On Saturday, May 21, 2011, Teens For Christ hosted a viewing of “What If . . .” for the monthly TFC Rally. I thought I would share a couple of thoughts on the evening.
The film itself was very good. It was a project of Jerry Jenkins’ son and his name escapes me at the moment. The elder Jenkins co-wrote the “Left Behind” series.
From the production side of things, “What If . . .” was put together very well. Technically, I thought there were some sound and lighting issues that caught my attention but were not a total distraction. A couple of the scenes could have been shorter, but overall, it played well.
Kevin Sorbo of the “Hercules” franchise played the lead character well. He portrayed the self absorbed business type well. Watching him come to the understanding that there is more to this life than living and dying was played out properly.
John Ratzenburger who was the lovable know-it-all on “Cheers” was Michael the angel. The part fit him well and his dry humor and sucker punches gave the audience a comedic break.
Kristy Swanson, who played Buffy in the movie “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, did a good job as the dutiful, faithful ministry wife. After researching a bit about her past, it appears she has been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb in real life.
The two daughters did a good job. The eldest has been a part of the Disney franchise for several years. In the behind the scenes extras on the DVD, it appears that she has a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. The youngest had some of the best scenes in the movie even with the death of her beloved goldfish.
One moment in the film that I noticed the most was when Sorbo’s character has to visit an elderly man dying in the hospital. Not only are there some incredible one-liners, there are some incredible moments as the Gospel is clearly presented.
I would highly recommend this film to anyone. The easiest way is to contact Rich at: http://www.christiancinema.com/catalog/default.php to schedule a showing in your community.
Other highlights of the evening were the turnout of 120 or more people. I like to be honest on the numbers and 120 seems to be the conservative count for the night. We had quite a few new faces and a bunch of faithful folks to. Two students responded to the invitation with one being for salvation.