Son of God

Christopher Spencer + Son of God
Thursday, August 22 nd, 2019 at 00:08 am Dr Joy Browne
Director (s):
Christopher Spencer
Diogo Morgado, Amber Rose Revah, Sebastian Knapp

Son of God, basically the title says it all, you know how the story goes, you know how its going to end, and so the question is, why re-make a story that everybody knows? Well Roma Downey and Mark Burnett decided to do this I think based on the TV series that was wildly popular and to certain extent you can see why. The first 5 minutes is a retelling of the bible story from the garden of Eden on, and that is terrific. It is done “hollywood” fashion and it moves quickly and its kind of fun and interesting and maybe even give s a slightly different perspective. Then we get to the main story, which the birth of Jesus, and I must tell in the first hour, we only get to Passover and it is a 2 hour and 20 minute movie, so pacing is one of the issues. It would seem to me if you are going to remake the story there should be something you are bringing to the party that is different. I suppose if you are a believer, there is no such thing as too much bible story, and there is some sort of comfort at least in the early stages of the story. One of the problems for me is certainly that the Crucifiction…there seems to be this new tendency of films to have “violent porn”, the whipping scene isn’t as bad as 12 Years a Slave, but it approaches it, and particularly gruesome. As a movie, you know the plot, it seemed to me to be the exact same plot as Jesus Christ Superstar without the music, and the music helped. As a textbook for the devout, there is no review that is necessary, as a movie its too long, its too gory, and there is nothing that you haven’t seen before, including a Jesus that while not quite blond haired and blue eyed, is certainly lighter skin than everybody else in a part of the world where that wouldn’t have happened. So as a movie, 2.5 stars.