Escape to the Movies: Son of God

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Son of God

MovieBob checks out this slimmed down movie version of The History Channel's The Bible mini-series.

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As a Christian, this movie and the intent behind it just makes me think "God I hate Christians" Nice bit at the beginning though.

Admittedly I come here for an opinion more so than humor, but damn that was funny.

"Jesus the VERY first Avenger"

CAN SOMEONE MAKE THIS HAPPEN!?

Just saw the first commercial for this yesterday during the Vikings premiere, and I was thoroughly confused. Glad to know that this is just the recut miniseries, and not a full-fledged Jesus movie I somehow missed for months on end.

Does anyone else want to see a movie based on the Apostles? Christ is Risen and gone to heaven, and they are charged with going forth and preaching His message with their human faith no longer buoyed by His presence. I think it could be a really great character drama, and you can have fancy special effects for things like the Conversion of Saul/Paul.

Funny review an' all, but I can't tell you how little I care about this movie or any movie like this. Probably wouldn't have even heard of it if it wasn't for this review.

It'd totally be awesome for Jesus to be in the Avengers though. Someone definitely needs to make that.

I actually saw part of this mini-series, back when it was on The History channel! I thought it was interesting. didn't think they'd theatrically release it though...

Also, this is the first time I've heard of this "Pixels" thing...

Ben-Hur probably is the best version of Jesus put to film. Until the ending: Literal (I'm not abusing that word) Deus Ex Machina much. Fuck that movie.

Jesusploitation, just as tasteless as Brucesploitation and twice as tacky.
Good intro though Bob, you had me going there for a minute lol!

My parents watched The Bible last year and tried to get me to watch it. I went to bed because I had to work that night. /csb

I'd really like a good new movie to come out now please. I've seen The Lego Movie.

You know I'd like to see the Jesus story told from a non-mythological perspective, portraying his life as a series of incidents that while not supernatural, some might exaggerate to the point that when someone got around to writing his tale a century or more later it comes out sounding like he's got super powers. I'd like to see him portrayed as something of a rabble-rouser, definitely aimed at doing good but ultimately merely human and burdened by his frustrations with the corruption running society around him until ultimately he's labelled a criminal and suffers a brutal execution at the hands of the wealthy elite who are the heart of the corruption and want to make an example of him. This kind of 1% vs. Jesus idea would strike a few chords these days and while I'm sure those who defend the privilege of the wealthy to push others around won't see it that way, maybe we'll get a few of those bible-thumping activists to stop pretending that their "faith" gives them the right to exploit capitalism to the detriment of others with this "we need God in government" crap.

The intro more than made up for the terrible movie. The part about Ultron etc. funny as.

Was this the only new release this week? Good grief, how much longer till the good stuff starts back up again!?!

I have to agree with something others have already expressed here: As a Christian, I can't help but feel that something like this (which stinks of an obvious cash grab) is just wrong. I think I'd have more respect for the filmmakers if they'd announced before release that all of the proceeds were going to charity.

Also FWIW, MovieBob, I agree that Ben-Hur might very well be the best version of the Gospel made by Hollywood.

Really? There was nothing to see this weekend other than this drek that made the cut other than this? You couldn't even do a "why the Robocop reboot is bad Part II?"

*Sighs and watches the video*

Wow... So they they made a highlights reel for a terrible TV miniseries and released it as a feature movie that somehow was even worse? Oh Christian filmmakers, you never fail to disappoint...

so.. they just cut a chunk out of the History channel show to stitch/Frankenstein together a movie to cash grab? wow... This is pretty stumbling... (As a Christ follower) Head desk...

Thunderous Cacophony:
Just saw the first commercial for this yesterday during the Vikings premiere, and I was thoroughly confused. Glad to know that this is just the recut miniseries, and not a full-fledged Jesus movie I somehow missed for months on end.

Does anyone else want to see a movie based on the Apostles? Christ is Risen and gone to heaven, and they are charged with going forth and preaching His message with their human faith no longer buoyed by His presence. I think it could be a really great character drama, and you can have fancy special effects for things like the Conversion of Saul/Paul.

Could be really interesting, but there is a much higher chance whatever plot or drama it would have would be hijacked by a christian apologist agenda either during of after release and we would end up with a propaganda-piece masquerading as art.
For example, in your idea the apostles' faith would be tested because Jesus's presence no longer anchors them. This would be a very interesting concept, but it will never fly because it would require the movie being ambiguous about the existence of God and Jesus being the messiah we know him today (otherwise there would be no crisis of faith), which would never ever be accepted by the studio execs since they make this movie to sell it to the christian Average Joe who would be alienated by the very concept (or, at the least, they would think so).

I could see it happen in an indie-film though...

At least the History Channel still occasionally uses the reality TV/panderfest money to make a Russia: Land of the Tsars or get involved with Bonnie and Clyde. You just have to put up with this stuff while they pay the bills.

So really, having this stuff out there is a small price to pay for the channel to not go *full* TLC on us.

REligion is waste of time and cash as well so i guess this movie captures that part of the deal.

Why "Son of God" this week and "Pompii" last week. "The Wind Rises" hit limited release last week, and wide release this week. Surely one of those 2 movies could have been dropped in favor of a Miyazaki release.

This looks like one seriously sad and disposable film.

@The Gentleman: That's more of a Big Picture episode...I think. Probably.

@SnakeOilSage: I think what you've described was done quite well in The Life Of Brian. Except he's not Jesus, he's...well, Brian.

As a Christian, I like how Bob handled this. Kept his review professional and judged the movie as it is, not as a religious soapbox to preach one way or another. I was curious how it would turn out.

OT: Yea I didn't plan on seeing this anyway. Knowing it's a cash-in for TV miniseries is just extra motivation. This just embarrasses me as a Christian. When people try to use religion as a cash grab is just awful.

At least Passion offered a different, more realistic look at Jesus' suffering. At least it was trying to say something besides "Hey, it's Jesus! Give us your money!"

The problem with 'the faith ticket' is well... it's done on faith. You don't have to make anything approaching decent if you just say "Buy this or Satan wins at the box office"

Going waaaaaay off topic (because this film is boring as fuck) Interestingly the Church, especially in Europe, would defend some films that you would be really surprised by. Some ranking members of the Catholic Church were actually rather supportive of the Ken Russel film "The Devils" and if you watch Mark Kermode's fascinating documentary about the film you will see a catholic Bishop sounding his support for a scene known as "The Rape of Christ" because it matches historical accounts of the period and is inter-cut with an actual communion (watch the documentary, the stance of the church intellectuals is actually quite fascinating)

I thought Bob was going for a superman joke, another thing I'm a non believer about. they way superman fans talk about the guy sound like any other religion to me.

SnakeoilSage:
You know I'd like to see the Jesus story told from a non-mythological perspective, portraying his life as a series of incidents that while not supernatural, some might exaggerate to the point that when someone got around to writing his tale a century or more later it comes out sounding like he's got super powers. I'd like to see him portrayed as something of a rabble-rouser, definitely aimed at doing good but ultimately merely human and burdened by his frustrations with the corruption running society around him until ultimately he's labelled a criminal and suffers a brutal execution at the hands of the wealthy elite who are the heart of the corruption and want to make an example of him. This kind of 1% vs. Jesus idea would strike a few chords these days and while I'm sure those who defend the privilege of the wealthy to push others around won't see it that way, maybe we'll get a few of those bible-thumping activists to stop pretending that their "faith" gives them the right to exploit capitalism to the detriment of others with this "we need God in government" crap.

there's a book I don't remember the title of where jesus is just a psyc student who fell into a time machine.

I think the transition could have been better managed with the sound of a phone ringing and us only hearing your side of the conversation. But otherwise I found it pretty funny.

I wonder or it's possible to make a Jesus movie that non-Christians can enjoy, I guess there's always life of Brian.

"And yea did the Apostles yell on high, "We are VR!" Satan's minions thence shook in fear at the Apostle's now metallic visage." Clearly, there needs to be more biblical/nerd culture cross overs, the hilarity.

OT: When this mini-series was first announced last year, my awful cinema senses were at full tingle and they were not wrong. At least how I saw it, the Jesus half of the series was the weakest portion of an already incredibly weak series -- so of course that's recut into a movie.

Well, we've got "Noah" coming up... that one has Russel Crowe in it, so it has to be good, right? RIGHT?!

But Jesus was an Avenger, his name was Daimon Hellstrom, never mind he was just a Defender.

Not surprised to hear that the production values were kind of crappy, I mean it was a TV miniseries for a cable network. Also, never heard of this movie which means Lego Movie is most likely #1 at the box office again which is awesome (Emmet truly was god's chosen).

Um... Bob... regarding your second end credit message...

Have you actually sat down and watched the original Godzilla from 1954? Because, yeah, the series as a whole may have diminished into the silly, the original movie (which the new one purports to be following the lead on) is an entirely different beast compared to what came after it (no pun intended... oh, who am I kidding? Pun very much intended).

I'm quite disturbed by how perfectly shaped and bright the teeth are in this film. I know it's actors but really, they didn't have amazing dental care back then.

That bit at the beginning was pretty good, I thought you were being serious until you brought up the Avengers. Shame the film looks like it'll suck but oh well, we do have better films in it's history.

Actually what would Jesus bring to the Avengers if he was there...

Approximation of powers [thru google search]:
Healing, necromancy, or the White Mage
Expert Carpenter
Telepathy demonstrated when he got all those fish
Hydrokinetic demonstrated by controlling the ocean tides and his ability to walk on water
Weather control [after his disciples were panicking he got up and told the storm to put a lid on it]
Plant control [he told a out of season fig tree to never make anymore figs]
Self Revival
Transmutation
Wields a Flame sword mentioned in Revelations atop a flying horse

*dammit double post, srry

The intro was amazing.

About the movie.
Ough, again with the romans in lorica segmenta made out of leather. Is a one movie using the lorica hamata too much to ask? Or at least a segmenta made out of steel? Jeez.
I just recently learned about that movies existence from a friend of mine who just linked me the trailer and said "rooting for rome". Didn't plan to see it anyway. I'm glad I don't miss anything.

Also:
I think we can all agree that there is only one truly great Jesus movie.

What is it with movies these days? Or what is it with MovieBob schedule, for that matters?

I get that with the Oscars just around the corner, the release schedule is poorer than ever, but... first Pompeii, now Son of God and then Noah? Where there no screenings of Non-Stop near you, Bob? Did you thought we wouldn't be interested in Wind Rises?

Its almost like they are taking advantage of the calendar to release every single epic religious movie they couldn't remake from the 50s.

Eh, I still think Geoffrey Hunter did the best Jesus I've ever seen on film, with a respectable runner-up going to Willem DaFoe

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