I love keeping up with all the latest faith-based films, checking out their websites, watching their trailers, following them on Facebook, then finally watching the completed movies. The only problem is that so many films don’t live up to their hype. The trailers may look good, other reviewers may even like them, but then I watch, and I’m disappointed. They’re usually ok, but not great. Or else they’re watered down or have a weak worldview. Or they’re dark and depressing or way too gritty for my personal taste. I’m so excited, however, when a movie not only lives up to its reputation, but even exceeds my expectations. Such is the case with Love Covers All.
On the eve of his baby’s due date, Michael, a new father to be, gets stranded out of state with his wife in labor back home! In a panic with the birth drawing near, Michael seeks help from an old gas station owner named Bob, a mysterious man with a past who puts Michael’s faith to the test in a way he’ll never forget.
At a time when filmmakers are whipping out feature length scripts in a matter of weeks, then spending the same amount of time to film and edit, Kyle Prohaska demonstrates the difference time and effort can make in a finished product. The script is an inspiration with it’s perfect blend of dramatic action and dialogue, plot points at just the right spots, and twists and turns that are reasonable but not necessarily expected. It includes a solid Christian message and yet is in no way preachy. It’s a powerful drama that had me constantly on edge until the end when I started bawling.
They say that the measure of a good script is if the audience is engaged and has an emotional reaction. Love Covers All definitely met that criteria for me. My heart broke for Michael when he lost his job and when he struggled to get back home to Sarah, his wife. I also felt for Sarah, Michael’s parents, and Bob, the gas station owner.
Love Covers All has a great cast of familiar actors as well as a few new faces. Jared Young does a stellar performance as Michael, the young father-to-be. I also liked Rhoda Griffis as Judy, Michael’s mom. My favorite character/actor was Rusty Whitener as Bob. One minute he’s creepy, then curious, then kind, then confused and angry, all equally believable. The dynamics and chemistry between all of the characters was great. I felt like these people really could be family.
I love that while the film is definitely dramatic, it’s not gritty, dark, or depressing. I love that it’s not preaching a sermon; it’s telling a story. Yet, the story speaks to the audience in a way that a sermon never could. It reminds me a lot of Taken By Grace, another favorite film. It can be appreciated equally by Christians and secular audiences alike. I can see it as a great conversation starter for families who are estranged and struggling to rebuild their relationships.
Love Covers All is a powerful story that is sure to reach the hearts of all who watch it. The release date is Oct. 7, but you can order it early from the official website. Be sure to get your copy today. You’ll be glad you did!