Film Telling the Story of Christ Sparks Debate

The new cinematic feature “Son of God” depicts the life of Jesus Christ from birth to burial and subsequent resurrection. Released on Feb. 28, it has done well at the box office but has failed to capture the hearts of viewers.

“Son of God” was adapted from the 10-hour History Channel miniseries, “The Bible.” The miniseries aired March 2013 and received mixed reviews. The film contains scenes from the show as well as new footage.

“The Bible” miniseries sparked a bit of controversy after someone pointed out that the actor who played Satan looked similar to President Barak Obama. Satan does not appear in “Son of God” for this reason.

Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a “rotten” score of 25% and the website Metacritic has given it a score of 37.

The IMDB synopsis describes the movie as the story of Jesus’ life, told with intriguing cinematic storytelling. The cinematography is described as powerful and inspirational. “Son of God” flows like an action epic, and the film features powerful performances, exotic locales, dazzling visual effects and a rich orchestral score.

With music by Lorne Balfe and Hans Zimmer, a rich orchestral score is guaranteed.

The movie stars Diogo Morgado as Jesus Christ and was directed by Christopher Spencer.

Stevens Point viewers have mixed feelings about the movie.

“I don’t think the movie is going to be completely true to the original story,” said senior Sarah Godlewski. “It’s going to be dramatized for Hollywood. But I’m still eager to see it because I think it looks interesting.”

“I was not looking forward to the film because it looked like poor filmmaking. Inevitably a lot of movies about Christ or Christian views misrepresent the religion and that is definitely a danger here,” said Erik Kersting, a senior English major.

“Son of God” had a lot of movies to live up to, most notably “The Passion of the Christ,” released in 2004.

“The Passion of the Christ was a critically loved movie and hit some sort of cultural phenomenon, as well as sparking an interest in the relationship between violence and media. I haven’t heard much of anything positive about ‘Son of God’ so I have to assume that it will be forgotten in the annals of time like so many other movies about Christ,” Kersting said.

Kersting also expressed his doubts that the movie would capture the feel of the original story, saying it would probably contain lines from the gospel but it would likely not remain true to the tone.

However, the original story is often interpreted in different ways, making it difficult for any movie to appeal to everyone.

The consensus from many reviews seems to be that the faithful may enjoy “Son of God,” but from a cinematic standpoint, it is fairly heavy-handed.

 

Mary Marvin

mmarv339@uwsp.edu

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