Films for Easter: Miracle Maker

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In readiness for Easter I wanted to share a few of my favorite Easter films worth watching these next few weeks. Previously I mentioned Lion of Judah and today we continue with another animation (clay animation).

#2 – Miracle Maker (Amazon Prime/DVD)

The Casting: A+

If you’ve followed my blog for a while you’ve probably heard me rave on and on about Ralph Fiennes and the fabulous Anglo-Russian claymation/animation feature length film, Miracle Maker.

Artwork: A+

The stop motion artwork is EXCELLENT with great facial features and scenic detail.

The Story/Script: A+

The vocal cast starring Ralph Fiennes as Jesus and Rebecca Callard as Jarius’ daughter is top notch delivering realistic emotion and passion.

For instance, two of my favorite moments in the film are when Jesus sobs over John the Baptist (not a common scene in many Biblical films) and sighs audibly when the Pharisees call him out of the crowd to ask another loaded question.

And lets not even mention the time when Satan (in one of the few hand drawn animated cartoons) tempts Jesus to run away from the Garden of Gethsemane — goosies!!

How Scary?

The scariest scene involves a demonically possessed Mary Magdalene whom Jesus saves. Again, expect goosies!!

Parents – feel free to see this clip on YouTube before watching the movie with your kids to determine if it’s too much for them.

Overall Conclusion:

This likely is one of the best depictions of Jesus as Son of Man.

There’s no “preaching” nor “thumping of the Bible” which means this is a fabulous choice to show your friends and family this Easter season.

Instead of focusing on one gospel the story weaves stories from all gospels in addition to creating vignettes showing Jesus’ humanity such as laughing over lunch with Lazarus and the disciples over simple day to day topics.

And how often do you see Jesus in films laughing and smiling?

In this gorgeous retelling Jesus is full of mirth and humor and depth. He is the Son of God sent to die for our sins but he is also still 100% man and that comes through in this great feature film.

So please do yourself a favor and watch Miracle Maker this Easter Season. You won’t regret it.

Directors: Derek Hayes and Stanislav Sokolov

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Updated: April 2020. Sadly the movie is currently NOT available for rent/purchase on Amazon Prime Video. But you can buy the DVD.


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4 Comments

  1. caglechick87

    March 25, 2018 at 3:58 am

    I love the fact that it explains the real meaning of Easter without all the Bible thumbing. I tried one with the thumping in it last year and it scared my daughters. I will give this one a try

  2. Anonymous

    March 25, 2018 at 4:02 am

    This is definitely worth-watching!! I have always watched The Bible every easter which lighten me up after watching.

  3. Bryan

    March 25, 2018 at 4:20 am

    What you point out is true and not something I've really thought about- Jesus as portrayed in movies is always extremely serious. You don't see him laugh or act like a real person. This depiction sounds like a refreshing change

  4. Demelza Shaw

    March 27, 2018 at 4:17 am

    Great list of films for Easter!And Great post. I actually just a produced a little short film for NZ band City of Light and it has been shared by someone I know in preparation for Easter as it focuses on the fathers heart in the midst of dark times. It's a abstract retelling of the prodigal son. Here is the link if you are interested https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gHA0rG36-8

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