My sister and I watched this movie while on vacation. She has a big screen TV (well, big to me) and so it was more like watching it in the theater. We had both read the book so sort of knew what to expect. By the way, if you have the chance, please read the book. As in most cases it is 100 times better than the movie. It is able to go more in depth with the relationships between the characters and the actual events in the hospital.
The one thing I didn't like in the movie was the father's and the congregation's attitude toward this experience the son had had. It wasn't like that at all. And the father (pastor) seemed to be preaching a feel good gospel which is not how I read it in the book. Maybe I'm wrong?
In any case, it was a wonderful movie. Very close to the story. I like it when the story isn't changed into something totally unrecognizable. The message is good. Heaven IS for real. I don't know how anyone can doubt it. After reading the book and watching the movie I'm more anxious than ever to go there. I know -- all in God's good timing.
I am so glad that I saw it. Joe has not seen it yet, so I will probably get it out of the library again and watch it with him. I highly recommend it for everyone. If nothing else, it will get you thinking.
P.S. Be sure to have those tissues handy.