A film about dirt track racing… and forgiveness. Yes, that pretty much sums up Champion, a faith-based movie that was released in theaters and landed on DVDs across America some time ago. While it didn’t make a huge splash at the box office, Champion did manage to be a good film overall.
Champion may not be a champion in its category, but it’s certainly a contender. In fact, when you step back and look at the cast and crew of this project, it’s actually pretty impressive!
While the film has some very skilled actors, such as Andrew Cheney (Beyond the Mask) Robert Amaya (Mom’s Night Out), and Faith Renee Kennedy (Rectify), Champion is the first movie directed by Judd Brannon. Additionally, screenwriters Missy Reedy and Sarah Inabnit had never written a film screenplay before!
Like I said before, Champion is a good movie. It’s entertaining, and it has a powerful and important message: forgiveness. The characters are well-rounded and have many layers of emotional depth to them. The racing scenes are also quite good, especially in the scene where… wait, I don’t want to give it away!
While the screenplay is well done – the story is compelling – it’s also where the film falls short. Though there are many twists and turns, most of them are predictable. This inevitably takes away from the movie’s message of forgiveness. Also, the humorous scenes with Robert Amaya are far too subtle. Movies like Mom’s Night Out and Unlimited really utilize the rich personality of Amaya, and Champion simply couldn’t capture it.
I do recommend watching Champion! It is reminiscent of the famed Kendrick Brothers films and presents the message of forgiveness and the Gospel in a unique and artistic way.
What do you think? If you’ve watched Champion, please let me know your thoughts in the comments section below!