The Son of God & Passion of Christ
A couple of weeks ago hubby and I and another couple attended Roma Downey and Mark Burnett’s Movie called the Son of God. Like others, we were anticipating a true blockbuster. Although, I did enjoy the movie; it was good, but not really spectacular. It was a typical Jesus story: His birth, His death, His resurrection and His ascension. For those of us who saw the Bible Miniseries, many scenes were familiar – just unpacked.
I noticed that the devil did not play a central role in the Son of God like that of Mel Gibson’s,”The Passion of the Christ.” Another observation in the Son of God, was that we saw a lighter, more humanistic side of Jesus. There were scenes where Jesus was either smiling or laughing.
Even though, the movie, in my opinion, lacked the real “wow” factor, it still got across the main point of Jesus’ life and His impact on mankind. Furthermore, the timeliness on its release was very effective especially for people who would be viewing this type of movie for the first time during this Lenten season, as well for new believers.
Although I am not personally a fan of movies with captions, I believe Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ, mastered the illustration of the ‘reality’ of just how cruel man can be as was seen in the flogging and crucifixion scenes. This of course, was the reason for the R-rating. On the other hand, the Son of God, down played these scenes leaving much to our imagination. I found myself looking away after the flogging scene in The Passion of the Christ. It was gory to say the least, however, Jesus still looked cute (and some would say sexy) in the Son of God after the flogging scene. Okay, why make a big deal about Jesus’ cuteness in the movie? Because of what Isaiah 53:2 says “… He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.”
All in all, we walked away giving the movie a solid B grade. It was a good movie that families could attend together during this Lenten Season.