Son of God chronicles the life of Jesus, from His birth to His miraculous resurrection. Going in, I felt that this was going to be a secular take on the events that we’ve all learned from the Bible. For example, Jesus was never quoted as saying that he was going to “change the world,” yet this was said in the movie. There will always be harsh criticisms about movies such as this that contain a religious premise, but all believers can still find relevance from this theatrical release.
The film seems to be loosely told from the perspective of John the Revelator, after he’s been exiled. He recounts the story of Jesus and His life. We all know these stories from church and from the Bible, so this is what is depicted in the movie. The three wise men at His birth, His teaching in parables, the Last Supper, and His crucifixion all make their way onto the big screen. You may be wondering, “What is the difference between this movie and Mel Gibson’s Passion of the Christ?” Well, that movie was entirely spoken in the native language of Jesus, whereas Son of God is in plain English. Passion of the Christ is also a much more violent and gory depiction of Jesus’ death. It is definitely a movie you would not want young children watching. On the other hand, Son of God is a movie you could show in a church setting, or to your family.
Overall, this movie did a great job of showing what Jesus was up against from the government and the Pharisees. We also got to see His miracles, His teachings, and how He garnered countless followers. It is one thing to read about Him in the Bible, but to see the Son of God in flesh.. It’s truly remarkable. There are various scenes that conjure up strong emotions, such as the Last Supper. I found it so breathtaking during the scene of Jesus walking on water in a horrible storm. It is also interesting to note that Judas wasn’t shown to be a monstrous betrayer, but a man manipulated by the Pharisees. Some may even find it possible to sympathize with this character, but I digress.
Son of God is a great illustration of Jesus’ time here on Earth, and what He meant to all who heard Him. Actor Diogo Morgado does a great job of showing the compassion and love that Jesus had for everyone, while also displaying His zeal for His true mission. For those who may have never seen a movie like this, or seen The Passion of the Christ, I advise watching this film to not only see the story of Jesus brought to life, but to also get a visual of who our Savior really is.