Movie Reviews by Roger Moore
Diogo Morgado as Jesus Christ in 'Son of God'
Blame Mel Gibson if you like, but no Jesus movie these days is worth its salt without an utterly unflinching treatment of his Crucifixion. But 'Son of God,' a big-screen version of the History Channel series 'The Bible,' has a redemptive optimism about it.
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 Israel -- digital models of Jerusalem, here and there, in the middle of the arid, rock-strewn landscape.
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.
"Son of God" - 2.5 Stars
MPAA rating: PG-13 (for intense and bloody depiction of the Crucifixion, and for some sequences of violence)
Running time: 2:20.
Cast: Diogo Morgado as Jesus Christ, Darwin Shaw as Saint Simon Peter, Sebastian Knapp as Saint John, Amber Rose Revah as Mary Magdalene, Roma Downey as Mary, mother of Jesus, Leila Mimmack as Young Virgin Mary, Joe Coen as Saint Joseph, Said Bey as Saint Matthew, Matthew Gravelle as Saint Thomas, Paul Marc Davis as Simon the Pharisee, Joe Wredden as Judas Iscariot, Louise Delamere as Claudia, Simon Kunz as Nicodemus, Adrian Schiller as Caiaphas, Anas Cherin as Lazarus, Fraser Ayres as Barabbas, Greg Hicks as Pontius Pilate, Rick Bacon as Herod Antipas, Sanaa Mouziane as Martha
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About "Son of God"
"Son of God" is a documentary style film about faith. The life story of Jesus is told from his humble birth through his teachings, crucifixion, ultimate resurrection, and the powerful story that goes along with it. Diogo Morgado, who is an Oscar winner, plays Jesus.
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