I'm inclined to agree with you. I guess I'm giving too much of a free pass to the film for simply putting these themes on the table and in a way that, while not profound (this is no Ordet, Winter Light or anything of the sort) is solid, moving, inclusive and invites discourse; even if the ultimate message is pro-faith, which I really don't have a problem with. But also, there's the filmmaking. While the bookends are very flawed, most of this movie's chunk was really beautiful and managed to take a fantastical story and boil things to human essentials in a way that was very seamless and superbly told. I think it's a case in which the sheer...cinematic grandeur of it outweighs the flaws of script and narrative.