Caught a few items of interest for The Nativity Story movie now out. It definitely looks worth catching.
One of the aspects that caught my interest was in the brief depiction of Joseph’s struggle with the situation. A couple of TV reviewers noted that his role was well done, especially in regard to the struggle with him needing faith to deal with the situation over Mary’s more assured position on the matter. While the movie is reportedly done very reliably to the Biblical version of the story, I’m a little curious how that meshes with Matthew 18-25 … which you’d have to think gave him a bit more assurance on the situation.
Another moment was an airing of “The Making Of …” video on HBO. Interesting backstories on a lot of the filmmaking. Of particular interest is the fact that they had a few problems filming on location due to such modern inconveniences as power lines being visible all over the place. Solution? Apparently three distinct villages were recreated in full.
The film is put out by the same folks who did The Passion. What looks like a bit of a letdown is that there’s little usage of special effects to give the story new illumination. Though some derided Mel Gibson’s overly-violent beating of Christ, it at least gave new insight into the aspect of Christ’s suffering. There’s reportedly little by way of comparison in this movie, meaning it sinks or swims on the strength of the storytelling and portrayal. On that count, it looks to be an open subject as to whether the movie succeeds. Bible Films Blog appears to find it an uneven production. Frederica Matthewes-Green, however, has a few more positives from a viewing. If you happen to catch it, let me know what you think. It’s on my to-do list for the week.
In the meantime, the trailer for the movie is this week’s YouTube Tuesday entry. Enjoy …