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Monday, April 16, 2012

Blue Like Jazz

Blue Like Jazz

Blue Like Jazz is a beloved book that spent 43 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and sold over 1.5 million copies.

It’s one man’s story about the complexities of living out your faith. For our character Don (and likely to many viewers), the college years ignite opportunities to re-examine both faith and purpose.

But taking this earnest story to cinema resulted in an indie movie with a lot of heart and a lot of missteps: stereotypes, hit-you-over-the-head storytelling, uneven acting and even some awkward creative choices utilizing  —  I’m not kidding — digital cartoon animals.

Traditional Hollywood hasn’t been graceful to faith-based stories. Unfortunately, neither is this.

Simply put:  I wasn’t jazzed how this personal story comes across on screen but it might lead to some strong discussions — or lead viewers to the book.

Award potential:

The ten buck review: Not worth ten bucks and two hours. Grab the book instead.

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