DVD Review: Let God starring Jasmin Jandreau

Enjoyable Movie with a Very Talented Lead Actress

Let God DVDLet God
Directed by William Parker

Release Date: February 25, 2014
Format: DVD, 91 minutes
Starring: Jasmin Jandreau, Shannon Brown, Tommy Nash, Brianna Oppenheimer

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Awards and Accolades

Best Feature, Breckenridge Film Festival 2013

Best Actress, Breckenridge Film Festival 2013

Official Selection for 2013 Gideon Film Festival


About the Movie

With talk of gold in California in 1848, Amelia’s husband Levi gets gold fever. Though she thinks it’s a bad idea, Amelia ventures west with Levi, leaving friends and family behind. On the trail their wagon is attacked, leaving Amelia alone in the wild with little resources, fighting for survival.

My Review

Jasmin Jandreau is captivating in her portrayal of Amelia. A large portion of the film takes place without dialogue, and Jandreau has little to play against beyond the landscape. Still, she manages to come across as both innocent and independent, fragile and strong, fearful and brave. While the film immediately grabs your attention by placing you squarely into Amelia’s peril, it would have been nice to have had more opportunity to know Amelia as she was before her journey. This would have allowed us to see how she grows and changes, and ultimately, to care even more for her plight.Let-God-3

Tommy Nash appears only briefly as Levi. But his presence is disturbingly palpable. Levi is nothing short of mad with gold fever. I guess a man had to be a little crazy to risk everything on rumors of gold. But, again, a little context might have helped us understand Levi’s desperation. Instead, you get the feeling that he’s domineering, bordering on abusive. After his death, Amelia often looks at his picture lovingly and longingly, but without having seen a tender moment exchanged between the two, it’s hard to understand the weight of her loss.

Amelia’s battle for survival gains and sustains your attention throughout. Thematically, the film aims to illustrate how Amelia nearly loses her faith in God before rediscovering and strengthening it. When she buries Eli, the words of First Corinthians 13 fail to bring her comfort. And when she later prays, asking God for a sign, she feels abandoned. So, asking forgiveness, she buries her Bible. Eventually, circumstances help her to see that God never left her, He was always at her side. When Amelia discovers this, she makes a little speech professing that God isn’t just in the Bible or in church, He is everywhere. And nature, His Creation, she realizes, is the most beautiful church imaginable.

While these are valuable lessons, I wanted a bit more depth. I would have liked to see how Amelia was able to make the journey from losing belief to gaining a deeper faith and understanding.

All things considered, Let God will find favor with viewers looking for an inspirational story of a young woman overcoming great odds and trials through faith. And perhaps Let God will bring viewers assurance that, with trust in Him, their personal struggles are not insurmountable.

— Dawn Teresa

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Verdict

3.5 stars

3.5 of 5 Hearts. Enjoyable Movie with a Very Talented Lead Actress.

If you like historical films, and prefer simple, plain-clothes movies to high-budget, high-tech blockbusters, you’ll find something inspiring and uplifting in Let God.

Lead actress Jasmin Jandreau’s talented performance will leave a lasting impression.

*Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received the above DVD for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
 
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