The Nativity Story Reviews
I finally sat down and watched it (not much better to do when one can't sleep a day or two after Christmas)..truth is...this actually isn't too bad. It's not a great movie, but it's decent enough, and worth a watch once in a while.
Tjis is actually a quite faithful and thoughtful take on the story of the birth of Jesus Christ. It's powerful, and moving, and all of that sentimental stuff, but that doesn'ty take away from the fact that even then, it's got some good camera work (although I wish the film didn't look so washed out), okay performances, and is very accessible. Also, there's a lot of great anthropological/cultural/historical type stuff on display, and not only is it done well, I was surprised it was there (in a good way).
This is no masterpiece, but it does the story justice.
Episode #1: The Nativity Story
It's the last day of November and people around the world are preparing for the Christmas season. I am to and welcome to Christmas Movie Review Mania! I will be writing reviews of Christmas movies up until the big day. This won't be a daily thing. To start off, I will review a film that promotes the true meaning of Christmas: The Nativity Story.
The film is a retelling of Mary and Joseph story. Despite the fact that Mary is a virgin, God makes her the mother of Jesus Christ. Her and her arranged husband, Joseph travel to Bethlehem in order to pay their taxes and give birth to the child as well. Meanwhile, the Wise Men are on their way to meet the child and King Herod make a plan to massacre baby boys and the Son of God himself.
The cinematography is amazing and realistic and Catherine Hardwickes's direction (she also helmed Twilight) is wonderful. The acting is good. I don't see why many critics hated it. Mary's actress added much emotion into her character. Oscar Isaac was awesome as Joseph. The supporting cast delivers as well. A beautiful film that everyone needs to see this season. I mean it!
"I wonder if I will even be able to teach him anything."
God blesses you.
The Nativity Story tells the story of Jesus' birth. Mary, whom is Jesus' mother, was forced by her father at a young age to marry a man named Joseph. Mary was not happy about marring Joseph, who she claimed was a man she barely knew. One day while Mary was alone and praying, an angel came upon her, and told her that she would conceive a child of the Lord and she shall name him Jesus'. Mary was then told that her own cousin Elizabeth had also conceived at her old age, bearing a great child of the Lord, who would be named John.
Mary decided to visit her cousin Elizabeth, and while she was gone she became noticeably pregnant. When Mary returned home her family and husband were shocked and upset. Mary told them of the angel that had come to her, and that she is still pure. Joseph spoke up and said that he would not accuse Mary of sinning against him, because Mary would then be stoned to death. It was then that night while Joseph was sleeping that an angel appeared to him in his dream and told him that his wife was still pure, and she was indeed caring the Lords child, whom they will name Jesus. The angel told Joseph that the child was sent to deliver his people of their suffering.
A few days later is when everyone was directed by King Harold for census purposes, to return to their birthplace with their family members. Mary and Joseph set out for their 100 mile journey to Bethlehem. Upon arriving to Bethlehem, Mary went into labor. Joseph found a manger and this is the place Jesus' was born. A star shinned brightly over the manger, and an angel appeared to all the people telling them of their new king that has been born, and that he was her to save them.
The Nativity Story relates to world religion, by displaying many connections with Christianity. In Chapter 11, it tells us of the birth of Jesus', and how he was born to a virgin. The chapter tells us the Jesus' was sent to deliver his people from their sins against his father God. The movie tells of the birth of Jesus', and the reasoning of why he was born. The chapter explains to us that Jesus' was born as the human form of God. The movie also told us of this great child that was born to display all forms of God as a human. I believe that this movie displayed a great viewing of the journeys that Joseph and Mary faced to fulfill the prophecy given to them by God.
The movie also tells us of the prophetic figure John who was born to Mary's cousin Elizabeth. The movie tells us that John was also conceived by the Lord sending him to be birthed by Elizabeth. John is known in the chapter as, John the Baptist, he was sent to warn of God's imminent judgment, and John called all sinners to repent of their sins and to be baptized in water as a sign of spiritual cleansing.
The beginning of the movie starts off by showing Mary and Joseph being betrothed to each other. It shows the angel coming to Mary and speaking of her pregnancy and that she was carrying the son of God. The movie also shows the angel coming to Joseph and explaining to him that he should still take Mary as his wife. This movie shows the struggles that Mary encounters from her being pregnant before her and Joseph are officially together.
The movie also follows Mary and Joseph into Bethlehem, the birth place of Joseph, which is where they must go for the census. One of the great things about the movie is that it follows their journey and shows that it was not an easy trip for Joseph to make with his pregnant wife. The conditions of the weather and the road they had to take definitely show this as being a difficult journey and not the easy one many people picture in their minds.
I have to say that this movie does follow closely with the teachings in the Bible. From my studies in my World Religions class, it is safe to say this movie tried to follow the event as closely as possible to the truth. The movie shows the hardships that would have occurred, as well as the miracle of the birth. It also does a good job of defining Mary and Joseph as special people that were chosen to take on this task. Overall, this movie did a very good job of capturing the biblical story of Jesus' birth.
This movie is a great portrayal of the classic Christian story of Mary, Joseph and Jesus. The one and only Son of the Lord. Christians know Jesus as their savior, the one who God gave to die for the Sins of all people. The movie shows the greed and power of the King of Jerusalem, Showing the journey of the 3 Wise Men that brought the gifts to the savior, the Shepard that helped Mary stay warm, the struggles of Mary and Joseph and their commitment to God, and the son of the Lord. A wonderful story of the reason for and the birth of Jesus.
The movie relate Christ, the birth of Jesus and the way he was born into the world. To follow the star, which was seen and this was the waiting time for God's king when Jesus was born. All of this involve people religion today about God.The bible does mention how Jesus was born. Watching the movie gave a better understanding of his birth. It was said that "John, son would be the prophet" and stand on the sacred mountain to be held'.
Mary had a hard time understanding at first, why her mother and father was trying to marry her so young and fast to a man she hardly knew. She didn't love this man and was confused and upset by this. The parents did explain to her abut this marriage. They felt it was time for her, the family had too many people and was crowded. Mary left and went for a walk, the angel came to speak to Mary. She was told by the angel that she will conceived a son named Jesus. It was a shock to her because she haven't been with a man. Mary wanted to leave to visit her cousin Elizabeth for awhile, she will return to Joseph when she get back. Elizabeth was an older woman and was also carrying a child. They were so happy to see each other and both was pregnant at the same time. they shared the experience of the bay moving and were so exited. Now it was time for Elizabeth to give birth to a baby boy. After Mary visit she return to home with her husband. She had to tell her family about the baby she was carrying. They were not happy to hear the news and didn't believe her at first about the angel talking to her. Joseph was really hurt and knew the child wasn't his. How was he going to explain this to people. He decided to go through with it. Later it was time for Joseph and Mary to leave. They left for the long journey and had breaks in between to rest. Mary finally was ready to give birth to their son name Jesus. The men that was on their journey to follow the star, eventually did see the star when Jesus was born. The men all gave a gift to Jesus after reaching the destination and made a promise not to tell anyone about this, just keep it to themselves.