By thunder! That... was... so... beautiful! ^_^ What a little movie with a lot of heart! This movie *deserves* more attention; we gotta increase the DVD sales, or iTunes, rentals of this film!
Okay, so we all know the most popular Jesus movie is "Passion of the Christ", but I think even THIS film is pretty wonderful rendition of what Christ is truly like! I even would promote this film to Mel Gibson to watch!
And I can see it's only garnered enough ratings as much as if it were an episode of the TV series "Supernatural". It DESERVES much more recognition!
I mean, WOW...what a powerful film, POWERFUL! I can't believe I missed out on this for several years!! I actually saw it through YouTube, but what it would've been like to see it in a huge screen in a church with hundreds of people, or see it in a regular theater... What I got was really, really good flick that touched me and made me feel good and wanting to be a better person. It is not a heavy-action flick; just a thought-provoking heart-felt movie that is well-worth the time.
I wanted to show it to my family, but a lot of them seem quite spontaneously & unnecessarily oversensitive about movies on YouTube and "stealing" and "copyright" at the moment, making the situation mooch more complicated than it really is. So much so it's really gotten aggravating & depressing. The Internet is free! YouTube is free! If an underrated Christian film is on it, hurrah! Praise be to God through the uses of the Internet we can spread this amazing information around!
In hindsight of the film, many important questions, many important issues, many important misunderstandings, and much important encouragement was addressed in this motion picture, and congrats to Bruce Marchiano for doing an AMAZING JOB being the same joyous, earthy, smiley, understanding and personal Jesus even with a sense of humor, just like he was in the "Visual Bible: The Gospel of Matthew" series (which we still own on VHS too), the one I saw growing up. Yes, and I believe there's reason for that interpretation, because Christ *is* a personal God, all about relationship, not religion. Jesus came not so people would be more "religious", but that they may have LIFE!
And I like how in the story's context of how Jesus is just a simple cook & waiter in a small diner, even in the middle of nowhere, and is not someone "begging for attention" - that's truly an amazing way of how "personal" of a God He truly is. He's not all LIGHTS, CAMERAS, SPOTLIGHT, PAPARAZZI, HYPE, HYSTERIA, etc. No, He doesn't need any of that, nor should we. If it's really our own passion and zeal to work hard for those sorts of things, so be it. But it is only temporary; having riches and eternal life with Christ in Heaven, and wanting to share that great news with everyone else around you is something MUCH more worth of eternal value.
This film is not only a truly ANOINTED one, but also a *much-needed* one in this day and age of a corrupted Hollywood, and a truly ANOINTED one at that! :-)
And I give this movie credit for introducing me to wrestling champion "Sting" (Steve Borden) - he did a really good job, playing the complex, arrogant, prideful businessman. Though, maybe I would have preferred either Stephen Baldwin or Jensen Ackles to play him (who are ALSO Christian actors) - since maybe I think their popularity would've bumped up this movie's hype a bit more.
However, if there is a real down side to this movie, I would say I wish we could've seen a few more miracles done by Jesus (I just wanted to see more); at the ending I was kind of wanting Melissa to go back and give Jesus a BIG HUG before they all left the diner (kinda like one of the Ten Lepers in the Bible who remembered). I mean, the only person who really touched Jesus was Nick when he grabbed Him! Probably just been nice to give Jesus a NICE body gesture after that one.
I also now wish this film had addressed and dealt with the BLASPHEMY issue, because that is one hallmark of Hollywood movies that REALLY ticks me off. And if I was one of the collaborative script writers on the movie, I would've probably added another line to that scene where Jesus is talking about "People who steal" and "people who hop from bed to bed," being which, "They use My Name in vain when I Am the one who has given them life, and breath, and everything they have." I think that would've said a lot. But I digress
Honestly I can say THANK YOU, David A. R. White, PureFlix, AND God, for creating this miracle of a film!
PS: Want to see another film that has the same concept about if Jesus dwelt amongst modern-day people?? See the film "Joshua" (2002)!