This film revealed some facts that were very interesting to me, worth the watch, and for a person who has not done an extensive study of the Nativity, it would seem totally correct and excitingly believable, and give concrete answers to all of the questions one might have about the "Star." However, IMHO, the lawyer, astronomer-wanna-be, Larson, presumes a LOT; first, that he has the perfect answer, second, that all the work done by all scientists, archaeologists, theologians, historians, and astronomers up to this time are dead wrong, that his is the only explanation possible because he is so brilliant and has possession of this software program that exceeds the boundaries of the human mind, and, indeed, a lot of the film is him flipping around from window to window on the classroom screen. He also is pointing all naive believers to his web site, bethlehemstar.com. He is actually way off base. There is so much that doesn't work, it would require an extensive debate here, but let's just say in the interests of forgiveness, he has an opinion of what happened, as do many. Additionally, this film focuses a lot of the video time on his face, talking about his personal experiences, him talking about how he felt in his discovery process, and this egocentrism seemed totally out of place given the subject matter. Also, the video was swinging repeatedly to the faces of the rapt audience to whom he is presenting this show, eyes wide and chins hitting the floor. I found this annoying as I was interested in the subject, even though I doubted its veracity, and I did not want to watch the looks of amazement from his beginner studio class. I wanted the film to get back to the actual presentation. It would be better (not more believable however) if the director had less Larson time and more Jesus time in the film. Still it was interesting from an astronomy point of view, I just don't happen to believe what he was expounding as "Gospel truth." I wouldn't say it was a waste of time, I would just caution anyone who is new to the subject to approach it with caution and an open mind that this is just his opinion, he has the resources to make this film, and do some other research in addition before walking away in rapt amazement and talking about it with the kids.
I loved it so much I bought it for several friends and family members. I have read this and shared it with people through the years but this film, showing it visually and expressing it verbally better than I have been able to - is excellent. It was much better than any rendition of these facts I have found anywhere else and it also had information I had missed or just had not found before. I loved it.
We originally saw it in our small group Bible Study, and all of us were in awe of the presentation. I had to purchase the DVD for myself - and this year convinced our Pastor to show it at the Bible Study between services, the week after Christmas. When it ended - you could have heard a pin drop! Now I'm loaning it out....
Very interesting, so true Christmas has become so commercialized . I will watch again, Leaves one thinking :) just what are we celebrating, why and when? What values are we leaving behind for our children, food for thought :)