I’m going against a wave of negativity, as I really liked the premiere episode of “The Bible” series on the History Channel.
I already knew it would present just a selection, and that artistic license would be taken (like the fighting angels who really didn’t have to fight at all in the physical realm…kind of silly to me…however…).
So, going along for the ride, I felt they captured the heart of the stories. The actors put their all into it, and I loved the multicultural casting. No, it wasn’t on the level of “The Passion of the Christ,” and they didn’t stick to each line of the Bible as the “Matthew” series did. And I wouldn’t have done it this way at all.
But this was their artistic interpretation.
It saddens me to see such scathing remarks floating on Facebook and in the media from fellow Christians. (But some of those comments, although negative, were fair.) Maybe critical assessments could be done in the Spirit of Love?
I don’t think anyone sets out to make a bad movie, do they?
The attached review offers a great food-for-thought quote though:
“The feelings behind the series may be sincere — Ms. Downey has said that she and her husband ‘felt called to do this’ — but the approach here actually shows a lack of faith in the power of the biblical stories. The real Bible is a layered, often lyrical epic in which personal journeys are intertwined with collective ones, and human failings bump up against human strivings.”
Yes, I totally agree. It could’ve been so much more. But I still look forward to watching next week’s episode, and applaud them for even attempting so great a work.
And, I will read the stories for myself again, which was their hope in the first place.