This past weekend I finally got the chance to see the new film "Tell the World" which tells the story of the Millerite movement and the birth of the Seventh-day Adventist church. Here are 3 quick thoughts about the film.
1) The movie was significantly better than I thought it would be. The cinematography was really well done as was the acting. This was the biggest surprise to me as I expected the acting to be atrocious. But it was actually really good! And the story was beautifully and accurately told. There were a few times in the film where I found myself crying, especially during the scenes of the great disappointment and the death of Ellen Whites sons. All in all, I really enjoyed the professionalism and quality of the entire project.
2) The story line was good, but could have been better. I felt that the first half of the movie was super interesting and the second half started to lose me a little bit. It wasn't bad at all, and still definitely fun to watch. But it felt as though the producers were trying to squeeze as much into the story as possible which kind of weakened the plot. The ending was also abrupt and a bit anti-climactic. I would have loved the film to have gone all the way to Ellen Whites final speech before the GC where she presented the Bible before the delegates and charged them to live by it. That would have been a really climactic and neat way to end the story. However, in order to pull that off the script writers would have had to skip some of the other developments of our history which they clearly wanted to get in there.
3) Overall, the film was fantastic. I ordered two copies so I could have one to own at home and one to lend out to anyone who was interested in our story. However, as a Millennial believer I do struggle to identify exactly what setting I would use this in. It certainly wont work as an evangelistic tool. The best I can see is it being a neat thing to hand out to someone who has just gotten baptized or who is thinking about baptism. But as an evangelistic/ outreach tool this will be, in my estimation, of no use with my postmodern/ millennial peers. For that audience I feel that a series like the Record Keeper, which the GC tanked, would have been much more effective. But I digress.
So there you have it! My thoughts on the film. I give it a 10 out of 10 in terms of quality, a 8 out of 10 in terms of plot, and a 5 out of 10 in evangelistic appeal. So if you haven't seen it, give it a watch and let me know what you think!