When I heard about the movie “Son of God” three questions jumped into my mind.
1. Will it be faithful to what the Bible says?
2. Will it be something unbelievers would find engaging?
3. Will it be suitable for children?
I saw the movie recently, and I want to share my thoughts on those questions with you.
Is it faithful to the Bible?
Sort of. There isn’t anything blasphemous, but there are certainly things I would’ve done differently if I were making the film. The primary artistic license they took was adding scripture from other parts of the gospels into events where Jesus didn’t actually say those things.
I also noticed in the name of adding drama they treated the resurrection of Lazarus and the woman caught in adultery differently than the Bible explains the events. I find significant meaning and interest in some of the parts they left out of these events.
The most unsettling thing they left out of the movie was Satan, demons, and supernatural evil. They are nowhere to be found throughout the film, and so the reasons for Jesus’ crucifixion were presented as socially and politically motivated.
All in all I give this aspect of the film 2.5 out of 5 stars.
Is it engaging for unbelievers?
The quality of the film is very good. You probably won’t have many cringe moments from a production standpoint, and the content of the movie is such where someone with limited or no Bible knowledge can probably keep up – although the movie moves pretty quickly through the life of Jesus. It could be used evangelistically, but I feel like “The Passion of the Christ” was better for this purpose.
I give this aspect of the film 3.5 out of 5 stars
Is it suitable for children?
The film is rated PG-13. I agree with that rating, and I would certainly caution any parent to see it before they allow their child to watch it.
All in all I give the movie 3 out of 5 stars. There’s a lot to like, and a lot I feel they could’ve done better. But if you’re the kind of person who likes to see movies on the life of Jesus, you will probably enjoy the film.