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Plot: Tells the story of Jesus Christ at age seven as he and his family depart Egypt to return home to Nazareth. Told from his childhood perspective, it follows young Jesus as he grows into his religious identity. Runtime: 111 mins Release Date: 11 Mar 2016
Incredibly thought provoking- what was Jesus like growing up? (by geeandrea)
This movie was fascinating. Too often, as Christians, we feel like it is wrong to imagine what Jesus was like before the Bible and history books mention him. Non-Christians sometimes equate Jesus conflict and any discussion or mention of the name is discouraged. This movie did a beautiful job of making such an interesting topic approachable. Jesus was a baby, a kid, and a teenager, like all of us. It is good the ask questions. While this movie takes creative license with details about Jesus because nobody was actually there- nobody knows, it still serves to provoke thought and imagination. <more>
This movie is interesting and entertaining, whether you are a Cheistian or not. It is not a documentary, and there are definitely things that were added and omitted this is for entertainment, not to convince people of anything. If you are looking for absolute historic, Biblical and ethnic accuracy, then please explore this topic through other avenues. The setting is breathtaking, and this is overall a very beautiful film.
A glimpse into the eyes of Innocent Love!!! (by QueerVamp20)
Take a breathtaking journey into a year in the life of "The Young Messiah". What was Jesus like as a kid? How do you explain what He went through to become who He is and was? Miracles are in this movie - A question-asking young boy who truly didn't know the power He would later use to save the souls of the Earth. Jesus is played by a beautiful young boy who is very good in his role. With his parents Mary and Joseph , they flee the town they are in. On their journey, young Jesus begins to learn and do things He doesn't quite understand at first - Jesus as a child is so <more>
amazing because even with my being a Christian, it didn't make me look at Jesus any different than I do now with respect and love - Forgiveness was yet to be known - but Jesus was more than a forgiver, even as a child - Watch what happens and go see the movie - It's worth a watch.
So, a movie about a boy who is learning to use his superpowers as he grows into a man that will be able to save thousands of innocent people in a single bound. You might think I'm talking about Superman. I'm actually talking about "Young Messiah." There's probably not a more difficult subject to undertake than a film about Jesus that doesn't rewrite scripture. So when writing about his boyhood, which occupies a mere 12 versus of the Bible, it compounds the difficulty of this task by a hundredfold. I mean, how do you represent a child who does no wrong? Who is <more>
completely perfect? What would that even look like? God only knows! But because of the high degree of difficulty it must have taken, I give the makers of this movie huge credit for the way they were able to pull off this picture. The characters were well cast, the dialogue was sharp, there were action scenes that were well-developed and the violence of Crucifixions and necessary bawdiness of a depraved king's court went far enough to tell the story but not become a distraction.This movie must be seen to be appreciated. There are some scenes that are particularly moving: the blind teacher in the temple, the threats of Satan and the village Rabbi stand out. Many of them have to do with the way the boy Jesus interacts with his elders. I was moved to tears of appreciation in several spots. Like any epic story, it enriches the experience to be immersed in the subject matter.A familiarity with the Bible and the foreshadowing of events to come just makes it better. One big draw to the casting was the child actor who played Jesus. He was confident yet respectful and kind. He portrayed the boy Jesus well. There was an appeal, I felt, to the fact that he and many of the cast spoke with a British accent.I've read a review or two that said that knowing that Jesus will live to adulthood spoils the tension. OK, when you watched Avengers or Star Wars or any such epic tale did you really think any of the main characters would die? Did that take the mystery out of the movie? Of course not! The same is true here. The antagonist form of Satan is perfectly scary. King Herrod's commands to the centurion make it seem like Jesus could be found and killed at any moment.The movie was excellent but there were small distractions resulting from rushed filming and places where I thought that scenes and dialogue could have been better developed. These are limited and I will let you decide for yourself where they might be. Still, I give this movie a solid 9 stars and I listed it as 10 here because it got such mixed reviews but it deserves better. Go see Young Messiah. It is a great movie experience not to be missed!
On seeing the new film, The Young Messiah about Jesus's life as a child, there is a couple of things that I had to keep in mind before I saw the film and afterwards too. I think these same points will be helpful for those who go to see the film as well. First off being the fact that in the four gospel accounts of Christ's life, there is really not too much mentioned about his childhood. Most of the information that the Bible gives us about his early life is related to his birth and the nativity story which most Christians, or people in general will know fairly well especially around <more>
Christmastime. The other events of his early life such as we read about how Mary and Joseph bring the child to Jerusalem, to present him to God, and we read that in Jerusalem there was a man named Simeon, who was just and devout and who was waiting for the consolation of Israel and he had the Holy Spirit upon him. After having a revelation about him not seeing his own death before he saw the Lord's Christ, he blessed the infant Jesus and also told Mary that this child would be the fall and rising of many in Israel and even knew then how Jesus would eventually die and suffer for sins although Mary and Joseph perhaps did not understand that at the time . This was all as he was still an infant and the only account of him being of advanced age is when Mary and Joseph accidentally leave him behind at the temple and the many teachers and rulers of the law were astounded by his knowledge and understanding of the scriptures. That was when he was twelve years old and that is as young as we get, or the only instant of him as a child growing up other than being an infant you may also want to consider the nativity story itself as well as Anna the prophetess being in a similar situation as Simeon and being completely overjoyed by his birth . That is more, or less what the Bible and the gospels tell of his infancy and childhood. Another thing to keep in mind is that The Young Messiah, is based upon a novel by Anne Rice. This is the same Anne Rice, who gave us Interview with the Vampire and Exit to Eden, so we know she has a creative imagination, but could she give us a Biblically inspired film that for the most part would take a great deal of creative liberty because of the facts stated above that we really do not have that information present to us. Could she successfully translate and make a story and now a film about it? The answer is a surprising yes, but when I say that you have to keep a couple of things in mind. The film takes a lot of liberties and there is probably more in this film that is unBiblical as opposed to true. Also the Catholic doctrine plays heavily into this film and if you are from another denomination your views, or opinions of the film will tend to be in jeopardy perhaps. There is also crucial things such as most of the actors do not look like they come from Jerusalem, or are from that part of the world and also many of these actors seem to speak with a British accent which will not win everybody over either. The film as it stands is more of a thought provoking piece and more, or less an interesting piece of fiction for the most part that takes well known beliefs and events and puts an author's creative spin on it. For the most part the film manages to make you look at things in other ways which sometimes may be good and bad , but also manages to entertain and move you at the same time. This will probably not go down as one of the best Biblical films ever made, but for what it is, it is generally well made and I think that the film does force you to confront what you believe and generally embrace your beliefs which is a strong point to the film and while I do not think that it is the type of film to convert any unbelievers, I do feel that it will have you thinking and generally it is a moving if altogether pleasant film that is probably a lot better than you would anticipate, but at the same time not an accurate film that you would show to your Bible study group either.
"The Young Messiah" is very original and surprisingly entertaining. (by dave-mcclain)
"Jesus, who is called the Christ," as the Bible refers to him, is likely the most famous person who has ever walked the earth, but surprisingly little has been written about his formative years. Stories about his conception and birth, his three-year-long ministry, and the circumstances surrounding and immediately following his death have been told, re-told, written about, interpreted, edited, translated, discussed and argued about for over two millennia, but those stories account for only about 10% of the time Jesus spent on earth. What of the other 90%? It's interesting to <more>
speculate. Of course, part of that speculation would have to include the question of what Jesus was like as a child. That's the speculation into which "Interview with the Vampire" author Anne Rice delved in her 2005 historical fiction novel "Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt", which led to the 2016 feature film "The Young Messiah" PG-13, 1:51 .Jesus as played by Adam Greaves-Neal is shown to be the most extraordinary ordinary seven-year-old boy who ever lived. Such are the contradictory but co-existing natures of the Jesus of Christianity – simultaneously both human and divine, or, as the Bible calls him, Immanuel, meaning "God with us". The child Jesus loves to run and laugh and play, but he can also be very serious – displaying an inquisitive nature – and showing deep concern when he observes suffering and death. While playing on the sea shore, he sees a dead bird lying in the sand. He picks up the bird, holds it in his hands for a moment, and then the bird flies away. Incidents like this naturally lead Jesus to ask his mother, Mary Sara Lazzaro , why he can do things other children cannot. Mary and Joseph Vincent Walsh agree that Jesus is too young to understand who he is – and they're not sure that they can even explain it to him.While the duality of Jesus' nature is a central theme throughout this film, the plot revolves around something else entirely. As the movie opens, Jesus and his family are living in Egypt – where the Bible says Joseph took his family when Jesus was an infant in order to save him from King Herod's order to murder all baby boys in Judea in case the rumors of the birth of a Jewish messiah were true . Now, seven years later, Joseph says he has been told in a dream that Herod is dead and it's time to take his family back to their homeland. The journey is a long and dangerous one – through areas in which Roman soldiers fight, kill and sometimes crucify rebels and others that they consider a threat to Roman rule. But the greatest dangers are those that the family doesn't yet know are there – a Roman centurion Sean Bean and his men who are under orders from the new king Jonathan Bailey to find and kill the Jewish boy who is rumored to be performing miracles among the people – and a demon Rory Keenan who repeatedly puts Jesus in danger and appears to him in a dream demanding to know who he really is."The Young Messiah" is one of the best – and most original movies about Jesus I've ever seen. Anne Rice's story, as adapted for the screen by director Cyrus Nowrasteh and his wife Betsy Giffen Nowrasteh mostly sticks within the framework of what the Bible has to say about Jesus' childhood – and his character as a person. This film shows Jesus performing miracles even though the Bible says that his first miracle was as an adult. However, the few miracles we see the child Jesus performing are in front of relatively small groups of people, so his first adult miracle could be understood to be his first public miracle – the one that was meant to be seen as the beginning of his adult ministry or not. It's up to you. The film is interesting, historically realistic or "mostly" realistic, depending on whether you believe in miracles and contains drama, action, surprises and tender, heartfelt moments. The performances are all strong especially from Greaves-Neal and the conversations and interactions feel authentic and very human. "The Young Messiah" is a well-produced and surprisingly entertaining film. "A"
Very well done, well paced, with beautiful cinematography and acting. Traces the life of Jesus as a child for a year. Does not follow scripture of course as it is based on an Anne Rice novel, but has the spirit of the Bible and is so well done.
A Real Winner (by rmay17)
Absent any strong evidence, no one can say when our young Messiah was informed or by whom that He was the Son of God. Approach this film with that knowledge and you will love it. I think the film was extremely well-done and Sean Bean as the relentless Centurion charged with killing the young Messiah was outstanding. Period. The script was very believable and Jesus was neither over-played nor under-played. As a Christian, I found myself in tears through much of the movie... sometimes happy ones and some that were evoked in thoughts of how young Jesus and His family had to have suffered.My <more>
wife and I both feel that faith-based films are being more widely received by the general public and as a result, story lines are improved, directing is much better, and the quality of actors is very much better. Hollywood seems to finally be getting the message.
Despite some literary license taken with the Bible, the movie still offers great food for thought for considering what Jesus's developmental days might have been like...for Jesus and for all concerned in his presence.The acting is superb far better than "Risen" with a beautiful Biblical backdrop. The director focuses often on facial close-ups and the actors respond with looks that offer more than words might describe.Sara Lazaro is perfect as Mary. Sean Bean outstanding as Severus. Adam Greaves-Neal carefully crafts a compelling young Jesus.Bible readers know Jesus' first <more>
recorded miracle didn't happen till much later and the Wise Men didn't appear right at Jesus' birth, but putting that aside and the slip-on sandals...I don't think those were that popular then the movie explores some complexities that might not always be considered when thinking of a young Jesus and overall succeeds in doing it in an uplifting, yet not hokey manner.
"The Young Messiah" Review, One Woman's Opinion. I recommend seeing it, though on my Boo Hoo Meter, it doesn't even rate, for not a single tear spilled from my eyes, it wasn't that kind of film. It actually was quite a bit scarier than I would have imagined, especially when the evil Satan-like character, who not everyone can see or hear is on screen.I'm delighted to see a plethora of faith-promoting cinema, and I think that's because so many of us believers are grasping onto whatever shreds of hope that still remain in our dark and dreary world, not to mention <more>
the financial success marketing to a faithful populace who thirsts and hungers for something worthy, something uplifting, something not vile, vulgar, gratuitous, or profane. For that reason alone, it's worth supporting.To be shared a glimpse of what it might have been like to observe Christ from a different perspective than believers currently have has enough merit to provoke further questioning, which may motivate believers and non-believers alike to plunge yet again into the familiar text of the Holy Bible for what IS provided as scripture and sanctioned for distribution to the saints and the world at large, and that is always a good thing.Additionally, I can't help myself in observing all the costumes, sets, casting, accents, props, behaviors, and such, because in a movie, it takes just seconds to see what the book may take pages and pages to describe in setting the period with complete authenticity. This movie eventually won me over in creating a period of time that was utterly believable with one exception, English accents from Britain. Uh, who said the Christ child had an English accent, hello? So, give this aspect a pass and enjoy the rest of what's good about this movie, because there is a lot to appreciate, despite that.The physical setting of the film is positively perfect. It's just breathtaking as to how I imagine the accuracy of the day was. It's filmed in Italy, which I guessed when the credits rolled at the end before it said exactly where. Most of the credits are of local people who, naturally, have perfectly Italian last names. I didn't see one evidence of modern-day influence or slip-up, which is saying something. Whoever was in charge of that deserves some kind of award for transporting the viewer to 7 A. D. with no ripples! I really REALLY liked the character, Sarah, the old woman, who surprised and blessed the offending soldiers with food and wine and implored them to spare her family, which was just a brilliant strategy. I have no doubt such women existed and still exist to soften hearts of hardened men. Her weather-beaten look and those of other extras lent to the rawness of the time and harshness of the conditions of that day. They were just great. No sunscreen or night cream regimen for them. No pinking of their lips, no lip balm, and no blush on their cheeks.Other scenes along their path were sad to see, including the process of hoisting criminals up on crosses. The murdering of all the little boys was also depicted with splatters of blood and shadows, which gave me pause as to whether it would be appropriate for sensitive young viewers, it was pretty intense and scary.The other scary role mentioned above was the demon I previously mentioned. He was quite deliciously frightening. His whispers to people who couldn't see him are something I believe is possible in our unseen but still real world. It was interesting that Jesus could see him, could hear him, but was unafraid of him in the least. It was also interesting that the demon didn't know who Jesus was, only that he was an "angel" boy and wanted to thwart his good deeds and influence others to do the same.The fact that the film portrayed Christ performing miracles but still didn't know who He was or why He could was reminiscent of Harry Potter, who performed magic as a boy long before he knew he was a wizard. In reality, I prefer to think His mother Mary and Joseph, along with His Father in Heaven let Him know who He was, but I was not upset in any way how this portrayal was presented. We simply don't know, and that's the fun of this picture. It attempts to fill in the gaps the scriptures leave.The caution would be to be sure to teach children that this is a work of pure fiction, because of the phenomenon uninformed viewers have of just believing things simply because they are shown in a film, another reason I detest the new "Noah", written with a wicked, intentional, history-revisionist's hand. I refuse to support such deplorable ambitions to distort, marginalize, and destroy real history through political agenda-driven films. This movie is not that. It's simply a suggestion of what may have happened. It offered me a little insight as to the reality of how dangerous it was for him, always being hunted. Joseph and Mary's characters were totally believable. Joseph is a stud for who he was and what he had to take on. Think of it, the scandal! I would have liked to see more of Joseph teaching Jesus how to be a carpenter, how they interacted while not being pursued.As you can see, there is enough worth supporting about this film. I can't think of a reason to trash a film that attempts to promote faith, unless you're a faith hater. I just don't get that. Intent matters, and while making money is important to the solvency of a project, I don't believe that is the reason behind why this creative team put this out, not in the least. People who make films like these are part of the solution, not part of the problem, and God bless them for that!