Is it Scripturally accurate? Well, not 100%. The Magi, for example, are portrayed in the traditional manner (see my blog post on the Magi for more information about common Christmas myths). This inaccuracy and others did not ruin the movie for me–the “three wise men” were actually enjoyable characters.
I was struck by the humble (sometimes harsh) circumstances of Mary and Joseph. The movie gave a thought-provoking dramatization of their lives and of the ancient world in which they lived.
Before watching this movie I visited rottentomatoes.com, a website that I commonly visit in order to pre-scan movies. Most of the critics did not like this movie, and I can’t say that I am terribly surprised. Here’s the simple rule for this movie: if the story of Jesus inspires you, this movie will inspire you. Ignore the critics and go see it.
One final consideration: the movie opens with Matthew 2:16-18 (Herod’s order to kill the male children in Bethlehem). While the scene is not graphically violent, it may be a disturbing for young children. It may be a good idea to distract kids or have them wait until this scene is over before entering the theater.
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