Son of God (2014)
The life of Jesus spanning from his humble birth, through his teachings, crucifixion and ultimate resurrection. Starring Sebastian Knapp, Paul Knops, Darcie, David Rintoul, Gary Oliver, William Houston, Stewart Scudamore, Nonso Anozie, Conan Stevens, Jassa Ahluwalia, Langley Kirkwood, Patrice Naiambana, Joe Coen, Leila Mimmack, Greg Hicks.
Biblical movies come in and out of vogue and the stories of Jesus and his disciples and the various biblical stars have been told more than once. Son of God offers nothing new or different where the story is concerned it just retells it from another directors point of view.
Son of God isn’t a movie goer’s movie. It will be perfect for the Sunday school room because its basically the cliff-notes of the life of Jesus but beyond that it holds little to no value as a film. For a topic that has been done more than a few times I expected the directors, producers etc. to offer a fresh look or a new perspective on a story most know well. Sadly that new perspective doesn’t come through if there was one to start with. As I said this is the cliff-notes version of Jesus’s life so the whole film moves quickly through most of the events and miracles in order to get to the crucifixion. Personally I think this is a missed opportunity. They would have been better off focusing on some of the more major miracles rather than skipping right by them. It would have been far more interesting in terms of a film.
Pardon the term but this film could have been “redeemed” had the acting been above and beyond or the sets and costumes spectacular. Sadly both are average and neither stand out enough to make this a must see film. I hate to say it but the whole movie just gives you the feeling of been there and done that. It shouldn’t have been released in nation-wide theaters but simply sold to churches and shown exclusively for them. The cold hard truth is that the majority of the Christian crowd is going to love and appreciate Son of God but as a movie it doesn’t even warrant a trip to the theater.
5/10 Stars – Just watch The Passion of the Christ.
Son of God is a very special movie in that the target audience isn’t necessarily “movie goers.” As I am a “movie goer” and a Catholic, I can see this movie from 2 different ways. As a movie goer, Son of God is poorly told, acted and designed. The first hour feels like 5-10 minute skits that highlight the life of Jesus. From healing the sick, to feeding the poor, to walking on water, the movie moves along very slowly with mini-story after mini-story. This practically put me to sleep because the actor playing Jesus was that cliché and soothing that I couldn’t stay focused. The acting was that bad! As a Christian, I was interesting to see some of the stories on the big screen, but they were so short and uninspiring that they didn’t affect me. I honestly couldn’t tell you who was which disciples because only 3-4 were referred to by name (or maybe I was just in a coma). Either way, once you endured the first half, the 2nd half picks up and becomes both decent for movie watchers because this is where Jesus is crucified (and no, I haven’t seen the Passion as of this post). So for the first time on screen, I saw his death and it kept my attention pretty well. Now, everyone I hear basically says “Watch the Passion” so I’ll have to do that, but as for the Son of God, the last hour saved me from saying this is only a “church” or “lifetime” movie. Would I recommend anyone just go and sit through this, no, but if you are a passionate Christian, than you will probably like this because it leaves you feeling humble… but maybe show up after an hour…
6/10 Stars – The crucifixion “saved” this movie… ummmm… yeah, you heard me…
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