Simon Birch is definitely worth seeing. It manages to entertain while dealing with the uncomfortable concept of faith.The film 'Simon Birch' questions religion, and faith. It questions our place in the universe. It questions how a loving God can inflict so much pain on both the faithful and the faithless in equal measure. But in doing this, it actually INSPIRES faith. That's the greatest accomplishment of this film.
Throughout my own youth, I was looked upon as some type of minor devil whenever I asked questions about God:
Why does He do these things?
How can He care about us, and yet inflict upon us famine, floods, and John Leguizamo films?
Generally speaking, organized religion seems to believe that the simple asking of a question is not only a sign of weakened faith, but a sin in itself.
But isn't blind faith inherently dishonest? We deny the questions we have honestly formed in our hearts. If we don't ask these uncomfortable questions when we honestly want to know, then we don't do justice to the minds He gave us.
This film shows people for whom faith is subject to scrutiny, and testing. And out of this comes true faith.
Simon Birch supplies no great surprises - ten minutes in and you've already been told nearly all that will happen. The dialog is not particularly sharp…the acting is fairly good throughout, but there are no unforgettable performances.
Where this film shines is in moments - simple discussions between friends, beautiful scenery as the setting for human sorrow. Very little of the emotion seems forced - there is very little of the obvious tugging of heart strings that is seen in other films. Though some of the more humorous sequences seemed a bit over-the-top, the sorrow was done subtly and honestly.
In the end, I came to care for these people - not because of events, but because I was familiar with the questions they were asking of the world.I didn't cry...honest!!! Don't look at me!!!!