‘Son of God’ ~ CFDb Movie Review
& Highest Recommendation
Now, the larger-than-life story of The New Testament gets a larger-than life treatment in the stand-alone feature SON OF GOD. Told with the scope and scale of an action epic, the film features powerful performances, exotic locales, dazzling visual effects and a rich orchestral score from Oscar®-winner Hans Zimmer. Portuguese actor Diogo Morgado portrays Jesus as the film spans from his humble birth through his teachings, crucifixion and ultimate resurrection. It marks the first motion picture about Jesus’s life since Passion of the Christ, released ten years ago.
The story will encompass the birth of Christ to his Resurrection, with the adult Messiah played by Portuguese actor Diogo Morgado. The movie will take selections from the miniseries and add scenes that were left on the cutting-room floor, although Christ appeared in five of the 10 two-hour episodes.
BRAVO! There is so much I want to say about this film,
you’ll have to bear with the lengthy review.
I really thought this was going to be a lot like the Mini-Series. Although there were parts that were the same, there was SO much more. This film did NOT disappoint!
- Fabulous beginning – I don’t want to give spoilers here, but I have to say, from beginning to end, that this movie really shows you Who Jesus really is. It begins with Jesus being the Word of God. I was so impressed with the way they showed this and told the story. Fabulous ending too – Even played, Mary, Did you Know, one of my favorite songs.
- The part when Jesus calls Matthew and ties this in with the story about the Pharisee and the Tax collector praying in the temple. Beautiful and you could really see how this could have happened. It was inspiring.
- Diogo’s portrayal of Jesus is as I would imagine Jesus to be, so full of love, compassion, kindness, yet holy, solemn and a Man obviously on a mission to save the world. It does cause me to ask – “Where is that Christ like character to be seen in His followers today? If we aren’t like Him, why not?”
- Some really powerful scenes, especially loved the woman caught in the act of adultery scene. This brings out that there is no one that has not sinned, but Jesus. We ALL need Jesus to forgive us.
- Another scene about Lazarus in the tomb. When Jesus breathes (like the breath of life into Adam), reminds me of the verse spoken by Jesus in John 6:40 – And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day. When Jesus breathes life into Lazarus and speaks his name to come forth I could just picture the last DAY when Jesus does that again on the final resurrection Day.
- The Isaiah 61 Scripture scene is another favorite – When Jesus speaks those words and then says today they are fulfilled in their hearing. Jesus fulfilled all the Scriptures about the Messiah, which is completely impossible, UNLESS He really IS the Son of God. This moment really hit me of the evangelical nature of this film.
- Jesus in the temple, clearing out the money changers and saying that the house of God is a house of prayer and they had made it a den of thieves. I can’t help but think some of God’s people are doing the same thing today. Why do we go to church today?
- Brilliant contrast of prayer towards the end – just because we pray to a God, doesn’t mean we are praying to the right God, and it also reveals that even if you pray to the right God, it doesn’t mean God is hearing your prayers because they are made with a heart of hypocrisy. Those are the ones to whom Jesus is referring when He says not everyone that calls him Lord will enter into the Kingdom of Heaven, but he that doeth the will of the Father, which is in Heaven.
- Telling Caiphas “I AM” – very powerful and how His Kingdom is not of this world. Mark 14:62 – And Jesus said, I am: and ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.
- The most compelling part for me was the scene pictured above, when Jesus was being lashed. I looked away for just a few moments while this was taking place and suddenly it overwhelmed me that Jesus took my place, that Jesus suffered all of that FOR ME! I began to cry and I pray that the Holy Spirit will touch all the hearts of the people that go to see this film with that same realization. I couldn’t love Jesus any more at that moment. I wondered…what would I be willing to suffer for His sake? I re-surrendered my life to Him right there in that moment.
- The next compelling part was Jesus carrying His cross and then Mary helping him up at one time. Jesus told us in Matthew 16:24 – Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. I don’t know about you, but I do very little cross carrying in my life and when I watched him carry that cross, I saw that it wasn’t an easy job, it was true suffering and we are called to follow in His steps as it tells us in I Peter 2:21 – 23 – For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:
- Have you ever heard the song, “Watch the Lamb”? Powerful song and a reminder of Who Jesus really is and all about Simon the Cyrene who was compelled to bear Jesus’ cross. Great portrayal in this film.
- There was one scene where I wished they would have done it differently, the part where the curtain separating the Most Holy Place should have been torn from top to bottom like with an unseen hand. Matthew 27:51 – 51 And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;
- There is another powerful song I want to share here, by Ray Boltz, called The Hammer. It’s a complete reminder of WHO REALLY nailed Jesus to the cross.
- Did you know that Pilate eventually committed suicide? He thought by washing his hands, he would free himself from the guilt, but God even warned him through his wife in her dream not to have anything to do with that Man.
Final thought here: Isaiah 49:16 – Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.
Scripture makes it clear Who Jesus is! He Created us, He Loves us, He died for us, and He WILL come again for His children as He promised.
DO NOT MISS THIS FILM!
I am adding something here because of people getting upset about the errors made in the film. We don’t recommend this film for its 100% accuracy, but for the truth that is contained within. Please pray that the Holy Spirit will move upon the hearts of the people that watch this, that they would be led to see Jesus is the Son of God, and search the Scriptures for themselves for truth.
There is only 1 major error that actually bothered me that I’ll mention here. Jesus in front of the temple when he pokes the little child’s stomach and smiles about the stones not being left one upon another. When Jesus spoke of this, it was directly after He spoke of Jerusalem. He was sad and very upset about it. Jesus would NEVER be happy about any destruction.
Matthew 23:37 – O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are send unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!
This is not available yet on DVD, but the Bible Miniseries is.
One more verse to consider:
Philippians 1:15-18 but especially vs 18 – What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretence, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice.
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