The Gospel of John (Visual Bible)
The Gospel of John, the best-loved of the four Gospels, vividly comes to life in a faithful and powerful dramatization of the Biblical text. The Gospel of John meticulously re-creates the era of Jesus during a tumultuous period that changed the course of history. Starring Henry Ian Cusick as Jesus, and narrated by Christopher Plummer, and with a cast of over 2500, The Gospel of John has been adapted for the screen, word for word, based on the American Bible Society’s Good News Bible, by Emmy-nominated John Goldsmith and is directed by acclaimed British director, Philip Saville.
This is an incredible dramatized version of the Gospel of John. This is one of those films in which the ingredients mix well. The story to begin with is the greatest story ever told and then to mix it with a solid performance by Henry Ian Cusick as Jesus, along with Christopher Plummer as the narrator, and factor in the beautiful cinematography, which includes some nice double images, and some stirring music-well, the viewer’s eyes and ears are treated to a feast. This is the best Biblical story I have seen on Jesus in terms of the film lining up with scripture. Indeed, it is a verse by verse filmed story of the Gospel of John.
The thorns on Jesus head along with the resulting blood, as well as the crucifixion is done in a fairly straightforward way, and although there obviously is blood it is not gratuitous. Still, it might be a bit much for children under the age of twelve. Jesus is also seen bleeding as a result of the crown of thorns and a spear is plunged into his side with a gaping hole being clearly viewed. We recommend this film for ages twelve and above, but we definitely recommend it. It is a quality project and worthy of five doves.