Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter Source:
Bridgestone Multimedia Group
Gayle Bedall, Claudio Brook, Guillermo Murray
An inspirational adaptation of the greatest story ever told, follows the life of Jesus from his birth through childhood and in to manhood where his special message of love and forgiveness changes the world. But not all become followers and his life on Earth ends brutally – however, this ultimate sacrifice, followed by his resurrection and ascension revealed him to the world as the one true Son of God.
This is a nice dramatization of the life of Jesus, featuring his birth, ministry, miracles, crucifixion and resurrection. It is told with reverence and care. Featured are Mary and Joseph and his disciples as well as King Herod and Pilate. The movie opens with the creation from the book of Genesis and concludes with the Lord's Prayer following Jesus' resurrection. Between this we see His raising of Lazarus, the cleansing of the leper and the healing of the blind man as well as His cleansing of the temple with a whip and overturning the moneychangers' tables. We also hear His teachings including the Sermon on the Mount.
The music is appropriate too. We are pleased to award this movie our Dove "Family-Approved" Seal for all ages. "The Nativity" intends to honor the Lord and it shows.
Content Description: Sex: None Language: "My God" uttered in prayer. Violence: John the Baptist is beheaded although it is heard and not seen; Jesus is whipped and crucified but little blood is seen, mainly on his forehead from a crown of thorns; an earthquake following the death of Jesus. Drugs: The drinking of wine in a few scenes. Nudity: Man and woman seen in loin cloth; shirtless men; cleavage; woman's bare midriff seen as she dances. Other: Jesus takes a whip to the greedy moneychangers; in a strange reversal of scripture a rich old ruler comes to Jesus wanting to learn how to inherit eternal life instead of a rich young ruler.