“I can only imagine” is a low budget Catholic film that has crossed borders and amassed more than 80 million dollars thanks to a message of faith and hope.
No one expected that I Can Only Imagine , a film by and for Catholics, could become the mass success, without palliative, in which the film became.
With a budget of seven million dollars and an extremely small distribution of less than three thousand rooms throughout the United States, I Can Only Imagine managed to raise more than 17 million dollars in its first weekend. And at this point, the film is flirting with the hundred million. The reason?
From the outset, something that not all Christian films usually achieve, beyond borders beyond the religious, seducing spectators from half the world regardless of religion or creed.
The film is directed by the brothers Andrew and Jon Erwin, two openly Catholic directors and producers who have their films, always with a strong spiritual or directly Christian content, like Woodlawn (2015).
In addition, its creators include producers such as Mission Pictures International , specializing in religious film, Kevin Downes, a producer specializing in Christian film, etc …
I mean, it’s a movie made for us , between us . In fact, I Can Only Imagine is inspired by a song that surpassed all the borders of the religious, placing itself among the first positions of folk and pop music.
I Can Only Imagine was first performed by Bart Millard and his Christian band The MercyMe in 1999 although it would not become world famous until 2001.
The song was inspired by the death of Millard’s father and what heaven would be like to have Christ before he died.
As we have said, the song dynamited the most optimistic forecasts, for the same reason that the film has left more than one mouth open, for going beyond frontiers of ideology, faith, creed or religion.
I’m not a musicologist and I do not know if I Can Only Imagine is a good or bad song, I just know it’s nice to listen.
And something similar happens with I Can Only Imagine , which is nice to see , regardless of what one creates.
In fact, the film has been made from such a Christian environment for such a Catholic audience that nobody saw the need to emphasize it and maybe because of this I Can Only Imagine also stands out above other similar films.
There is not, in the Erwin brothers’ movie, the slightest intention of convincing anyone or showing anything. Simply things are taken for granted and it is from there where we begin to think.
Because of this, the Catholic elements are perfectly integrated so that they do not squeal or are forced, but at the same time, those who do not feel an initial attraction for this type of production, it is also very easy for them to feel excited by a story that finally At the end it is about a father and a son.
For the rest, it is true that I Can Only Imagine is not a masterpiece, it is also true that it throws a little easy tear (have the clínex at hand) and being honest, everything seems too clean, too sweetened, too beautiful, like to be part of a real world.
That said, I Can Only Imagine is a perfect movie to watch as a family, whether they are Catholic or not, because above all, as we have said above, the film is first and foremost a story about a father and a son and also, about forgiveness .