According to a 12-year-old Hunter Hayes fan who viewed “The Apostle” this weekend after hearing that a very young Hayes played accordion in one scene, the entire rest of the 1997 Robert Duvall film made like literally no sense at all. “There was an old guy who was going around talking to a lot of black people about starting a church or something,” said seventh grader Madison Peters of the drama about the personal struggles and search for redemption of a hot-headed Pentecostal preacher. “He shouted and tried to sing and stuff, but none of the songs were as catchy as ‘Storm Warning’ or ‘I Want Crazy’ so I’m not surprised he didn’t get a record deal like Hunter. Anyways, I fell asleep for like 45 minutes, but luckily Hunter didn’t even show up until almost the end. My mom woke me up so I could see. He was so cute I wanted to squeeze him!”
Described as “a lesson in how movies can escape from convention and penetrate the hearts of rare characters” by the late Roger Ebert, “The Apostle” earned a different assessment from Peters: “Oh my god, it was as boring as something [my social studies teacher] Mr. Burns would make us watch. And he’s like 90 years old and has major B.O.”
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