The Nativity Story
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In a story of profound faith revered by much of humanity, one young woman struggles with the destiny for which she is chosen--to give birth to the Son of God and to become the object of salvation for billions of souls--a deeply moving journey told in A Nativity Story. The Academy Award-nominated star of Whale Rider, Keisha Castle-Hughes, portrays Mary, a young wife and soon-to-be mother upon whom a seemingly impossible burden will be placed. Over the two years before the birth of Jesus, as Mary realizes that she will bear a child fated to change the world, she discovers the inner strength, faith and grace that have earned her the veneration of billions of people for two thousand years.]]>
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Finding an informative, well-made movie for my children about what I believe to be the TRUE meaning of Christmas has been difficult. Ninety-eight percent of them are from a farm animal's point of view and mainly full of fluff and feathers.
I appreciated this movie as it was biblically-based and put in all the finer details that you normally don’t consider – Mary’s age, the marriage to Joseph being arranged, the trek to Bethlehem, the Roman soldiers.
It brought the Nativity to life in a way that I certainly could never do, and it made us think and talk about the Birth – which is exactly what I think a perfect Christmas movie should do!
However, none of that applied to "The Nativity Story". I absolutely enjoyed the writing & portrayal of how incredibly difficult it was to deliver a Messiah into flesh. The actors were well-suited to early biblical folk-in appearance, in mannerisms and behavior. I felt as if I were watching the real Hebraic Joseph & Mary. The characters were allowed to be Jewish, free of modern american dialogue--AND were allowed to behave Jewish. The acting & videography were professional, not once did I feel like I was watching a movie. I was in the movie, observing people, crying & expectant as they were. The producer's hinted at the Herod's political point of view, in defining how Satan attempts to undermine God via political leaders. Yet, by no means was it the focus. The focus remained on the designed & coordinated way God delivered a Son via a young woman and a good man. The viewer was invited to witness Joseph & Mary's relationship to God (stays faithful to the heart of actual Scripture), their changing relationships to parents/people in Nazareth (as can be logically expected), and the sweet modest delightful honorable courtship between a pregnant girl and her new husband while on the journey to Bethlehem (as can be imagined).
The movie is not purely heavy & serious, as some comic relief given to the viewer via 3-wise men from the East. This film is G-rated, good for every person in the family. The film is not a pulpit of quoted scriptures, it is a pure expression of the story as scripture tells it--very inviting, very encouraging.
And I am happy to have discovered my new annual christmas favorite to watch. I have a few secular ones, but was waiting for my godly "all about Jesus" one.