Chasing Waterfalls (2016)

Drew Sidora in Chasing Waterfalls (2016)

God's Design for Life

Olivia (Drew Sidora) like her father is not only a Christian but works for Salma (Jasmine Guy) at her fashion house and is well aware that Salma's business is facing problems as staff are being laid off due to a former fashion designer setting up a rival business. But with her faith in God and belief he has a plan Olivia manages to grab Salma's attention as well as her handsome son Cabot (Redaric Williams). With Cabot's help Olivia gets a chance to step up from the production line to become a fashion designer and in doing so saving Salma's business which she manages to do so against the odds. But as time passes success and fame changes Olivia as she forgets her roots and her faith in God.

I will be honest it is a long time since I read my bible and as such I could have watched "Chasing Waterfalls" and said here is a story of a woman who lets success go to her head but then is humbled when her world comes crashing down and finds herself seeking to return to her old ways. And do you know what it does a good job of working through this storyline in an easy to follow but not completely cheesy manner. In fact when you remember "Chasing Waterfalls" is a made for TV movie the performances of Drew Sidora and Redaric Williams stand out as being better than you would normally expect.

But as I said it has been a while since I picked up my bible but I read one synopsis for "Chasing Waterfalls" and it mentioned this was a modern take on the story of David. And do you know what this is a surprisingly good take on that bible story covering elements such as Salma turning on Olivia like Saul turned on David. But what I liked about "Chasing Waterfalls" is that it managed to tell a bible story and do so without being holier than vow yet whilst taking the story down to a mass entertainment level so it will work for non Christians it is still respectful of a Christian audience.

What this all boils down to is that "Chasing Waterfalls" manages to achieve what sadly many pieces of Christian cinema fail to do and that is to work for a non Christian audience with out coming across too preachy yet still working for the Christian audience who will be familiar with the story of David.