THE PASTOR’S WIFE (Lifetime) Advance Review


Lifetime premieres its lastest based-on-a-true-story movie, THE PASTOR’S WIFE, tonight. The Pastor’s Wife stars Rose McGowan as Mary Winkler, wife of the much beloved small town pastor, Matthew Winkler (Michael Shanks). Early one morning, Matthew is found shot dead in their home.

The Pastor’s Wife is based on the true story of the Winklers and Matthew’s shooting in 2006. Upon the finding of Matthew Winkler’s body, a major manhunt began searching for Mary and her three daughters, all believed to have been kidnapped or harmed themselves. When the police stumble upon Mary driving down the street, they soon realize there is more to the mystery of Matthew’s death than they ever realized.

The Pastor’s Wife started off strong. I immediately noticed and fell in love with the score. It was a mix of blues and gospel and took recognizable songs and changed them up. For example, there is an Amazing Grace sung to the tune of House of the Rising Sun, at least to my nonprofessional ears. It is not often that the musical score is something I even notice, but I did here and it had a positive impact on the movie.

Aside from the score, the movie immediately drew you in with the first scene showing a crime scene, but then reverting back to the happy Winkler family. All the while, the viewer waits to see what is really going on behind closed doors. The answers do not come though, until the trial, and it is at that point that the movie starts to slow down. The reveals provided by Mary Winkler are slow and anticlimatic for the amount of time it takes to get you there.

Rose McGowan portrays Mary Winkler quite well. Although her southern accent is a bit misplaced, it is not too distracting. She does portrays the reserved wife with the required emotional outbursts in the right places. Michael Shanks shines as the Pastor who is charming to the outside world, but a monster in his own home.

The Pastor’s Wife is worth a viewing. Actually, one of the best scenes to me was the very last one. It made me question some things from the rest of the movie. So tune in tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET and watch The Pastor’s Wife on Lifetime then come back here and tell me what you thought. I want to discuss that last scene!

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