12.19.2012

25 Days of Christmas Movies Day 19: He is For All Mankind


LAST MOVIE WATCHED: The Nativity Story
TO WATCH OR NOT TO WATCH: I had never seen this film before now, but I put it on my watchlist to diversify the list so that not EVERY movie had something to do with Santa. The movie's purpose on my list was to represent the real reason for the celebration of Christmas... but.....unfortunately...I didn't exactly find it riveting. People sure complained about stretching small bits of material to make a movie (or three) out od The Hobbit, but that's nothing compared to the stretching done here. That's not to say there isn't interesting territory to explore in this story....there is and it even scratches the surface for a bit here and there. Unfortunately though, the characters are so dull and lifeless they failed to engage or captivate me. There's a fine line between portraying someone with a quiet strength and someone that seems utterly bland. Incredible circumstances are befalling these characters....yet somehow they make it all seem so humdrum. It had it's moments...but I didn't have much patience in getting to them. [Catty side note: Keisha Castle-Hughes was pretty miscast as Mary....that good light/bad light girl would never be the fair virgin that the bible described her as!] So yeah...pretty meh for me, I say you'd do better in reading the book ;)
EMILY RATING: 5.5/10
UP NEXT: White Christmas

8 comments:

Johanna said...

Well, I read the book; so I think I'll skip it. The church has one out that was playing at the museum that was really moving and it only had music, no sound.

Sarah said...

Yes, I think everyone is better off sticking to The Nativity/Luke 2. I found one version (paired with a different song than the original one) on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=icilgwdHiZg

It's only 5 minutes long, but it presents the story and the message beautifully.

Emily said...

Yeah that's all you really need. It's funny because after the film I went over to Rotten Tomatoes where the film has a 38%, and I discovered the director's other credits include the first Twilight as well as Little Red Riding Hood. Suddenly everything made sense.

courtney wightman said...

i thought the same thing when i heard about this movie ... how make the 52 verses in luke 2 into a two hour movie?? i prefer this: http://www.lds.org/bible-videos/videos/glad-tidings-of-great-joy-the-birth-of-jesus-christ?lang=eng

Laurie & Clint said...

I have never heard of this, but by your review, sounds pretty boring.

Howard said...

Not every book translates well to film. Anybody seen "The Gospel of John"?

That doesn't mean, of course, that the story isn't compelling, even life changing. After all, it's The Greatest Story Ever Told.

Johanna said...

So true, Howard!!!

seanmackay.net said...

Jesus is neat.