Monday, December 12, 2011
Have a Little Faith
They brought us such classics as The Magic of Ordinary Days, Dance with the White Dog, and Back When We Were Grownups. Joining that list is the recent broadcast of Mitch Albom’s Have a Little Faith. Thanks to a recent new agreement with NBC Television, Hallmark Hall of Fame can be seen not only on broadcast television but also on the Hallmark Channel. Have a Little Faith is the true story of Mitch Albom, a successful author and newspaper sports reporter from Detroit, Michigan.
The story revolves around Mitch Albom’s journey to reconnect with his Jewish heritage and faith. Albom is played by Bradley Whitford and is approached by his childhood Rabi, Albert Lewis (Martin Landau) at a book signing. His old Rabi asked Mitch to write and deliver his eulogy. It seems an odd request considering the fact that Mitch seems to be indifferent to faith. After some hesitation, he agrees to the request on the condition that he can do a series of interviews to better understand and get to know Rabi Lewis. The only problem is Rabi Lewis isn’t in any hurry to die. As time goes on, Mitch seems to be more open to the concept of God and His plan.
Henry makes good and becomes a pastor in Detroit’s inner city. His church, I Am My Brother’s Keeper, helps those at the lowest rungs of society—the homeless, drug dealers, drug addicts and ex-cons. The only problem is the church has no heat and a huge hole in the roof.
As I said, this is not the usual material Hallmark features. Have a Little Faith is gritty and offers a more realistic view of life than Hallmark normally portrays. The film is essentially a study of faith. In essence, it’s about how faith can change the world.
Have a Little Faith makes an excellent point that God does have a plan—if only we have the faith to believe. Have a Little Faith is acted beautifully by all parties, especially Martin Landau as Rabi Lewis. Hallmark does an excellent job finding talented artists who aren’t just looking for a paycheck but are looking for something they can put their hearts and souls into. The commitment to excellence is refreshing, and you will be inspired by the movie.
Publishers Weekly calls Albom’s book a masterpiece of hope. Oprah.com says it is the best nonfiction book of 2009. If you missed the movie, you can see it on dvd. Go to hallmark.com for details.