On this Christian Movies podcast, we look at the Christian Drama Different Drummers, a 2015 Christian DVD directed by Lyle Hatcher.
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We hope you’ll stay tuned as we review another one of the great Christian movies, this time the Christian DVD Different Drummers. This Christian DVD released in 2015 by Lyle Hatcher is a fantastic look at the lives of two young boys and their journey to discover God.
Welcome to The FishFlix.com Christian Movie podcast. Every Wednesday we review a Christian film, informing you about the story, production quality, and family friendliness. Our goal is to bring you all the latest news and insights on Christian movies and recommend wholesome films for you to watch together as a family. I’m your host Noah Metzger and today we’ll be reviewing Different Drummers, a heartfelt film starring Brayden Tucker, Ethan Reed McKay, and Colleen Carey.
Different Drummers is a deeply inspirational and transcendent family film – based on a true story – about the unusual spiritual journey and unlikely friendship of two boys growing up in Spokane, Washington in the mid 1960s. Eleven-year-old DAVID, wheelchair-bound by muscular dystrophy, is growing progressively weaker, while his friend, LYLE (10), struggles with n increasingly high, and seemingly uncontrollable energy level. MISS O’DONNELL, the school principal, deals with his antics by requiring frequent runs around the playground and recesses in the boiler room – under the supervision of the janitor, MR. MERRICK.
The school science fair is approaching – an event that takes place once a year on Parent Night. Lyle is unable to find a partner for his science project due to his reputation for recklessness. Lyle befriends David as a last resort. In one of their first conversations, David informs Lyle that their teacher is about to die and states that the source of this sad revelation is God. When their teacher does die, a doubtful and confused Lyle feels he must find out for certain if God exists. When he doesn’t get the answers he’s searching for from Mr. Merrick or his parents, he decides to take matters into his own hands.
Different Drummers released on our website in September of 2015 and follows these two delightful characters, David and Lyle, as they try to prove the existence of God. If you would like to find out more or purchase this movie, you can visit our website at www.fishflix.com.
Different Drummers is a film that astounds on a lot of levels. This film, set in the 1960s does a very good job of drawing you into the story and thoroughly convincing you that this is the 1960s. From the setpieces, the props, and even the hairstyle and clothing, it draws you into this world and makes things come alive. The beginning of the story also makes a point to address that this is indeed based on a true story, which I always say adds a depth of realism to the story. You can more easily be drawn in by the miraculous stories and events when you know that it’s based on real events that happened in life.
Another difficult thing this movie had going for it was having two lead actors being children. Having your movie rest on child actors can be incredibly challenging, as you have to make sure you can find actors who are willing to truly sell their part and be convincing in their roles. Thankfully, both Brayden Tucker and Ethan Reed McKay bring a lot of heart to their roles and do a fantastic job of carrying the film. As they are the two characters that appear in the most scenes and carry the most weight in the film, it was vital they get these characters right and they really succeeded.
Concerning the story, I found it to be fairly well-paced and containing a delightful amount of twists and turns to keep you on your toes. Certain events toward the end of the film can be both inspirational and devastating, which creates and emotional ride for the viewer in the best possible way. Another fantastic element of the film is the opening scene, which provides a cliffhanger that hangs in the back of your mind until the resolution is provided much later in the film.
Different Drummers is well-shot, well-edited, and well-acted, and it overall makes for a delightful film that tells an inspiring story of hope. It answers deep questions about God and develops these key characters in magnificent ways over the course of the movie as they try to answer just a simple question, “is God real?” With a well-balanced blend of intense moments, emotional scenes, and everything in between, Different Drummers provides a unique and enjoyable film watching experience, and it’s one I would highly recommend you discover for yourself.
Different Drummers is a family friendly film with very little to worry about. The only thing to think about is how a couple of very main characters do pass away during the course of the film and if your children are easily upset by this kind of thing, it may be best to skip this film or only show it to the older kids in your family. We always like to follow The Dove Foundation which has given it a “family-approved” rating for all ages. But as always, we recommend that you watch the film first and decide if it’s appropriate for your particular family.
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If you would like to find out more about Different Drummers, or would be interested in purchasing it, you can visit our website at www.fishflix.com. The DVD is available for purchase on our website now. On our website, we have a vast assortment of Christian films you can learn about or purchase. We have a large collection, containing both classics and brand new movies that are just releasing, all at incredibly low prices. Thank you for joining us, and as always, please be sure to stay tuned as we bring you more reviews every week on the FishFlix.com Christian movie podcast.