Lucy Shimmers and the Prince of Peace
Second chances begin when a hardened criminal meets a precocious young girl who is assisted by an angel in changing hearts during the holiday season.
Lucy Shimmers and the Prince of Peace Review
Scarlett Diamond, in her feature film debut, captivates the screen and steals the hearts of viewers as Lucy Shimmers, a precocious, kind-hearted 5-year-old with a strong faith in Jesus and a desire to do His work. Based on a dream from the Lord and advice from her deceased-turned-angel Grandpa Jackson (Shawn Stevens), Lucy works feverishly on a book titled Lucy Shimmers and the Prince of Peace, which features a character she refers to as “the sad man.” When Lucy falls ill and ends up in the hospital, she begins her mission of spreading Jesus’ love to everyone, including “the sad man,” a stubborn prisoner with kidney failure named Edgar (Vincent Vargas).
Lucy and Edgar’s unlikely friendship changes his life. Unfortunately, as things begin to improve for him, things begin to fall apart for Lucy. Lucy is a prime example of the prophet Isaiah’s words, “a child shall lead them,” touching the hearts of everyone she meets and remaining a strong witness for Christ even during her illness (Isaiah 11:6). Lucy’s steadfast, childlike faith teaches the adults around her to know Christ in a deeper, more meaningful way than they have ever known before.
The most powerful lesson Lucy teaches may be in a scene with her father, James (Adam Hightower), in which she asks, “If Jesus can love him, why can’t we?” Her innocent and daring question begs the question for all believers: If Christ is not picky about who he loves, why are we?
I’m going to warn you now… Lucy Shimmers and the Prince of Peace is a heartbreaking film. I’m talking full-on baby sobs. The production and writing quality are both excellent, and the performances by Diamond, Stevens, and Vargas stand out as particularly memorable. The film’s theology has some flaws, such as the grandpa-turning-into-an-angel angle, but the trope serves as a great foundation for events in the story and moving the plot forward. Watching Grandpa Jackson and Lucy’s relationship is very touching, and the filmmakers got one thing right: angels do minister strength to believers (Hebrews 1:4).
Overall, Lucy’s character serves as a powerful example for both children and adults; God can use anyone, anywhere, for any purpose… We only need to have faith and obey.
There are some intensely emotional scenes in the film, particularly a particularly gruesome death scene near the end, which may be upsetting to some younger viewers. The film has a lot of positive character arcs and great examples of integrity (supporting family, parents who raise their children in the faith, etc.) and is sure to become a new Christmas classic in a lot of homes.
For these and other reasons, we bestow the Dove Seal of Approval for All Ages on Lucy Shimmers and the Prince of Peace.
Daily Cross Walk Opinion:
Lucy Shimmers and the Prince of Peace is an uplifting, heartfelt story that will undoubtedly become a new Christmas classic.