Hollywood has done it! They have finally created a cinematic epic that stays true to the Bible AND respects the intelligence of its audience. The crew helmed by Director Kevin Reynolds (The Count of Monte Cristo & Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves) and cast starring Joseph Fiennes (Shakespeare in Love) and Tom Felton (Harry Potter series) are ace.
FYI: Minor spoilers pepper this review.
|Joseph Fiennes as Clavius.|
"I have seen two things which cannot reconcile: A man dead without question, and that same man alive again. I pursue Him, the Nazarene, to ferret the truth." - ClaviusSo in this new telling of the forty days between Yeshua's resurrection and ascension, we follow a non-believer (Clavius) who doubles as inquisitor and crime scene investigator as he seeks out the truth. As Joseph Fiennes said:
“Clavius represents the everyman. We’re all on a hunt, theological or not. We’re all on some form of investigation or discovery.”
Some will automatically compare this latest fare with old Hollywood's takes on the tale as told by a Roman perspective, such as The Robe (1953) and Ben Hur (1959). And in many ways they would be right. There were no uncomfortable moments of squirming in our seats while we felt preached at and the focus was on Yeshua's joy and love for all men.
We need more love and joy in this world and this film will bring a smile to your face with winning performances by supporting cast such as a delightful Stephen Hogan (Bartholomew) and a beautiful Margaret Jackman (Miriam) and Stewart Scudamore (Peter) who speak of Yeshua's love and compassion and disinterest in political revolt. It's a great reminder and hopefully will bring joy, love and faith into everyone's lives that see it this Lenten season.
So grab your tickets and lets be encouraged!
Release Date: 19 February 2016 (United States/Canada), 18 March 2016 (United Kingdom)
Rating: PG-13 (for Biblical violence including some disturbing scenes)
Distributed by Columbia Pictures & LD Entertainment
God bless us all!