The Book Of Ruth
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The Book of Ruth, is a triumphant love story in the face of adversity.
This selfless journey of love and devotion is seen through the eyes of a young widow. Choosing to leave her homeland of Moab, she follows her mother-in-law Naomi to Israel after the death of her husband. Upon reaching Bethlehem, she meets and marries a man named Boz, who is of the Royal House of Judah. This chain of seemingly unrelated events sets the stage for the future kings of the nation of Israel, and the glorious coming of the Messiah.
A Biblical Cinderella story from the archives of the royal Jewish bloodline, this story reveals the redemption of their inheritance through the child Obed, who was the grandfather of King David.
Starring Dan Haggerty ( Grizzly Adams ), Lana Wood ( Diamonds are Forever ), Eleese Lester ( Friday Night Lights ), Carman of Carman World Ministries, and newcomer Sherri Morris as Ruth.
FOR FANS OF: One Night With The King, Amazing Grace, The Final Inquiry, Ultimate Gift, Faith Like Potatoes
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Let's face it; the book of Ruth is not exactly romantic, not adventurous, not intriguing, not suspenseful, but history of major importance for the linage of David being from Bethlehem, and thus the prophesy of a Christ Child born of the House of David in a Bethlehem stable. But the 85 verses of Ruth were compacted well into just 91 minutes. I enjoyed Sherry Morris as Ruth, and Dan Haggerty (Grizzly Adams) as Simeon.
This is obviously a film made for the followers of the Christian faith, not a twist of content to make it more romantic or to include some sinister political plot. That's why I liked it, a very good job for the intended audience, on a budget that makes it affordable. It follows Naomi and Ruth from the famine in Moab, their trek back to Israel, through the Boaz field gleaning, Naomi's push to get Ruth married, and of course then the union that produced a son, Obed, grandfather to David. The film opens and ends with David and his granddad talking, Obed telling his grandson the story of the women, of faith, of the `loving-kindness' found in story (& scriptures), of Gods provision for King David's ancestress, of the integrity shown by Boaz, the benevolence expressed so often in these scriptures, and of course just the linage prophecy. It speaks of faithfulness, "wither thou goest, I will go". The film visualizes scriptures like: `uncover his feet, and lay thee down', and `a man plucked off his shoe, and gave it to his neighbor', but in the film the sandal became a missile launched by an angry Neb toward Boaz.
So dialogue could have been better, and the film did offer subtitles but they were unfortunately not quite in sync with the scene changes. It was yet enjoyable, and quite the companion DVD if you or a group is going to read or study the book of Ruth. Excellent DVD for a church library.
My biggest gripe would be the liberty they took with the story. I understand that you have to fill in things, but it seemed more like they made stuff up. For instance, the uncle - in the movie, they made it seem like the uncle "Near Relative" was actively trying to ruin Boaz, and that he hated Ruth. I also feel that they spent to much time in the Moab scene. On top of that, the acting was very rough.
Keep in mind, this is low budget. They can't get super stars with super talent and super makeup artists, etc.
Overall, I still recommend it and I'm still glad to own it!