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WHAT’S SINGING WITH ANGELS ABOUT?

A woman finds renewed faith and strength singing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir while facing several personal and family struggles.

IS IT ANY GOOD? (GRADE: B)

With gorgeous music and beautiful cinematography, Singing With Angels is in many ways a delight for both the eyes and ears. When the choir sings, the movie soars. Unfortunately, the drama in between the musical numbers is hit-or-miss. Many conversations feel scripted, with question-and-answer back-and-forths that don’t resemble realistic discussion. This is especially true in the first half; afterwards the writing and performances find surer footing, with strong emotional and spiritual payoffs that left me in tears. As a tribute to the power of inspiring music to bring comfort and strength, Singing With Angels overcomes its flaws and is worth the watch.

CONTENT OVERVIEW

Singing With Angels is rated PG. There is no offensive content. There are thematic elements (illness, accidents, etc) that may trouble the youngest of viewers.

MESSAGES FOR FAMILIES TO DISCUSS

As a form of prayer, music can bring us peace, fill us with gratitude, call down blessings, and bring us closer to the Lord (see D&C 25:12). Wherever we are, whatever we do, we can be an instrument in God’s hands to accomplish good (see Hymns # 270, “I’ll Go Where You Want Me to Go”).

Jonathan Decker is a licensed marriage and family therapist with a private practice in St. George. He is available for in-person or online sessions. He hosts a weekly segment on family movies for The KJZZ Movie Show. Jonathan’s book 250 Great Movies for Latter-day Families is available in paperback and Kindle.