The Shack (12) DVD… wow what a powerful adaptation of a book I know very well. I was pleased to see that Lionsgate did not take the very powerful faith element out of the film. As the credits rolled at the end, I noticed that Wayne Jacobsen had had a large part in making the film, so no wonder it was brilliant, as I think he is a great author.
The film definitely needs to be watched with tissues, as your emotions will take a roller coaster ride.
The acting was awesome. The viewer really felt both the sadness and the joy in the film. Octavia Spencer was perfect in the starring role… a benevolent Papa who longed to love His children. Her charisma leapt off the screen. Aviv Alush as Jesus played the part with compassion and empathy. Sam Worthington as Mack was incredible, the viewer really ‘felt’ his great sadness. He wore his heart on his sleeve.
As a Christian, I recognised the scriptures in the film and they just went straight to my heart. I was really impacted when Mack met the three main characters for the first time and he asked “Who is God?” To be met with the answer “I Am” from all three. That was so powerful.
The colourful scenes at the shack contrasted with everyday life in more muted tones. It was a joy to behold.
I really loved The Shack. It spoke to my heart and I thought the adaptation was even better than I had hoped for. I am now intending to read the book (again).
A perfectly wonderful and powerful couple of hours viewing.