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on January 8, 2014
I was a little put off very early on when Mary high-fives a passerby. But the film is clearly intended to be respectful and true to the Gospels. The first half has many gorgeous outdoor scenes. The actors are all quite good, though John the Baptist seemed a bit off, until he got angry. The story is necessarily compressed, so you may be disappointed at what is cut. For me, truncating the Lord's Prayer seemed wrong, especially since the presentation of what was quoted was moving.
The latter half of the film may disappoint. The nature of what is being portrayed requires a higher budget than they were working with to present as well as the first part of the film. Some of the interior scenes had odd, unnatural lighting. Still, for the age of the film, the visuals hold up very well. Those involved clearly meant well, and what they produced is a fitting and inspirational depiction of the life of the Mother of Our Lord.