I’m not a fan of “Bible” movies mostly because so many of them get so many things wrong. They stray so far from what they’re supposed to be representing that I, for one, feel cheated, disillusioned, and even sometimes angry that God’s Word is being made a mockery in such a way.
I do not feel this way about a movie I just recently had the privilege of seeing: THE GOSPEL OF JOHN from the Lumo Project.
This movie doesn’t stray from the Bible because it IS the Bible (the script, anyway). I watched the King James Version with my husband (he’s a staunch KJV devotee), and I loved every minute of it! He even agreed that it was a “good” movie, and that means a lot coming from him…he’s even harder on Bible movies than I am.
The scenery is gorgeous. The acting is solid (and I LOVE the fact that Jesus isn’t portrayed as a blond-haired, blue-eyed model type). And the narration for the KJV was provided by Scottish actor Brian Cox (Troy, Braveheart, etc.), who brought a beautifully Shakespearean flair to the whole thing.
The only flaw we caught in the whole film was when Jesus was crucified, and the Roman soldiers drove the nails through his palms. Most people get this wrong, though. It’s unlikely that nails in the palms would’ve worked. They would have torn right through the delicate flesh and bones of the hands, causing Jesus to fall off the cross. The wrist is a much more stable part of the body. But that was one minor flaw to a really amazing movie.
It is over two hours long (it IS the whole Book of John, after all), so you’ll want to carve out a good chunk of time to see it. My husband and I had to watch it over the course of two days because we just couldn’t get that much uninterrupted time together with two little girls in the house. I don’t really recommend watching this with very young children because it won’t hold their attention for very long (unfortunately), and some parts (like the trial and the crucifixion) might be a little too gruesome and violent for little eyes to see. Still, I think everyone else – seriously, EVERYONE ELSE- should see this movie.
And you can see it right now on Netflix. There’s even a Spanish version available. I’ve been talking about this movie to everyone for a couple of weeks now. I can’t recommend it highly enough. You need to watch it. Go to Netflix now!
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
— John 1:1
About the film and the project:
FOUR GOSPELS. FOUR FILMS. ONE JESUS STORY. FOR EVERYONE.
The Lumo Project is a ground breaking, multi-language biblical film resource transforming the way we discover, study and engage with the life of Jesus through the four New Testament Gospels: redefining the standard of visual Biblical media. The Lumo Project presents four films – one for each Gospel account – that will revolutionize the way we all experience the story of Jesus and the world of First Century Palestine in which he lived.
THE GOSPEL OF JOHN
The Gospel of John takes the story of Jesus from John’s gospel with its own unique characteristics. For John, Jesus is the Word of God made human. John is clear that that when encounter Jesus, we encounter God. The gospel writer points to the miracles (the ‘Signs’) and teachings as evidence of Jesus’ special relationship as the divine Son of God.
This full-length feature film about the life of Jesus takes the actual Gospel text as its script, word for word, unedited. Five years in the making, this epic production has been critically acclaimed by leading religious scholars as a unique and highly authentic telling of the Jesus story. Narrated by leading British actor David Harewood (‘Homeland’, ‘Blood Diamond’, ‘Merchant of Venice’) it is based on the latest theological, historical and archaeological research. With specially constructed sets and the extraordinarily authentic villages and countryside of rural Morocco, it immerses the viewer in the world of first century Palestine.
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