"Son of God" Movie Review: 2 1/2 Stars
by Roger Moore
But "Son of God," a big-screen version of
Their Jesus may be all business. But he sports a beatific smile as he renders unto audiences lines that feel like rough drafts of the polished poetry of the King James Bible.
"I'll give my stone to the first man who tells me he has not sinned" doesn't have the memorable ring of "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone."
It's a standard-issue Christ picture -- hitting the high points from Jesus (
Unlike "The Passion of the Christ," there's no Aramaic with English subtitles, a lot less blood and no anti-Semitism. No character feels like a caricature -- not the hypocritical Pharisee Caiaphas (
An eight-minute prologue takes us from Eve and Adam through Noah and Abraham to the biblical "present," in which the apostle John (
The settings are passable versions of ancient
Among the cast, Hicks and Shaw make the strongest impressions, with co-producer Downey ("Touched by an Angel") managing a perfectly weepy Mother Mary.
And while Morgado's Jesus suggests little of the charisma of this first "fisher of men," it is a pleasantly retro, "hippies will inherit the Earth" take on the man. The film emphasizes his role as rabbi or "teacher," and his big lessons about forgiveness, humility, compassion for the poor and wariness of the wealthy. Morgado's Portuguese accent makes him stand out from the often Brit-accented apostles, Pharisees and Romans.
Like the much-criticized TV series it is culled from, the film's main aim is to be inoffensive, and with multiple directors and screenwriters, they at least manage that. Parts of the story emphasized by the
And unlike Gibson's bloody blockbuster, this loving, forgiving son comes back long enough to remind us of why the religion, founded in his name, has endured.
MPAA rating: PG-13 (for intense and bloody depiction of the Crucifixion, and for some sequences of violence). Running time: 2:20.
"Son of God" Movie Trailer
"Son of God" is a documentary style film about faith. The film is about Jesus' life, and the powerful story that goes along with it. Diogo Morgado, who is an Oscar winner, plays Jesus