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‘Son of God’ a new Jesus for a modern age

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In “Son of God” Portuguese actor, Diogo Morgado reprises his role as JC from the History Channel’s series “The Bible” as Jesus. Yet, “Son of God” starts out with a recap of all the great events from the Old Testament to the birth of Jesus through the narration of John the Apostle.
It runs through the usual parables, the loaves and fishes, changing water into wine, etc. However, much of the dialogue while true to what was said in the Bible is changed, to make it more accessible to twenty-first century viewers. Nevertheless, the rewriting process leaves much to be desired. This is especially so in the story of the woman who as to be stone for adultery. The phrase, “Let he who is without sin throw the first stone.” is well known and understood by most people, however they altered it to such a degree that it sounded stilted and odd. Further many of the things Jesus says sound more like clichés he is saying for effect than words that would come forth in natural conversation.
Another glaring problem with this film is that the apostles themselves are not differentiated. It takes a while to figure out who Judas is, as well as Thomas. In addition to this, they do not know show Judas was in fact Jesus’s most beloved Apostle, thus making his betrayal even greater. The character of Mary is always with him, thus how she comes to be among his followers is not made clear, she just is.
Like most films on Jesus, the Jews are shown as causing the death of Jesus and the Romans are the thugs who they must appease. This very anti-sematic tone, in which Barabbas, Fraser Ayres, a murderer is freed while Jesus is crucified lays the foundations of this anti-sematic fuel. However, doesn’t this very attitude defy the message of the film which is to turn the other cheek, and to love your enemy as yourself? This is not a perfect film, there are points where it drags, some of the back drops, such as the scenes of the temple look like painted sets, yet historically they did make an effort to piece elements of biblical lore into a seamless weave where story eclipses myth, and themes such as divine love are underscored.

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