It’s been 10 years since the story of Jesus
was retold on the big screen. It has probably also taken 10 years for most
people to recover from the gruesome, Mel Gibson directed The Passion of The
Son of God is and adaptation of the
miniseries The Bible which aired on the History Channel in March 2013. Unlike The Passion of the Christ, which largely focused on the arrest, torture and crucifixion
of Jesus, Son of God takes us through the life of Jesus and everything he did
that lead up to his death.
John (Sebastian Knapp), the last disciple
of Jesus, is the narrator and through him we learn about his birth in a barn,
his disciples and followers, his ministry, his crucifixion and death. All the
Sunday school stories are retold: Jesus walking on water, Jesus feeding 5000 people with five fishes and two loaves,
he raises Lazarus from the death, his entry into Jerusalem and his last sermon
on the Mount of Olives.
In between the retelling of Jesus’ life we
meet Pontious Pilate (Greg Hicks), the new Roman Governer who fights with
gladiators for exercise. We also see Jews protesting Roman rule. Through this
the film delves into the political landscape during Roman occupation.
We also meet Jesus’ harshest critics, the
Jewish high priests, who come across strongly as hypocrites.
This movie has been beautifully shot and it
tries to give off an ‘epic feel’ with the musical score adding to this. It is
long and it feels like the producers tried too hard to pack in every episode of
the 10 hour miniseries, and because we know how this story ends it is laborious
There isn’t much of a script and the
dialogue is quite staggered. At parts it felt like characters were just reading
passages from the bible. There are two roles worth mentioning. Thomas played by
Matthew Gravelle epitomised doubting Thomas. It was also brave that they
included Mary Magdalene (Amber Rose Revah), a woman, as a disciple accepted by
Diogo Margoda created quite a buzz on Twitter,
inspiring the hashtag hot Jesus, but while he might be good to look at his
acting leaves much to be desired. His acting didn’t ‘move me’. The tone of
voice used and the faraway not from this world facial expression made him come
across as a standard cardboard character, lacking heart.
While The Passion of the Christ will always
be remembered for its gruesomeness, Son of God is quite forgettable. It feels
like the filmmakers wanted to counter Passion’s depiction with this almost
fairytale like retelling of the life of Jesus.
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