The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio Reviews
Now, the mediocre part of this movie- it really offers nothing new at all and is very forgettable, and feels dull and bland. It lacks real drama and emotion, despite the fact that some parts of the movie were fairly powerful. It's a schmaltzy, formulaic movie with a very predictable ending. It's an interesting story, but hits too many sentimental and repetitive bumps along the way, and progressively gets worse until the ending. The ending is where the movie almost dismantles completely because it just felt terribly structured and was way too foreseeable. I could see why people would like this movie- however, it failed to resonate with me. I realize that the story in this movie is actually a true one, which is great for Evelyn Ryan and her family, but I don't think that it conveyed enough power to make me really care about the struggles that the Evelyn Ryan in this movie was facing. It's not any of the actors fault- rather, its the scripts fault. As I said, this movie does have its moments of great emotion, such as a few scenes involving Kelly and Evelyn. However, the mediocre outweighs the good here, which is unfortunate because this movie had lots of potential. Overall, its not terrible by any means, but it failed to resonate with me, and wasn't a very memorable film either. I would give this movie a try, still, because perhaps you can find some emotion in what I thought was a movie that lacked enough substance.