Releasing the weekend of Easter is coincidental for this Amazon Prime streaming flick. Featuring a recognizable cast along with new faces, this is an inspirational film that’s loosely inspired by a true story.
On a Wing and a Prayer (2023) Film Review
Trying to find fun hobbies is something Doug White (Dennis Quaid) pursues. His latest is pilot of a small cessna plane. Trouble is, he’s no good and that, says his brother, should tell him something. What they do pursue is BBQ competition which is a White family affair. This includes the brisket he and his brother cook, his wife Terri (Heather Graham) makes the sauce and youngest daughter Bailey (Abbey Rhyne) operates as the ultimate cheerleader. Eldest daughter Maggie (Jessi Case) however is more than a little over her entire family. This soon becomes the least of their worries because life is about to challenge them…
After a tragedy that forces the White family to reevaluate their life and faith, things go from sorrow to fear when the flight the White family is on encounters a bleak possibility.✈️☁️‘ON A WING AND A PRAYER’: AN INSPIRATIONAL TRUE STORY ABOUT FAITH AND FAMILY☁️✈️ REVIEW OF THE 2023 #AMAZONPRIME MOVIE WITH #DENNISQUAID. #JESSEMETCALF #MOVIES #CHESSIES #GOODMOVIES #INSPIRATIONAL Click To Tweet
It’s rare today to discover a film that’s one of those feel good movies that’s also inspirational. Based on a true story, On a Wing and a Prayer is one of the movies likely underrated and to most, disinteresting. Actually it’s a solid script with a good filmmaking team (Soul Surfer, Raise Your Voice) behind it. Much to my surprise, with a few exceptions, the film is impressive and a good piece of film work. The cast is really good too.
There’s not only Dennis Quaid and Heather Graham, both of whom are popular veteran actors, but additionally we see many unfamiliar (at least to me) but talented faces and Jesse Metcalfe, star of Chesapeake Shores. They all turn in fabulous performances and for the majority of the film, we like and really root on the characters.
The film does use some overexaggerated elements that dramatizes a moment. Nonetheless there’s a message of inspiration and renewal of faith. What surprises most of all is how “intense” this film gets. There’s this looming sense of dread and “fear” that plays on the viewers emotions while also keeping you tense over what’s to come even though years of cinema watching tells us how this script will end. Some portions are a little too “on the nose,” but I really cannot discredit this. In today’s cinema it’s one of those rare finds that more people should discover and enjoy.
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Content: Nothing much to mention in this. A married couple flirts and makes out in bed. Another couple we assume lives together. Someone tries to pick up a person in the bar with bad results and its implied they have a drinking problem. There may be some mild slang or profanity. The film is PG.