The Shack (2017) – movie review

I watched “The Shack” (2017) USA today.  Written by John Fusco based on the novel of the same name by William P Young, it is directed by Stuart Hazeldine.


Sam Worthington plays Mack Phillips, while Papa is Octavia Spencer (turns out that God is a black woman) and the male Papa is Graham Greene.  Nan, Mack’s wife, is played by Radha Mitchell and Aviv Alush plays Jesus.  Sumire is Sarayu, the third person in the Trinity.  Tim McGraw is Willie, Alic Braga is Sophia, Megan Chapentier is Kate Phillips and Gage Munroe is Josh Phillips.  Ameilie Eve is Missy Phillips and Ryan Robbins is Eil Ducette.

The plot summary is as follows : “After suffering a family tragedy, Mack Phillips spirals into a deep depression that causes him to question his innermost beliefs. Facing a crisis of faith, he receives a mysterious letter urging him to an abandoned shack in the Oregon wilderness. Despite his doubts, Mack journeys to the shack and encounters an enigmatic trio of strangers led by a woman named Papa. Through this meeting, Mack finds important truths that will transform his understanding of his tragedy and change his life forever.”

It is a movie told about a Christian man/family and told from a Christian perspective.

The reality is that it is a philosophical treatise on the problem of a good God and bad things happening. Theologically somewhat simplistic, but focusing on the love of God for humans at all times.

It deals with forgiveness and letting go as well.

If the blatant religious bias doesn’t irritate you, it is probably worth seeing. But it doesn’t give all the answers to the meaning of life.

Christians may find the concept of God as a woman too much to bear.  They may also struggle with some of the theology presented.

Overall I enjoyed the movie, but do point out that I am a practicing Christian.


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Clergy person, theatre and music lover, avid reader, foodie. Basically, I write about what I do, where I go and things I love (or hate).
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