It’s been many weeks since I had the opportunity to screen an amazing movie being released March 11 nationwide.
Many movies are sent my way, but I write about very few.
I always watch these movies skeptically, having formerly, in another life, covered Hollywood and grown weary of watching so much dreck. My next beat – the Middle East – often seemed more pleasant.
It was with that cynical view that I viewed “The Young Messiah.”
I watched it once.
I watched it again.
Then I watched it a third time with my family.
Now I can’t wait to see it on the big screen.
The movie is directed by Cyrus Nowrasteh, co-written with his wife, Betsy Giffen Nowrasteh, the team responsible for another great feature film – “The Stoning of Soriah M.” His name is also familiar for a historic TV mini-series called “The Path to 9/11,” a politically charged special that was shown by ABC once in September 2007 and then shelved, never to be seen again.
It seems Bill and Hillary Clinton did not like it – and their friends at the network made sure to minimize the damage by refusing to release it on DVD or repeating the very popular two-part series on TV.
But back to their latest project.
It’s a fictional interpretation of what it must have been like for the 7-year-old Jesus to learn His destiny.
It starts in Egypt, where Jesus spent His early years. We often forget about that time because the Bible offers little in the way of detail about it. Later, we follow Jesus, Mary and Joseph as they travel back to their home in Nazareth.
I’m not issuing any spoiler alerts. I’m not going to tell you much about the movie’s twists and turns. I’m just going to tell you it is faithful to the time period, it is gorgeously filmed, it is extraordinarily well acted, and the story is utterly amazing, endearing and inspiring.
Though the story is obviously extra-biblical, its spirit is in harmony with the message of the Scriptures.
It also boasts a performance by the young lead, Adam Greaves-Neal, that is simply unforgettable. Surely a star is born.
Not surprisingly, it wasn’t easy making this movie. Nowrasteh had many doors slammed in his face. Money was tight. There were many roadblocks and obstacles to overcome to get the picture made and released in a big nationwide opening next month.
I had the pleasure of meeting the Nowrastehs recently and talked about the film – hearing of many of the challenges they had in getting it made. They are good people – true and faithful believers.
I can’t wait for more people to see it and to learn of its effect on our culture.
It will be out two weeks before Passover and Easter. Make a point of seeing it. Take your whole family. Take your neighbors. Organize your church to see it en masse.
It’s a powerful movie. I can’t say enough about it.
Make your plans. Mark your calendars for March 11. Help make it a successful opening – the kind of hot movie that everyone’s talking about and must see.
It’s just two weeks away.
I can’t wait.
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