Top positive review
Great Quality! A film that honors Jesus and the biblical story.
February 26, 2018
I first went and read the one star reviews because I just couldn’t understand why anyone would give this movie 1 star. I think the 2 that were there didn’t even watch this movie!
First of all, the quality is GREAT! It rivals all those Disney movies out there in terms of quality of picture, animation, music, and it is filled with big name voices.
Second, the story of Jesus’s birth is told mostly from the perspective of the animals and Mary and Joseph. The animals do not talk with humans, but can understand them. The film will frequently show the donkey braying at Joseph when he attempts to communicate. I’m terms of sticking to the Bible, the outline of the story does. No weird things are added or left out. The animals are the ones seen to sort of “save” baby Jesus through their actions, though with God’s help (at one point the donkey prays for God to help. He gets help.) The “bad guys” are Herod’s guard and his 2 dogs who are sent out to kill baby Jesus.
The camels are the comic relief, who my 4 year old thought were hilarious. She laughed out loud plenty of times.
The movie does take a couple of liberties in showing some of the struggles Mary and Joseph may have had - like how it was probably difficult to wrap their minds around being the parents of the son of God and frustrating that they couldn’t find a place to stay in Bethlehem. They make a point to say that following God isn’t always easy, but worth it.
There is a scene of a bird dancing and shaking his butt to the screen. He also says “I’m going to find someone to poop on” at one point. Those were probably my least favorite parts. Mostly because I don’t want my kids to talk about poop or go around and shake their butts, we all know how kids imitate what they see. So I’ve made known that’s not ok for my kids to do.
Overall, this is a great movie. My kids want to watch it everyday. I wish Hollywood would make more movies about the Bible that are legitimate and actually honor God like this one does!
Also *spoiler* the 2 bad dogs who are tracking down Mary and Joseph end up being “saved” by the end. They come to the manger and one dog asks if they are good now, the other dog responds, we have to try. I liked this because it reinforces the message that when we accept Jesus the old is gone and He will do a new thing in us. We may not be perfect, but we try to do good.