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Posted October 1, 2010
It was good... but "Jesus of Nazareth" and Bruce Marchiano's "The Gospel According To Matthew" were a lot better....
I just recently saw this movie, and I must say it was pretty good. However, there were some things I didn't like. First, the actor who portrayed Jesus seemed more like he was in his late 50's rather than 30. The movie started off with the wisemen looking for Baby Jesus, which it should have started off with the angel appearing to Mary. People who do not know Jesus will be confused and thrown off. The producers should have given some "before-Nativity" information background. People "talked" more about Jesus's miracles in the film, rather than showing Jesus turning water into wine, feeding the 5000, etc. There were also some Biblical inaccuracies: King Herod killed John the Baptist without anyone requesting it to him. An angel tells Joseph to flee to Egypt while he is AWAKE, not asleep. Simon of Cyrene walks over to Jesus and HELPS Him carry His cross, rather than have a Roman soldier force him. Also, before Jesus's baptism, there's a creative licensed conversation between John the Baptist and Jesus that is not recorded in the Bible. Mary Magdalene is shown as being the woman caught in the act of adultery. If you have seen the movie "Jesus of Nazareth", you know how well-rounded all the characters are: Peter, Pilate, Mary, Joseph, Andrew, Mary Magdalene, etc. Through the 6 hours of the film, the directors allow you to get to know EACH of the characters... even the minor roles... such as Nicodemus, Caiaphas, and Zerah the scribe. The characters are so rich and deep, you know a lot about them at the movie's end. However, in "The Greatest Story Ever Told", it's a bit different. The supporting roles (not Jesus, the lead role) are not well-rounded characters. You HARDLY get to know them. They are just... there! They are more like "cardboard cut-outs", the characters have very little personality. But the characters in "Jesus of Nazareth" were actually a part of the story. You really got to know them, even 5 minutes of the story's progression. I really loved the music in this movie. Mozart's "Messiah" was spectacular! And the scenery and locations were simply beautiful! To wrap this all up, I thought it was a very good movie... though I think Bruce Marchiano's "Matthew" and "Jesus of Nazareth" were the absolute bests.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.