Mary was chosen by God to be the mother of the Messiah, who would save Israel and the world from their sins. Though Jesus was Mary’s son, He also came to be her Savior, and she believed in Him and what He had been sent to earth to do. Though it was not easy at times for her to watch her Son work and suffer, she knew it was all part of God’s greater plan for humanity.
Production Quality (1.5 points)
Though attempts are made in this film to be realistic, they are clearly limited by a low budget. Video quality is fine, yet there is weird soft lighting throughout that casts an odd effect on everything. This is mostly in the indoor sets, which have a cheap feel to them, as do the props inside of them. However, the outdoor scenes are much more professionally constructed and executed. Camera work is relatively stable throughout and audio quality is acceptable. There is an attempt to make the soundtrack culturally authentic, even if it is a little loud at times. Finally, the editing is sometimes good and other times not, especially since there is a lot of content shoved into this movie. In the end, this is an average production that needed some more funding in order to be adequate.
Plot and Storyline Quality (.5 point)
As previously mentioned, this film makes a lot of honest attempts to be realistic and authentic, especially when it comes to staying true to the original historical account. However, this adherence also comes off as very strict and stiff, which paints the characters as inaccessible and somewhat lofty ‘Bible heroes’ that we can’t relate to today. While the creators of this film probably mean well, it’s too reminiscent of a Bible play as the story speeds through the Gospel accounts very rapidly in less than sixty minutes. In the end, while the writers can be applauded for an authentic effort, there is simply too much content crammed into fifty minutes and not enough care given to character development.
Acting Quality (1.5 points)
The costuming work done here is okay, but it borderlines on Bible play status. The casting is not culturally authentic, likely due to budget constraints. This film was made back when Bruce Marchiano posted good performances as Jesus, and he is the standout cast member in this movie. Other cast members are too dramatic and pronounced in their line delivery. Though there are some good moments, emotions are not very believable. In the end, this is an average performance.
Biblical films are difficult feats to accomplish. The limited budgets of independent films make this even hard to do. Film makers need to consider whether or not they really need to make another cheap Bible film if they don’t have the resources to make it well. Though this film is intended to be an evangelistic tool, it’s unclear whether or not this would be that effective due to the low budget. Perhaps this money should have been saved for a more worthwhile film, or at least saved until enough was available to make this a professional production.
Final Rating: 3.5 out of 10 points