When Jesus called Peter to follow Him, Peter never thought he would experience what he experienced. Jesus called Peter to follow Him no matter what, but Peter faltered at the darkest hour of Jesus’ earthly ministry. Peter could not understand why Jesus was allowing Himself to be overpowered by evil, so he took matters into his own hands and found himself fallen away was Jesus was taken captive. However, Jesus gave Peter a second chance after His Resurrection and led Peter to change the world for the sake of Christ.
Production Quality (2 points)
As a short film with a loose association to The Visual Bible, Come Follow Me is almost an afterthought, even though the production is mostly good. Video quality, camera work, and audio are all on par with what they should be, even if the soundtrack is a bit odd a times. There are some random bouts of odd lighting, but the sets, locations, and props demonstrate a lot of attempts at authenticity. There are also some intermittent sequences of slow motion, and the editing is somewhat choppy, but on the whole, this production is good enough to be above average.
Plot and Storyline Quality (.5 point)
Although Come Follow Me is not a word-for-word rendition of the story, there is still unnecessary narration presented. However, not being tied to the word-for-word model helps to develop the characters better, even though they could still use some deepening through more substantial dialogue. It is good to see a portrayal of different aspects of familiar stories, even if some parts are overly dramatic. As previously mentioned, this short version of the story of Peter is a bit rushed as it comes off as choppy and even flat at times. It tends to only hit the high points, even though this could have been a feature length film, as there is plenty of Peter content to work with in the historical accounts. Thus, this section can’t warrant very many points.
Acting Quality (1.5 points)
Unlike his original performances in The Visual Bible, Bruce Marchiano shows his darkly dramatic side in Come Follow Me, which is off-putting. Other cast members also tend to be too dramatic and theatrical in their performances. On the bright side, costuming is fine, and there are some attempts at cultural authenticity, even though this is not consistent throughout. In the end, however, this film comes off a mediocre and forgettable.
There was a lot of untapped potential left at the table when it came to this film. There are plenty of Peter movies on the market, but we could use one that truly captures Peter as a real person who can be related to by many. The Bible and other historical accounts have plenty of content on Peter to use, so it’s up to a responsible film maker to use them well.
Final Rating: 4 out of 10 points