In Nazareth, teenager Mary is betrothed to the local carpenter, Joseph. Mary is visited by an angel and told that she will fulfill a prophecy and as a virgin give birth to God's son, the savior of the world. Mary's pregnancy brings her the scorn of the community and Joseph struggles to believe her seemingly outlandish story. Meanwhile, a census forces every man and his family to return to his place of birth. Joseph and Mary set out on a long and arduous journey to Bethlehem. This story is based on the Biblical account of the birth of Jesus Christ. Written by
While in Hawaii recently, I had a chance to preview The Nativity Story,
in its complete form, which, surprisingly, turned out to be quite a
good film. I guess as a Christian, I am going to be seen as biased. And
that's fair, however as a filmmaker as well, I will say that the
majority of Christian or Christian based films I have seen are quite
simply lower grade movies. That's why, this one in particular was very
The story itself of course I was familiar with having grown up hearing
it every Christmas time. And, surprisingly, I think it translates very
well onto the screen. I was surprised at the humour they were able to
bring out (mainly with the Three Kings storyline) and I was actually
quite impressed with the movie in general. It was nice to see actors of
the correct age and race. Jesus was not white, despite what some may
The movie was not perfect, few are. It was obviously PG friendly as
there were a few things that were toned down (I guess babies in that
day didn't have umbilical cords), but do we really need to see that?
No, not really. All in all it was a very enjoyable film that hopefully
makes its way as a holiday classic for years to come.
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