I haven’t been to the cinema in years but my curiosity to see this one enticed me to make the effort (I much prefer to watch movies at home). I’m so glad I did. I have to give this one 5 stars (despite the expected groans of the critics).
- It lacked the weaknesses and “churchy” atmosphere often plaguing Christian movies. (There are so many great stories in the Bible that could enrich our diet. I think Christian directors do a great job on a limited budget, but these stories could be so much more.).
- It had a great plot and for the most part was well acted.
- It was historically accurate as regards, costume, sets etc. quite a convincing portrayal of Roman Palestine, dirt, mess, warts and all.
- Jesus was not portrayed as handsome or outstanding, but with a wonderful smile and sparkling eyes that lit up during conversation – perfect casting and acting.
- The disciples also looked and acted like very ordinary.characters, confused, excited, human.
- I could identify very much with the tribune and his doubts, my mind worked in a similar way.
- Jesus is portrayed as very personal in his interactions, the miracles only a backdrop to his love for each one.
- I’m very picky about movies, and hate the same old predictable plots etc. but this one I believe stands on its own as a mind provoking quality film even for non Christian audiences, good viewing for Easter!