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The Most Reluctant Convert: The Untold Story of C.S. Lewis

By Alistair Lawrence, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Stage-to-film C.S. Lewis biopic has trauma, war violence.

Movie NR 2021 73 minutes
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This adaptation of the stage play of the same name offers a guided tour through the chapters of Lewis' life that led to him becoming a Christian. The Most Reluctant Convert: The Untold Story of C.S. Lewis sees McLean reprise the role of the much-lauded author -- he also penned the original stage play -- and its his energized portrayal, complete with wordy monologues, that gives the movie its focal point. However, as with many adaptations of plays, much of what works on stage struggles to be replicated on-screen. The snippets of Lewis' earlier life -- portrayed by other actors -- mainly exist to fly through intellectual debates about the philosophy of faith at a rattling pace, resulting in a story that feels like what it is: selected passages adapted from Lewis' own autobiography.

So, while the passion of his faith is for all to see, eventually it becomes an underwhelming affair. The odd choice to show the beginning and end of McLean's performance with the real-life film crew calling "action" and "cut" is needless and pretentious, too. It only further robs this story of deeper characterizations and personal relationships that perhaps weren't there to be explored, but that would've made for a more compelling story.

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