Not "A"... but "THE" Christmas Movie... (by smod1)
The movie was in a rough-cut stage, so I can not wait to see the finishing touches! I really had no idea what to expect and even though the movie was in a rough-cut... I was well pleased with what I saw. I do know that when I walk out of the theatre I felt as if I had been on a journey back to Biblical days. The characters were so real, a wonderful job done by each actor! Oscar Isaac played a great Joseph. Oscar's heart can be seen in the character of Joseph, it is what makes Joseph so real! Keisha Castle-Hughes plays Mary and although I do not have but a daughter-in-law, I could feel the <more>
emotions of Mary's parents, as if it where my own daughter! I walked away having been a part of Joseph and Mary's family... I was a Shepherd in the field on that Holy Night... I traveled with the wise men and enjoyed their humor! The Story, of the birth of Jesus, has lived in my heart for many years and now... for years to come... the story will live in my mind! Stephen Modawell - Arlington, Texas
Only one word can sum up this movie and that word is AWESOME!!! I was lucky enougth to see a preview screening this morning and when it had finished I was just filled with joy and felt great, this film captures the nativity fantastically and extremely accurate too, it also depicts the emotion, the hope, the awesomeness of God and much more that you don't really think about when thinking about the Nativity. This is a powerful movie. I recommend this to anyone and everyone. Seriously I could only say one word when I came out of the screening and that as I said was the word Awesome, I was <more>
blown away. If you see one film this December, then this is the film to see! This is what Christmas is all about!
As I write this I am aware that the vote is averaging 6.3. If you could see my voting record you would know that I do not give a high vote easily. So why do I see this so differently than many of you. Is it because I am a devout Christian? I did not give the PAssion of the Christ a very high rating. So i feel that I can be even handed in seeing this as what it is.1. I think that Ciaran Hinds played Herod as well as I have ever seen. The paranoia, and menace came through so well.2. I think Elliot Davis' cinematography was beautiful. It made me feel that I was in a renaissance painting.3. I <more>
was moved emotionally - which is not true of the Passion of the Christ movie.4. The parts of the movie that were based on the Biblw were accurate - although I wished they had shown a choir of the heavenly host.5. The parts of the movie that were based on conjecture or Catholic traditions were well thought out. I enjoyed the use of the Wise Men as comic relief.I believe this movie so far is highly underrated.Adny Smith
This is no low budget attempt at portraying the Biblical account (by carl-stubblefield)
This is no low budget made for TV, direct to DVD, or "preaching to the choir" type film. Quite the contrary. Like Mel Gibson's The Passion, The Nativity Story delivers the quality acting, cinematography, musical score, special effects, direction, sound, production, etc. we've grown accustomed to receiving from the most skillful members of the Motion Picture industry.I was particularly appreciative of the way phrases in the Bible which can often be overlooked like, "Joseph...not wanting to disgrace her, planned to send her away secretly." came to life on film. We <more>
see just how they would have very likely played out in the very personal lives and communities this all took place in. I found the scene riveting when Joseph labors to come up with that initial plan to send her away, and then announces it to Mary and her parents who are there with him. Also, the courage and faith needed by Joseph and Mary to believe God took on a whole new understanding when seeing how the culture they likely lived in brought intense pressures which would have very well been cause to shrink away in fear in the face of had not they obeyed the angel's charges to "do not be afraid." A real strength of the film, I believe, was in how scenes that were straight from the Bible either used the words of the Bible practically verbatim, or at least there was just unspoken acting out the heart of the scene, with little to no unnecessary additions to the Biblical account. This, I believe, let's the Bible speak for itself for the most part and for that I send a big thank you to Mike Rich as the screenplay writer in getting to the heart of the personal lives of those involved in Jesus' conception and birth while seeking to be true to the text's original meaning. And to Catherine Hardwicke and all others involved in getting the Biblical account onto this media with all their professional skills, I say thanks as well. I'd love to see many more "Accounts" the connotation of the word "Story" weakens the impact in my mind...but that's just me from the Bible put to film by this great team assembled to produce The Nativity Story .
I liked this film. If you like traditional biblical films faithful to the Bible, this movie is for you. My opinion is that Jesus should be portrayed with respect and truthfulness which wasn't the case with Last Temptation of Christ in 1988 . In this movie he was portrayed as just as he should be.Very minor spoiler ahead The film also contained many episodes not mentioned in the Bible, but these episodes most certainly occurred with the principals in the story for instance Mary being afraid to marry a man she didn't know etc. . In this way, the film gives depth to this so familiar <more>
Far Deeper and far more realistic than previous renditions (by skotoparavich)
When it comes to biblical movies, I always look for accurate biblical and theological rendering first and foremost. But accuracy is not necessarily enjoyable. You can easily tell if a movie is low-budget or not. You can easily tell if the acting is superficial or not.This movie is different. It combines biblical accuracy with excellent acting. Each character was portrayed very correctly. I have studied the biblical characters immensely; and from what we have in the synoptic gospels, the actors brought to live those beloved characters of the bible.This is a Christian movie filled with biblical <more>
themes and messages. If you are looking for different interpretation than the biblical one, you might not like it. But if you are looking for good acting or accurate biblical rendering, you will not be disappointed.Treat yourself this Christmas to one of the most beautiful movies.
Finally, a Christmas film without Santa Clause. (by bargen)
While in Hawaii recently, I had a chance to preview The Nativity Story, in its complete form, which, surprisingly, turned out to be quite a good film. I guess as a Christian, I am going to be seen as biased. And that's fair, however as a filmmaker as well, I will say that the majority of Christian or Christian based films I have seen are quite simply lower grade movies. That's why, this one in particular was very refreshing.The story itself of course I was familiar with having grown up hearing it every Christmas time. And, surprisingly, I think it translates very well onto the screen. <more>
I was surprised at the humour they were able to bring out mainly with the Three Kings storyline and I was actually quite impressed with the movie in general. It was nice to see actors of the correct age and race. Jesus was not white, despite what some may say.The movie was not perfect, few are. It was obviously PG friendly as there were a few things that were toned down I guess babies in that day didn't have umbilical cords , but do we really need to see that? No, not really. All in all it was a very enjoyable film that hopefully makes its way as a holiday classic for years to come.
As a Catholic/Christian publisher I did not expect the integrity that the movie The Nativity Story presents. The story is produced with good taste and careful thought. At times the Scripture may be bent but it is never broken. The bends are simply to aid in the visual telling of the story and are not offensive.I found it to be very good family viewing with minimal violence and the scenes were not graphic in nature. The lesson in family love alone is worth the price of a ticket. The bonus is the lesson in faith and trust in God. I would encourage you to take children of all ages.The theology <more>
should be acceptable to all Christians. However, I did talk to one priest that had a problem with the childbirth scene. He subscribes to the theology that Mary's childbirth was not painful. I understand his theology but I disagree with it on the grounds of Jesus and Mary's humanity. Also the arrival of the Wise Men at the time of the birth though not correct does not hurt the story. Still I feel that these small problems would be a poor and unjust reason not to see, or tell others not to see this movie.Of all the versions of this story that have been done I found it to be the most inspiring and visually the most tastefully done. At last we have a great family movie that puts Christ back into Christmas.Executive Director Contemplation Corner Press
I just got back from watching a special screening of this movie and am still in awe of how the most amazing story could be so successfully and beautifully portrayed in a movie. I think every detail was thought out, from the grittiness of life in those days to the emotions of the people in response to the incredible turn of events in Mary and Joseph's life. The acting is akin to the acting in "The Passion of the Christ" in that you can sense that they became their characters in a very convincing way. There are few things that I would have done different if I had made the movie, <more>
i.e. the unglorious angel scenes and Mary's enthusiasm level. This movie definitely wasn't your usual dreary Bible story movie, and for sure not like the Esther movie "One Night With The King" which I found to be lacking in quality acting and scripting. I believe this story was far more of a challenge for Hollywood as it is the story of stories and I think they met this challenge with spades.