Believer. Preacher. Heretic.
Evangelist Carlton Pearson is ostracized by his church for preaching that there is no Hell.
Evangelist Carlton Pearson is ostracized by his church for preaching that there is no Hell.
Chiwetel Ejiofor Martin Sheen Danny Glover Condola Rashad Jason Segel Lakeith Stanfield Joni Bovill Tracey Bonner Selena Anduze Tonea Stewart Andrew Masset Ric Reitz Roxzane T. Mims Greg Lutz Michael Cotter Dustin Lewis Stacey Sargeant Clark Harris Nic Starr Trayce Malachi Jason E. Brooks Beverly Bowens Cecil M. Henry A.J. Johnson Brian Kayode-Patrick Johnson
Matthew 4:16: “The people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.” That Bible passage was written about Jesus Christ’s return from Galilee after the arrest of John the Baptist, but it could just as easily have preordained the glory of Jesus Christ’s return to movie screens after the pre-Easter rash of faith-based faff like “I Can Only Imagine” and “God’s Not Dead: Light in Darkness.”
Now that the lord hath risen, the quality of movies about him is set to rise as well. While Paul Schrader’s transcendent “First Reformed” is still waiting in the wings, “Maria Full of Grace” director Joshua Marston’s safe but…
I saw an advance screening of Come Sunday with a wonderful Q&A.
The film provided a unique perspective on a revelation Carlton Pearson had from God. A lot of people acted unfriendly to him, but he stood his ground. I am still mulling it over, but it does provide a lot of food for thought. It focused on God's love and the hate sometimes supposed Christians will spew, even though they are supposed to reflect God's love. They will wish harm and suffering on people. Yikes. I have seen a lot of different types of people in and outside of this church and this movie portrayed them all realistically.
Joshua Marston does a fine job. I'd say it was better…
"Where are you?"
Pretty sure this is gonna be one of those movies that I really connect with but most of y'all end up thinking is just okay, but with that said, I think there's some fantastic stuff here. The religious conflict feels so intense without becoming melodramatic, and that conflict of faith is exacerbated when it's happening to a man who's family, friends, and career are all based in his beliefs. The primary question here is how can we acknowledge the contradictions of religious texts while still accepting their truth, but Come Sunday doesn't try and force an answer onto its audience. As with all religious films, it's thematically vast, but the story itself feels so personal, which allowed me…
Competently made and well acted especially by Ejiofor, but "Come Sunday" sadly failed to get me invested in the story and characters which made the overall movie feel a bit dull. Not a bad movie but one I just couldn't get into and wanted to like a whole lot more.
A film meant to show that Evangelical Christians are wrong about salvation and the nature of God but inadequately addresses the deeper questions it attempts to point out.
Human pride, arrogance and wisdom are on full display in this journey "through the valley of heresy to the promised land of inclusive relativistic faith."
The issues of suicide, same sex attraction, lack of inner transformation in "long-time followers," and a deep burden for people are acknowledged and highlighted as justification for the change in Carlton Pearson from Biblical Christianity to universalism that emphasizes expanded consciousness, radically inclusive love and Self-Actualization. In other words he wants God's Kingdom on earth but no King Jesus.
As a film, it felt like a mediocre "christian made" evangelistic film technically. The protagonist was made out to journey from flawed to flawless but had no story depth to validate the transformation. It felt like propaganda more than a journey story.
The recent kerfuffle over Pope Francis allegedly stating that there is no hell highlights the ongoing relevance of this film's themes, in theological terms, as the issues it deals with aren't at all buried--this is one of those rare films that hits a sweet spot for a number of my interests, but I imagine a lot of people being skeptical based on the plot summary--it DOES feel somewhat of a slog for the first twenty minutes or so, like a TV movie (Marston's camera is kind of self-consciously unobtrusive for most of the film, a gambit that pays off when Ejiofor has a crisis scene late in the film and the camera actually starts reflecting emotions) but as soon as Ejiofor starts preaching, the film goes electric.
He's that good.
Definitely more entertaining than actually going to church. I enjoyed this because it's not often a religious film comes out that points out the flaws and contradictions in the Bible. Even going as far as to show how ignorant it is to believe that an all loving benevolent god would send anyone to hell to burn for eternity just because that individual doesn't worship Jesus and dedicate their whole lives to him and his cause.
Any religion with a dogma is typically something I try to avoid. I'm more tuned to the spiritual. I believe in reincarnation. Personally I think that if hell exists we are already there. It's the physical material realm. That's why we die. That's why…
"If God loves us unconditionally, does it mean that we have to too? Is that why we are so afraid?"
Wonderful little indie gem combining everyday drama with questions of faith thus creating an intimate portrait that appeals to larger audience than just religious one. But most of all it is a film about faith and love and there is nothing wrong with that. Also, cast is wonderful; Ejiofor needs more big roles.
Elevated by its strong performances--particularly Ejiofor, who literally shines here--the film honors the complex theological, ministerial, and relational conundrums it presents. I also found the Segal/Ejiofor friendship far more affecting than I anticipated. While it does ultimately lionize Pearson and his message, it also doesn't shy away from his underlying faults, particularly his self-reliance and arrogance (e.g. he literally baptizes himself). What the film doesn't dive into--and probably for good reason--are the historical and hermeneutical perspectives surrounding the Christian doctrine of hell, perspectives which are more diverse and complex than the dichotomy presented in the film: a) a literal, eternal conscious torment for any non-evangelical Christian because God punishes sinners, or b) universal salvation for all, because there is no hell and Jesus loves everybody. Theology matters.
This was the film that I expected, formula wise. Chiwetel Ejiofor was excellent as usual as Carlton Pearson, an Oklahoma pastor who evangelic rise comes to a firm halt after he questions the existence of hell as an afterlife destination.
There isn’t much room for deviation when portraying real-life events, and this film sticks to the script, although that becomes tougher for Pearson to do as he begins to look outside himself and his congregation and question the final resting place of the millions of human beings whose lives are wiped out by famine, war, or other disasters, whether they be caused by man or nature. Should a young child be subjected to damnation before they have the ability to…
Chiwetel Ejiofor is fucking outstanding in this. The scene when he breaks down crying after losing his church is truly heartbreaking. This deserves more attention than it's getting. Very powerful and engaging story. Also Jason Segel plz do more of the acting
Boring Work, Good Movie Entry #XXXVII:
The hypocrisies of the Church
I'm not religious. Like not at all.
Still, I can understand where Bishop Pearson comes from.
Finally a Man, who wants to banish the whole sinner bullshit, preached by the puritanical Evangelists and says that God has to be more just than a simple human being, which is a pretty good damn point, if your not only fear mongering the poor and rob them of their last cent.
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There's a lot to process from this one.
Both from a film and a religion standpoint.
Uneven and/or unfocused, it tried to be too balanced without enough time. With more time it could have fleshed out relationships and subplots at the risk of excess, but if it streamlined any more it would have completely dismissed important characters. It nevertheless gave me a lot to chew on because I'm interested in the cultural and ideological ideas behind it.
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i probably wouldn’t watch it again and i found it boring sometimes,, but there were some scenes that were just too good for me to give the film a lower rating!
Come Sunday is Chiwetel Ejiofor's movie. His performance is pure excellence. At times, the pacing feels like an endurance of patience but hang in for Chiwetel, a strong supporting cast, & an engrossing story. I wish LaKeith Stanfield was given more to do as he was wasted in this role.
I was surprised by the story. The radical Christian ideology prevalent in some American states is unsettling. I found it interesting (read: appalling) that Bishop Clarence was primarily responsible for the church's success but it was the white gatekeepers who wielded all the power.
Chiwetel Ejiofor is 200% a leading man. The fact that Hollywood's white gatekeepers continue to sleep on this is true crimes. I'll only be satisfied when he is crowned the next James Bond.
The Christian jargon often comes off as a little wooden; maybe it's because a lot of it feels like it would've had to be indoctrinated (Carl's reasoning at the heresy trial spoke well to this), but the more progressive theology is a bit ham-fisted too. Ejiofor is excellent though, as an imperfect man wrestling with tradition, conviction, and consequences, and along with beautiful cinematography and a solid score this makes for a number of powerful scenes that overshadow most kinks in the script.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
De maneira insípida, Joshua Marston nos entrega uma cinebiografia acerca do bispo Carlton Pearson, um dos mais destacados pastores pentecostais norte-americanos nos anos 1990, cuja trajetória de vida foi radicalmente alterada a partir de uma crise de fé acerca da natureza da salvação humana. Pearson, interpretado com segurança pelo ator Chiwetel Ejiofor, até então lotava templos durante os cultos realizados na cidade de Tulsa, Oklahoma, e em outros locais do país, os quais sempre (re)uniam negros e brancos em adoração a Deus. Por ser negro e originário de uma cidade historicamente marcada pelo racismo virulento, tais feitos desse reverendo à frente de seu ministério eram ainda mais notáveis. Tudo começou a mudar quando, após assistir a uma reportagem sobre o…
As an agnostic I am not as invested in the material presented here as perhaps a Christian might be.
With this caveat in mind I found the film to be an intelligent reflection on faith and the impact of one man's crisis on the church community. An excellent central performance and solid supporting cast; characters were perhaps not as fleshed out as they might have been.
I notice that Carlton Pearson was a consultant on the film, so that will have a bearing on the portrayal of events. One might accuse the film of being secular liberal wish fulfilment. I'm ok with that. Stick around for the final sermon; there might be tears.
The messege is nice
"Perché ci spaventa così tanto amarci l'uno con l'altro incondizionatamente ?!".
A caminho da fé foi um filme que me surpreendeu. Não esperava nada ,coloquei para passar o tempo. Um começo bem genérico, mas com o andar do filme é bem interessante, acho muito bacana a direção do Joshua Marston, como ele usa o desfoque, uma câmera na mão bem utilizada, além de umas sequências bem cativantes. Um roteiro que apesar de apelar as vezes para o comum, traz temas muito interessantes, trabalhados de forma que cada um tenho seu espaço, embora peque em alguns detalhes. A arte do filme como de praxe, bem feita, não atrapalha, mas não destaca-se. Gostei muito do filme que traz boas reflexões. Destaque de uma cena do personagem benzendo-se no rio, umas das melhores cenas do filme.
As someone who is interested in the different views of hell, I thought this would be a good movie to check out.
Unfortunatelly this movie didn't really work for me. All the things that I was interested in was not to be found. It was annoying how the pastor changed his mind about his vision of hell but just kept saying about how God told him so without all too much scriptural support. And when the movie finally goes into more detail about his vision of hell, they just skip it once it gets interesting. I'd like the movie to show us his debate with the church fathers. I also wondered why he didn't explore the middleground (annihiliation) of the…
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