Ave Zoli, Ronnie Gene Blevins, Alain Uy, Ned Bellamy, Niko Nicotera, Malcolm McDowell, Carlos Leal, Mathew Trent Hunnicutt
The Miracle of Father Stu is a very weak debut despite its attempt to bring freshness to the subject it deals with, it fails to develop its plots well and ends up becoming unnecessarily heavy and long.
Good interpretations in general, although with exceptions.
His touches of comedy are fresh in a movie about religion.
A poorly developed script with little soul.
A poor address that falls into the conventions of the genre.