Monday, March 24, 2014

"Son of God" {a review}

One of the perks of blogging is being asked to review things. So I was excited when I got an email offering tickets to see the movie "Son of God" in exchange for my review. We made plans to go see the movie opening weekend and then the dreaded stomach bug hit our household, then John's work schedule didn't work for going to a movie, and then FINALLY we were able to go this past weekend. The movie has been out for about 3 weeks and the theater was still pretty full. I have purposefully ignored other reviews but I did watch several interviews with the producers, Roma Downey and Mark Burnett. I loved their passion for making sure the story of Jesus and his ministry made it to the big screen again. We were excited to see the movie.
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The movie started off with John in exile. He basically narrates the whole movie. And where better to start telling the story of Jesus than with his birth. There is a mid-wife depicted in the scene (which starts the inaccuracies). And of course the wise men show up even though they didn't actually see Jesus at birth, he was at least 2 when they arrived at his home. But since this is the norm I didn't really think anything about it. The story then flash forwards to Jesus calling Peter to be an apostle. This part of the story is a little off but I can't really point out why, it just seemed off to me. From this point on, Mary Magdalene was with Jesus and the apostles at all times. This is the biggest inaccuracy that John and I found that continued throughout the movie. She was not present for all of this and I feel like they put her character there as the token female character. There is a lot of misquoting of scripture, a lot of creative licensure taken, and the whole last supper scene was wrong. I feel like they sometimes just throughout what was written in the Bible and wrote their own version of events. I also feel like Roma Downey placed herself in the role of Jesus' mother and then inserted herself on camera as much as possible. There was also too many Anglo actors and british accents in the movie. Plus the actor who played Jesus is hispanic and his accent came through a lot.

So since I am through with all I didn't like here is what I loved! I think that they did a great job with the back story of the position the pharisees and head priest were in and the corner that they backed Pilate into. I think that if you plan on doing a Bible study with someone then this would be a good jumping board but not by itself. I also feel like I can let my children watch the scenes with Jesus being beaten and hung on a cross (at least the older children) and it not be any more violent than some other movies that they have watched. So I will probably watch it with them on DVD and the delve into the story more in depth with a Bible study.

I would recommend this movie but please be aware that it is not all accurate and you will probably be scratching your head over some parts. This would be a good trip for a small group to take as well.

**I was given tickets to this movie in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.**

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