Ten years ago nearly to the day “Passion of the Christ” was released by Hollywood renegade Mel Gibson who did an exception job of presenting the suffering of Christ. The controversial film became a blockbuster not only in America but internationally. It took the unconventional approach of Gibson to bring the story to the screen.http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0335345/
Now two more outsiders to Hollywood’s usual spin of uncomplimentary Christian themes are releasing a film today entitled “Son of God” which depicts a chronology of the life of Jesus from the New Testament that has the potential of thrilling Christian audiences starved for decent religious movies.
“Son of God” is based on the highly successful History Channel series “The Bible” which blew away expectations for interest and silenced critics claiming religion does not market well.
What Hollywood fails to understand is Hollywood’s brand of religion is what does not market well.
Roma Downey and Mark Burnett invested time and effort producing the 10-hour television mini-series as “The Bible” and has brought a good portion of the story of Jesus to 20th Century Fox in order to piece together the “Son of God”.
Much of the filming has been left on the cutting room floor, particularly the part where the actor playing Lucifer strongly resembling President Barack Obama. One wonders how much political theater took place in making that decision. You just can’t escape a little controversy that will only assist in manufacturing more interest.http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/son-god-barack-obama-look-a-like-3162168
Actor Diogo Morgado takes on the huge role of bringing Jesus to life on the screen, and whether there is an effort to understate Morgado’s presence as the Son of God by showing Jesus’ meek and humble spirit will only bring authenticity to Jesus’ nature in the film. Meekness does not mean weakness.
Reviews have been lukewarm because of Morgado’s portrayal of Christ, no surprise there, but critics have been historically unsympathetic to any Biblical theme movie that attempts to bring the Bible to life on the screen without the Hollywood angles.http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv-movies/son-god-movie-review-article-1.1702914
“Son of God” will resonate with the Christian audience, however non-believers will have the opportunity to experience a concise story taken from the gospels of the Bible that will probably produce more questions than answers.
The compelling story of Jesus will bring to bear the question if nothing else…..is Jesus who He claims to be or the biggest theological fraud in human history? Attempts to devalue what Jesus claimed has been done throughout history by those presenting Christ as merely a religious figure, prophet, or teacher fail to take into account what Jesus said.
By not accepting Jesus as Christ claimed, then Jesus has to be a false teacher, prophet, or demented religious leader as the enemies of Jesus claimed. This dilemma mocks skeptics, cynics, and doubters that have no alternative but to consider Christ is as He claims.
One cannot revere Jesus in a vacuum by saying He was a nice person without honestly inspecting the gospel evidence that details the ministry of Christ during His three and a half years of traveling through the Holy Land. “Son of God” brings that message of Christ to the big screen in a big way.
The “Son of God” movie is a modern day tool for evangelism.