A Greater Yes (DVD Review)17 Sep, 2009 By: John Latchem
Stars Anne Underwood, Bradley Dorsey, Mike Norris.
A Greater Yes tells the true story of a girl from Texas named Amy Newhouse, who died of cancer at age 16. The film focuses on her devotion to God and how her faith affected those around her.
Those are the broad strokes. A Greater Yes fills in the details. Unfortunately, the description on the box gives everything away. I’m the last person to call for a spoiler alert on a true story, but a lot of viewers are probably not going to be familiar with Amy’s whole story beforehand.
Though the subject matter seems tailor-made for a Lifetime movie-of-the-week tear-jerker, A Greater Yes actually manages to find an uplifting note in Amy’s ordeal and instill a sense of hope. That’s not to say it still doesn’t present an element of sadness.
Anne Underwood ably carries the film as Amy, expressing an eternal optimism despite her tragic circumstances. The cast also includes Mike Norris, son of famed tough guy Chuck Norris.
The film is intended for a faith-based audience but manages not to get too sappy as to turn off mainstream viewers.
The commentary on the DVD, with writer-producer-director-actor Bradley Dorsey and associate producer Clayton Miller, is mostly notable as a chronicle of the earnestness involved in making an independent movie. Dorsey briefly touches upon how he came to adapt Amy’s story into a movie, but the duo mostly discuss shooting specific scenes and how they assembled the cast. The DVD also includes a collection of behind-the-scenes footage that shows off a lot of the equipment Dorsey discusses in the commentary.