The Nashville Film Festival has kicked off, and I will be covering the entire festival. I will be watching as many of the shorts, documentaries, and feature films as I can and reviewing them daily.
Today, I review the feature film, Electric Jesus.
Our film kicks off with a breakdown of who and what the band 3:16 is and what they are. We see the band performing on stages, and we are introduced to Skip Wick (Brian Baumgartner), a free talking music promoter that wants the band to tour.
We witness the highs and lows of the band being on tour and also trying to represent Jesus at the same time, and this leads us to see the typical fights amongst the crew.
Although Christian themed movies tend to feel preachy and over the top, Electric Jesus never felt like that. Chris White made you realize the importance of God within the culture of the band bud did it in a way that made it have a deeper meaning.
Next, this movie is far too long, and it feels every bit of the hour and forty-seven minutes, and honestly, it felt longer than that, which started to take away from the momentum the movie had started to build early on.
By the way, the best part of this movie is Brian Baumgartner. He just set himself apart within the role of Skip. He was the used car salesman you expect from a music promoter, and he played it with perfection.
Finally, we get to where the film was trying to go, and while it took forever to get here, it didn’t have the prototypical ending that we thought the film would have from the get-go.
Electric Jesus is a campy fun ride that will be a crowd-pleaser.
Jacob is a film critic and co-founder of the Music City Drive-In. He is a member of the Music City Film Critics’ Association and specializes in the awards season. You can find him on Twitter @Tberry57.