Part 3 of "Danielle McDonald proves to the haters that she can do stuff" (after Patti Cakes$ and Dumplin') is the weakest in the series.
Most of the screenplay--dialogue, characterization, et cetera--is pretty bad, with the exception of Stu himself. Also, the Marian apparition was a joke. If you're going full-mystical then make it as glorious and trippy as they're usually described! Still, it's got heart and deserves recognition for not glazing over the parts of a journey to faith that usually gets artificially sanitized....which of course they undercut by releasing a PG-13 version with a lot of language cut out. You gotta laugh.
As a child, I dreamt of superheroes.
Greek mythology was my first exposure to the fantastic. I devoured these stories and anything like them. Here was something that touched me on both a visceral and intellectual level that nothing had in my young life. Folklore and myths from all over the world augmented this wonder, and it was quite natural for me to link these modes of storytelling to the superheroes I visited through Saturday morning cartoons (and later comic…