Friday, February 28, 2014
Movie Review: Son of God - PG13
Most of us are familiar with the life of Jesus in the New Testament, and as shown in movies, but there is something very special about how He is portrayed by Diogo Morgado. It's the subtleties like a facial expression, a look in the eyes, or tone of voice that make Diogo's portrayal so realistic and so moving. I felt closer to the person of Jesus, his humanity, both during and after the movie. I especially liked how he reacted in the temple, when he overturned the moneychangers' tables.
As I watched Son of God, I couldn't help but compare the passion scenes to those portrayed in the Passion of the the Christ, perhaps because it is among the most recent of movies about Jesus. Passion of of the Christ used more intense brutality to convey the horror of Jesus' passion, but there was somehow more realism to those scenes in Son of God.
I think Judas was portrayed as too sympathetic, almost as a victim, as if he were duped by the High Priest to whom he betrayed Jesus. He spent a good part of the movie complaining and questioning Jesus, so it feels like he was moving toward the betrayal for a while.
Peter was portrayed just right: he wanted to be strong after Jesus called him Rock ("and upon this Rock I will build my Church"), but felt a lot of guilt over denying Him. I found the scene where Jesus first called Peter to join Him particularly entertaining :)
Roma Downey was good as Mary and was as distraught as you'd expect from a mother whose Son was being scourged and crucified.
My favorite scene was the ascension, and how Jesus' Disciples were emboldened by His resurrection and ascension: Peter announces "We have work to do!"
I strongly encourage everyone to see Son of God, especially so close to Lent. It will bring you closer to Jesus.