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What If… is the best movie Kevin Sorbo has ever done!

Our great friend Rhonda from Georgia provided us with another fantastic Kevin film review. She covered What If…, directed by Dallas Jenkins and produced by Jenkins Entertainment. She had nothing but glowing words to tell. Thanks, Rhonda!

Let me begin with a bit of Sorbo history: Back in 2007, Kevin did a movie for Hallmark called, Avenging Angel. At that time, I said it was the best he had ever done.

Well, I was wrong; that honor now goes to What If…, a heart-warming movie that tells the story of a man getting a second chance at the life he left behind. Ben Walker (Sorbo) left his college sweetheart for a job in the city. He only planned to be gone eight months, a year at the most, then he and Wendy (Kristy Swanson) would begin a life in the ministry.

Fifteen years later, that was the furthest thing from his mind. He was now a wealthy executive with a trophy girlfriend. He really thought he had it made, but God had other ideas.

Enter Mike, a smart-alec angel wonderfully played by John Ratzenberger in the form of a tow truck driver. Thanks to this angel, Ben finds himself in an alternate reality where he and Wendy are married with two daughters, one of them a somewhat rebellious teenager.

At first Ben wants nothing to do with this life, but, Mike tells him he has to accept it in order to return to his old life. His first sermon as the new pastor of the neighborhood church is a disaster, and Wendy wonders what has happened to her husband. Ben learns some important lessons about himself and the choices he’s made in his life. I won’t give away what happens except to say that there are many funny and touching moments throughout this movie.

As you may already know, Kevin was honored with the Grace Award for the “Most Inspiring Performance in Movies for 2010” at the Movieguide Awards (in February, 2011). I must say that after watching the movie, the award was very much deserved. Kevin has always had a passion for his work, and it truly showed through in his role as Ben Walker.

He shared in a (later) interview with “Guideposts” that the overall theme of What If… is second chances and redemption, and I totally agree with that. I think all of us have a “what if” moment, as Kevin calls it. How it affects us depends on how we handle it, and as you will see when you watch the movie, Ben learned how to handle his in a most surprising way.

I wholeheartedly recommend watching this movie. You will not be disappointed in any way, and it will give you pause to think about the choices you’ve made in your life. I know it has done that for me.

(Photos courtesy of Kevin Sorbo; Video courtesy of PureFlix)

Look for What If… on amazon.com TODAY! http://tinyurl.com/3cujjnw

  1. teresa
    April 21, 2011 at 3:16 am

    Kevin is an actor, person, husband and father.
    I wish you all the best in this life.
    never dare to thank God enough for giving me the opportunity to meet and enjoy their friendship.
    the movie is great.

  2. Sid
    April 21, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    It is a spoil alert 🙂

  3. Rhonda
    April 21, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    Thanks,Jan,for posting my review-glad you liked it! Hope everyone else who reads it likes it,too!

  4. Vicky Adkins
    April 21, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    I finally got to see “What If” , it was great. I love everything Kevin plays in , but this was a good family movie. thanks for making it…..Kevin is such a sweet , warm friendly man, and down to earth. He is not phony, and he speaks his mind with love and caring. I really love you Kevin, your number one in my book.

  5. Paul Stebbins
    April 21, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    I use to be a security guard at the guard house , where Kevin Sorbo lived at Seven Hills development , in Las Vegas. He and his wife Sam , would always stop at the guards door , to say hi , as they entered the gated community. Several other celebrities lived inside but were very unfriendly , whenever they wanted or needed something.Mr. and Mrs. Sorbo are the type of people that all people should aspire to be.

    • teresa
      April 22, 2011 at 2:28 pm

      I totally agree with you Mr. Stebbins, many people should learn from the marriage Sorbo:)

  6. Anne
    June 22, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    I (gently) beg to differ with Rhonda’s pronouncement that Kevin’s role in “What If…” is better than his role in “Avenging Angel,” for a simple reason. The two films in question are totally different: a period Western (shown on TV) and a modern-day, faith-based family dramedy (released theatrically).

    The Preacher in “Avenging Angel” was a much darker character than Ben Walker in “What If…”, although both had heroic qualities. The Preacher saw plenty of violence in the (US) Civil War before becoming a minister, only to see his family get murdered in his church. Ben Walker only suffered the loss of a broken relationship times two… walking away from Wendy and God. While both men did turn their backs on God (the Preacher becoming a bounty hunter, Ben as an investment banker), both made the journey back under different circumstances.

    The women in both productions are also completely different: Maggie (“Avenging Angel”) was a former “saloon girl,” raising a daughter, while Wendy (“What If…”) was a woman of faith who was probably doing missionary work while Ben was climbed the corporate ladder.

    Just as “Avenging Angel” should not be compared to “What If…” because they’re completely different films, I don’t feel that Ben Walker or the Preacher is a better role than the other: both are equally Kevin’s best post-“Andromeda” roles to date.

    These comments are just my opinions, of course. Both “Avenging Angel” and “What If…” are wonderful films and should stand on their own merits. 🙂

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