‘Son of God’ review

The Bible

Not that I had plans to actually see the new ‘Son of God’ film, but I was curious to know what some of the initial reviews were. So far, they are mostly negative. My favorite is Kyle Smith’s review from the New York Post, with some nice doses of humor:

I’m pretty much without sin, so gimme some rocks: “Son of God” envisions a J.C. that’s strictly J.V. It’s a film inspired less by the Bible than by a somewhat lesser guide to Christian precepts: “Jesus for Dummies.”

A repurposed segment of last year’s History Channel miniseries “The Bible,” the film stars Diogo Morgado, a Portuguese actor billed as “the first Latin Jesus.” He makes for a sunny, can-do Portuguesus wandering the land with a miracles-on-demand service available to anyone who walks up to him. He seems oddly, disturbingly in love with himself as he dazzles the Israelites with his fluorescent, Brad Pitt smile.

It trivializes Christian thought to reduce the parables to one-liners and the miracles to magic tricks, but the film was made with the entirely unsurprising input of Joel Osteen, the charlatan self-help guru who has advised his followers that prayer can help you snag a good parking space.

“Son of God” is guilty of all the sins of the 1950s Bible epics, but without any of the majesty. The supporting characters lack depth, and the actors are blocky and silly, lugging around those half-British accents that supposedly indicate seriousness. The special effects aren’t good enough for the big screen — Jerusalem looks like it was created out of Legos — and the overbearing soundtrack turns what ought to be quietly transcendent moments into corn syrup. The Last Supper? Doesn’t need a lot of embellishment. It’s a profound moment. So why bury it under the rubble left by orchestral bombardment?

You can read the rest here. With Joel Osteen as a consultant, then that is about all I need to know! I have some old school Reformed friends who refuse to watch any Jesus movies — as all pictorial representations of Jesus are prohibited in the older Reformed theology — and this movie appears to justify their qualms!

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7 comments

  1. Is that picture actually from the movie? Because that frat-boy grin on his face (in Jerusalem near the end of his life, no less) makes for a pretty bad first impression.

    • And Jesus clearly had teeth whitener or maybe that was part of his divine attributes, predicated on the human side!

    • Sort of a combination of the chill frat boy and sultry Latin heartthrob! I guess that is what made him so “charismatic,” attracting a legion of disciples…err…groupies.

      • This film looks pretty bad, but the trailers also seem to hint at some genuinely good acting. But, then again, I also thought Mel Gibson’s movie was great.

      • If the reviews (at rotten tomatoes) are right, then the acting is mediocre. I do appreciate that you admit to liking Gibson’s film! I actually thought it was spectacular in many respects, and I really didn’t care about all the hoopla over the violence. Of course, I grew-up watching Rambo, so maybe I’m desensitized!

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