This movie is made from a believing perspective. However, it doesn't, like most movies made from a believing perspective, fall short in the areas of cinematic quality, costumes, and quality of acting. While the actors are unknowns, the acting is great. There's good casting, and the actors really capture some great things--the emotion, some relational dynamics, and the sensed import of the moment among the characters, without the movie coming off in a cheesy way. This doesn't look like a low-budget movie, as some movies covering these topics often do. The theological and historical shortfalls? 1) The wise men arrive when the shepherds do (Scripture seems to say that the wise men, in contrast to the shepherds, got there sometime under two years later--they come to a house and not a stable and Jesus is described upon their arrival as a child, not an infant; also, Herod kills all children in Bethlehem two years-old and under, in accordance with the information he got from the wise men, regarding when the star first appeared), and 2) The movie advances that everyone was expecting "the Messiah" to come right then when He did. Scripture would say, "No," on this, as the Gospels are full of people being surprised that anyone is making a claim to be the messiah (hence, they crucified Him and didn't say, "Hmm. Well, who is it then? Let's look for who else is around his age, is a son of David, and is making these claims."). In the Gospels, in contrast to what this movie portrays, the response of the people is much more characterized by a "Here? Now? Nah, don't think so," than a "Where is He? He must be amidst us somewhere" attitude, which the movie portrays. This isn't heresy, though. It's just a historical misunderstanding. Just know this, buy the film, and enjoy. I was really pleased! Buy and enjoy this movie!
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