Letters To God
Synopsis: Tyler Doherty is an extraordinary eight year old boy armed with strong faith and courage as he faces his daily battle against cancer. Surrounded by a loving family and community, Tyler's prayers take the form of letters he sends to his ultimate pen pal, God, on a daily basis. These letters find their way into the hands of Tyler's postman, Brady, who is at a crossroads in his life, searching for meaning. Brady at first is confused over what to do, but his decision ultimately is a testeament to the power of Tyler's shining spirit, bravery and grace. Inspired by a true story, Letters to God delivers a message of hope, faith and courage that others can apply to their own personal struggles regardelss of what they may face in their everyday lives.
Run Time: 144 Mins.
Director: David Nixon & Patrick Doughtie
Dvd Extra's: Commentary with director David Nixon and writer/co-director Patrick Doughtie, Behind the scenes featurette, Theatrical trailer, English subtitles.
Nudity Factor: None
Recommendations: 21 Grams
Trailer: Letters To God trailer
Yes this is a movie that is not normally reviewed by us. It does not have much action, any explosions, or high speed chases. So that means this movie has to stand on it own with acting and story. The story is about Tyler who has cancer. He has gone through treatments and is tired of being sick. He and his family just want to get back to a normal life, no more hospitals, no more laying in bed and no more being limited in what they can do. Tyler finds his strength in God and the letters he sends him. These letters are the basis for inspiration for all those around Tyler. The story itself is inspirational and sad. You follow Tyler as he just wants to go to school, play soccer and other thing a child of his age would do. The inspiration comes from Tyler who just always has a positive outlook on life and an undying love for God. The actors for the most part do a good job. Tanner Maquire as Tyler Doherty is spot on. You believe he really is sick yet see the inner strength in many of his actions and expressions. Overall it is a pretty decent movie. I do think they did a poor job in certain areas with the editing. There are several places were the audio and lips were not in perfect alignment. I also think that the film in places lacked polish and almost had an indy film feel. Despite that the film does warm a heart and leaves you thinking about how you would deal with something a devastating as what Tyler is facing