By Ameesh Shah
Ewan Mcgregor is the lead in this interesting take on a Jesus movie. Jesus is lost in the desert, at his last wits trying to reach his father, but eventually encounters the Devil. Ewan also plays the Devil in an open to interpretation of Jesus's mental battle with a being trying to seduce, anger, and deceive him, all the while Jesus is aiding a family who is their crossroads.
So the story begins in the desert with Jesus asking for his father to help him. And for several clips, he is all alone. Then he comes across an old lady who is in need of water. At the end of that aid, a snake tail is seen vanishing in the old lady is she the devil or a demon. Jesus leaves, and we find ourselves listening to a new Ewan McGregor, Then it dawns as the new man who looks like Jesus, could it be that Jesus is talking to himself, or is it the snake demon using Jesus' image to mess with him and us. Jesus continues to ignore this entity and eventually meets a boy, (Tye Sheridan). The Boy hasn't had company begins asking questions of the holy man. Though his name he never asked. Then Jesus continues his journey back to his meditation. When the father, (Ciara'n Hinds) approaches, he begins his question to the holy man and eventually they have their bond and together reproach the small hut and carpenter tools, in which jesus drinks and meets the rest of the family the wife (Ayelet Zurer) who is dying. This is where the Devil begins to start a game with Jesus, and the lives of this family on are the line. Can Jesus save them before he leaves or will they fall apart as a family? Jesus then begins a process of getting to know the family better, and maybe the devil, unless it's all an act.
What makes this movie great is Ewan's portrayal of being the devil character that in all his tormenting of Jesus, he has his sad moments of missing God and Gods attention. So in his own way looks to Jesus for that support too.
Ewan's Jesus is a Jesus that is finally portrayed on the big screen with a lot of human heart, in fact, there might have never been a more humanistic Jesus of all of the big screen, Christ movies. It could just be that in the time frame reference, this Jesus is still coming to terms of his significant role of thins.
I have only one part in this movie that I didn't like. I feel the story ended as Jesus looked on into Bethlehem. Though after the end, we cut to a beautiful rendition of Christ on a cross. I feel it is not needed. It is too cliché for this movie, not that the scene itself is cliche but that everyone knows that event, and it isn't needed to tell this portion of the big story.
I give 4 out of 5 stars.
This has been an Ameesh Shah review on Ronin News.