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Mormon movies are a burgeoning industry in Utah, and despite the niche audience and low budgets, some of them hold their own with Hollywood in terms of storytelling and entertainment value. The Book of Mormon Movie, however, isn't one of them.
With a little more publicity, word of this sturdy little adaptation of LDS scripture might have reached a bigger audience.
On a shoestring budget of $2 million dollars the production looks amateurish in every detail from the inauthentic costumes to the sparse sets to the camera work that rarely reveals anything other than close-ups.
Those who hold LDS religious beliefs dear will find moments of meaning and palpable sincerity. But good intentions alone do not constitute a worthy film.
A plodding, repetitive, ham-fisted attempt to create a Ten Commandments-style epic without the resources or bravado required to pull it off.
It's so slowly paced, so flat-footed that it fails to engage on any level. Even for all but the most eager-to-please of audiences.
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