Although it has its faults .....Young Mary in love with Jesus? etc.....(and i was very worried where that was going....The film has some unusual ideas (most of which never appear in the gospels but do make interesting viewing.
For example - The film starts with a quick flash scene of Medievil Knights charging into battle shouting 'In the name of Jesus Christ'! And this is followed by a few seconds in the Trenches of World War two with a dying solider lying in blood.....hus last words 'Jesus.....Jesus....'.
Now i didn't see these ideas coming! Very original. And although the movie really slows down and the Jesus here is VERY human, there are some clever scenes with the Devil etc which made the story less predictable.
It's too far from the gospel for some people....and an American Jesus does seem a little weird. Is this film as great as Jesus Of Nazareth (1977) or 'The Gospel Of John' which was made the same year (2003) ? A fat NO of course, but it certainly has it's moments.
The only thing I didn't like was at the beginning how they portrayed Jesus as not really knowing his purpose and doubting himself... when the Bible is clear that He knew from the beginning and had an authority from the beginning that people respected. Also stuff around his Fathers death wasn't biblical and the guys judging him at the wedding - that never happened. Still overall this was very good....
The Best story ever told with the BEST ending ever!
(Altho in this one it had a random bit at the very end of the guy who acted as Jesus surrounded by Kids...not sure if that was meant to be heaven or what? )