The Gospel of John (2003)
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Veteran British filmmaker Philip Saville directs the religious epic The Gospel of John, a production of the Canadian company Visual Bible International. This three-hour drama attempts to accurately follow the Gospel According to John, written sometime during the first century. The gospel contains four segments: an introduction to the nature of Jesus Christ; testimony by disciples and the presence of miracles; the Last Supper and crucifixion; and the appearance of the risen Christ. Henry Ian Cusick plays Jesus and Christopher Plummer provides voice-over narration. The Gospel of John was shown in a special presentation at the 2003 Toronto Film Festival. … More
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Critic Reviews for The Gospel of John
It's a straightforward, unimaginative narrative, and thus not very memorable.
The sad truth is that director Philip Saville and writer John Goldsmith have made a picture book rather than a film, one that leans so heavily on Christopher Plummer's placid voice-over narration as to be cinematically inert.
Events unfold as chronological vignettes, and there's little room for screenwriter John Goldsmith to reimagine scenes to mine their full dramatic potential.
I found this Gospel long, dull and, for the most part, acted without apparent inspiration.
Although it might test the patience of the non-believer, for those who take their Christianity seriously, this probably is worth seeing.
Audience Reviews for The Gospel of John
This is the most beautiful film about Jesus that i´ve seen.
Because it honors the text, I give it the highest possible rating. Critics who claim it fails because it does not re-interpret do so because they do not respect the words of a Gospel revered by millions across millenia. I watched it again and again, not because of the quality of acting or sets but because it presents the extraordinary words which can never be matched by a modern re-imagining.
The Gospel of John movie is based on the writings from the New Testament. If tells about the life and teachings of Jesus Christ from the eyes of John the disciple. The film goes hand in hand with the scriptural writing of the Gospel of John. A huge difference between all the gospels and Johns was that he didn't focus on the birth of Christ at the beginning but with the creation of the world. Then moving onto the miracles and teachings of Jesus and his disciples.
The film skipped the nativity scene, which refers to the birth of Jesus from the Virgin Mary. John the Baptist his testimony to the Messiah coming, was another key part to the film. It was him that baptized Jesus, which was a key aspect to the Christianity because even Christ was baptized which shows there isn't any man who doesn't need baptism for spiritual salvation.
The Jews were outraged by the teaching Jesus and claimed that he was teaching false beliefs. This made the Jewish rulers to force the Roman rulers to have Jesus brought before them. The Romans knew that if they failed to listen to the people it would put extreme pressure on them. Therefore they gave the people what they wanted, Jesus crucified.
There are many connections between this film and world religions. This is a Christianity film, Christianity is a growing religion and is the largest religion in the world today. The gospel of John is a book of scripture that is in the Bible, all Christians except the Bible therefore the gospel of John is taught regularly. I really felt like the film and the gospel of John are very in tune with each other. It is a great film for those to learn the key aspects about Christ, if you're a known believer.
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