The story of Matthew’s gospel is dramatized in this NIV verse by verse presentation. Richard Kiley plays the Apostle Matthew, who narrates the story as remembrances of Jesus and his life are vividly portrayed. The film has a lot of positive elements. The actor who portrays Jesus, Bruce Marchiano, portrays a likeable, approachable Jesus with a sense of humor and a love for life. In a few scenes he smiles at the Pharisees while telling them off and even puts a friendly arm on a Pharisee’s shoulder. He smiles when he saves Peter from sinking in the sea during a storm. His portrayal of Christ during his scourging and crucifixion were very well done as he seemed to actually be suffering and in great pain.
This is a moving presentation of Matthew’s gospel, and we recommend it for ages twelve and above.