The Lost Medallion: The AdventStoneures of Billy Reviews
A man swings by a foster home to drop off some donations and discovers the weekly storyteller called out sick. He notices a lot of children that feel sorry for themselves and decides to fill in this week for the storyteller. He tells the tale of three children that resemble kids at the orphanage and takes them on an adventure with a lost medallion that will hopefully turn some kid's lives around.
"I'm an idiot."
"That's the first correct thing you've said all day."
Bill Muir delivers The Medallion: the Adventures of Billy Stone in his directorial debut. The storyline for this picture is just okay and not as action packed as other films in this genre. The story within the story was below average as well. The acting was okay and the cast includes Billy Unger, Sammi Hanratty, James Hong, Alex Kendrick, Jansen Panettiere, and William Corkery.
"Do you think God ever makes people by accident?"
I found this on Netflix and decided to give it a shot as a fun family film. This was a bit disappointing. I did like the overall story, but the main film was a bit bland. Overall, this is worth a viewing once with the family, but only if there isn't something better available.
"Some of us learn faster than others."
The set-up scenes of the film were a little nauseating. A handyman gets roped into telling a story to a group of foster kids who are desperate for something to believe in. Predictably, the main characters of this "spontaneous" tale are based upon the kids in the room in order to teach them all some vital life lesson.
Once the actual story began in earnest, it was a bit more intriguing. It was great to share a fantasy adventure with the kids; and I am always on the lookout for live-action, family-oriented films. There were moments when I thought it was actually an okay movie, but many more times when I silently brooded on its pervasive amateur quality.
The girls seemed to enjoy the story just as much the second time around. I'm sure I would have championed it at their age as well. I kindly kept my opinions to myself.
Although this is not one of those films that adults enjoy as much as kids, it is a film with a lasting message of humility, compassion, and self confidence especially in the eyes of God.
Finally, if you are not religious, but are open enough not to cringe when you hear the word God, this movie is not as blatant in it's use of religion as a the basis to do good compared to other faith based films so if you are looking for a clean and ethically conscious film look no further.