Son of God movie review

tn_3636_sonofgod-1393516440Bringing the timeless story of the Bible to screen is no small feat. Son of God revitalizes the narratives in the Bible in a way that is gritty, epic, powerful, and relatable. The movie is a snippet of the 2013 mini-series “The Bible,” which had over 27 million viewers. Son of God focuses on the life of Jesus, from his humble beginnings of the Nativity to his resurrection from the grave. The love of Jesus personally moves me as he reaches out to the sinners and the sick, staying one step ahead of the Pharisees. I found myself close to tears in the scenes where Jesus demonstrates his unconditional love and forgiveness for his people, time and time again.

Every performance is simply phenomenal. The actors allow themselves to be completely vulnerable—I can practically read their emotional internal dialogue on their faces. The setting and costume design transport me to the historical time when the Romans ruled Jerusalem. The rich score is gorgeous and matches perfectly with every scene, sometimes an ethereal voice singing, and other times a drum beating to the sounds of battle. The pacing of the movie is seamless, never too rushed or too slow.

Every detail is so unforgettably clear on screen, from the creases of smile lines to the whip marks on Jesus’ back. There is a reason why this movie is rated PG-13—the brutality of the soldiers under Pontius Pilate is, at times, violently shocking, especially in the crowd massacres and the crucifixion of Christ. Even so, the intensity of those scenes adds and never detracts from the overall movie.Son of God matches the scope and scale of the Bible through diligent cinematography, fast-paced action, sensational actors, and an unparalleled score. Like Maya Angelou tweeted, “[Son of God] gives life to stories that have shaped our world and shaped my life,” this is a must-see movie that will inspire and move families around the world. Ages 10+


About Cassandra Hsiao

Cassandra Hsiao is a senior at OCSA (Orange County School of the Arts). Her work has been nationally recognized by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and National Student Poets Program. She has been chosen as finalists of playwriting competitions held by California Young Playwrights, The Blank Theatre, Writopia Labs, and Princeton University. Her poetry, essays and reviews have appeared in TeenReads, Jet Fuel Review, Feminine Inquiry, Aerie International and more. She also conducts print and on-camera interviews as a Star Reporter and Film Critic for multiple online outlets. She won a National Gracie Award in Student Online Video Host Category by The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation .

Posted on February 27, 2014, in Movie Reviews, Star Rapture Blog. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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