Review: I Can Only Imagine succeeds Christian movie standards

Maya Couch

The heartwarming Christian story that is I Can Only Imagine came out in theaters on Fri., Mar. 16. With already making $58.3 million dollars in the box office and having a 94% score on Rotten Tomatoes, I knew I had to see it.

The movie is about how the band Mercy Me was able to write their hit song “I Can Only Imagine”. The main character in the film is Bart Millard, portrayed by J. Michael Finley, who is the lead singer and songwriter of the band. The story is about his journey through life and how he was able to write “I Can Only Imagine”. The movie takes place in 1980s Texas, which is very evident in the furniture and technology used throughout the movie.

As I said before, this is a Christian movie, and I know that not everyone has Christian views. However, the piece explores more things than just Christianity; it explores deeper topics and other events that one can relate to. From watching the movie, the topic about God only comes up a couple of times. I Can Only Imagine focuses more on forgiveness, a quality that most people have or try to work on. And according to Greater Good Magazine, “Forgiveness has proved beneficial to a range of relationships, whether it’s a family, romantic, or professional relationship”.

Compared to other Christian movies, I Can Only Imagine is by far succeeding. One of the more widely known Christian movies, God’s Not Dead, only has a 74% score on Rotten Tomatoes. I feel one of the bigger reasons this is true is because it is a more relatable movie than other movies that also mention God. The movie shows struggles and how hard it is to walk with God.

I Can Only Imagine is the perfect movie for a good cry. Although it has its funny moments, the movie really touches the heart and gives a sense of relief after watching. It is a great way to take the stress off your shoulders and relate to struggles that appear throughout. Through the movie one can find forgiveness, but that’s something we can all imagine.