Young Messiah

Reviewed
Mon. 3/27/17
Young Messiah
2.25
Acting
2
2/5
Morality
4.5
4.5/5
Music
2
2/5
Story
2
2/5
Visuals
1.5
1.5/5
Kernel Factor
1.5
1.5/5
A 7-year-old British Jesus. What could go wrong?
Reviewed By: Steven Siwek
Viewing Environment:
DVD or Streaming >27in
Viewing Crew:
Significant Other
Times Watched:
1
Genre:
Drama
Payment Method:
Rental/Redbox
Review:

I LOVE the idea of this film, but that's it. This movie made it seem like every single waking moment of Jesus' life was either death or resurrection. It felt chaotic. It also felt like the team took A LOT of notes after watching Passion of the Christ (what Christian movie hasn't), but the problem with that was it felt like it was trying to be Passion (e.g. their usage of the devil is eerily similar to Passion's). The British accents definitely hurt the legitimacy of this film. Jesus' questioning and total disillusionment with His identity just seemed wrong to me. It's not like I think Jesus was running around letting people know He was the Savior of the world at 7 years old and therefore He doesn't have to do His homework, but I also don't think He was oblivious. Okay, so what did I like? The poster is sick. Okay, seriously. I do love movies about Jesus and even when they come up short, I love that people are in awe of Him. That's cool! 

Acting
British actors in a Middle Eastern/Jewish drama of the life of young Jesus was pretty tough. It was rougher when the script caused them to consistently just look quizzically at each other. That hurt.
Morality
Morally this is a great movie, but I feel like it needs a bit of a check from a theological perspective. There were parts that just didn't sit right with me (most notably Jesus never recognizes who He is), and it's not because I didn't want to be stretched, but because it felt almost wrong.
Music
There were a lot of noticeable empty scenes, totally musicless. When there was music, it felt like it just took similar sounds/compositions that have been recently produced for the same era.
Story
There's no info about the life of Jesus after birth until 12 and then nothing again from 12 to 30. So this is a great opportunity for some exciting stories. But, this film essentially took elements of Jesus' adult ministry (30-33) and created a "prequel" to his ministry, so it actually didn't feel very original - just felt like we were watching Jesus do the exact same miracles He does later in life, but in the body of a child.
Visuals
Basic. Obvious that there was a limited budget, and then other times where I realized I've just seen too many first century movies lately. 
Kernel Factor
This movie had a fatal flaw. It made every single scene, THE scene of the film. It made me nervous for the actors, because it's like they had to live up to something they could never achieve.

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