The most magnificent portrayal of the nativity ever! Witness the struggles and joys of the Holy Family---and the Savior's birth at the turning point of history. Epic in scope yet intimate in detail, this major motion picture spared nothing to ensure historical accuracy and cinematic power. A film to be cherished for years to come! Starring Keisha Castle-Hughes (Whale Rider) and Oscar Isaac. Rated PG (some violence). Dove approved. Approx. 101 minutes. DVD Features:
This rendition doesn't always portray the events exactly as scripture describes. For example, there is not a host of angels appearing to the shepherds. There are 3 wise men who visit on the night of the birth, but the bible doesn't say how many men came and does say that they visited Mary and Jesus at a house. These are the types of misrepresentations, but overall the film is very well done and beautiful. It does direct our attention to the Lord and illustrates the Word in a memorable way. I recommend it for ages 8 and up, but perhaps older for sensitive ones. The Romans are violent.
I am saddened to see any (very little, but some) negative reviews about this movie. I do know the Bible, and the so called "liberties" taken with this movie are not at all offensive! It doesn't mention in the Bible that Mary was opposed to marrying Joseph, but it also doesn't say she wasn't. Mary honored her parents. She wasn't mouthy, she just wanted to understand. She IS human! Much of how the Bible tells us to live is portrayed in this movie, as in Mary praying for strength, for honoring her husband, for seeing the good. I simply can't say enough about this movie because any liberty taken by the writers were only glorifying to God. It's like you could put yourself in the story with all the real emotions. God IS real, thus the incarnation. He experienced real emotions. We need to try to imagine what others felt then, too. I simply can't say enough GOOD about this. My kids (ages 5 & 8) asked so many questions about honor, jealousy, love, and cultural times. They got the message of God's goodness, provision, and protection, in a way they could relate to. It becomes very clear why God would have chosen both Mary and Joseph for this. It really portrays how deep each of their characters were. It is a magnificent LOVE story, between them, and between our God and us!