“David and Goliath” features highlights of the biblical story of the young shepherd boy who conquered a giant with a slingshot, a stone, and his dependence on God. To the filmmakers’ credit, they place a disclaimer at the front of the movie, stating that the picture is inspired by the early life of King David and, “while artistic and historical license has been taken, we believe this motion picture embodies the humility, courage, and faith of David.” It does, indeed, depart at times from the biblical narrative but maintains key moments.
In the film’s version, the prophet Samuel trained David to be a warrior after God rejected Saul as king. David also has quite a battle with Goliath in this movie version, with both parties injuring the other, before David takes him out with his slingshot. However, the film does feature the biblical truth of David meeting King Saul’s daughter Michal, whom he marries, as well as the showdown with the fierce and menacing giant named Goliath, although as stated, this battle is much longer than the one in the Bible narrative.
For those who like action and fighting, this movie has a lot, including the training sequences. Unfortunately, it also has several bloody scenes, including a bloody sheep that was killed, blood seen as a result of several fights, and Goliath’s bloody head after David defeats him, not to mention David lifting Goliath’s head up after cutting it off. For these reasons, we are awarding the movie our “Faith-Based” Seal.