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|The Nativity Story|
Actors: Keisha Castle-Hughes, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Oscar Isaac, Hiam Abbass, Shaun Toub
Director: Catherine Hardwicke
It was the cruelest of times. Under Herod's torturous reign, families struggled to survive and yet, in the midst of utter turmoil, a young woman's faith is put to the test. Join Mary (Keisha Castle-Hughes) and Joseph (Osca... more »
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Donna P. from LAKE WALES, FL
Reviewed on 2/18/2016...
Of all the Nativity stories with the exception of Veggie Tales ;-) I think this one is the best. It shows us what it was truly like to live in those days under Roman rule. I like how it concentrated on the relationship between Mary and Joseph.
Evelyn Y. from ABILENE, TX
Reviewed on 1/17/2016...
I really didn't know what to expect from this movie; the simplicity and authenticity just blew me away...I first heard about it, when I stumbled across the youtube video by Amy Grant, Breathe of Heaven. Watch that and see if it makes you want to know more about this movie! We loved it. Will watch it ever few months, just because it is enjoyable. Thanks!
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Alice B. from SANDY, UT
Reviewed on 7/24/2013...
This is the realistic Nativity story that was in the movie theaters. This is a wonderful and realistic story of Jesus' birth.
Elizabeth B. (bethieof96) from NINETY SIX, SC
Reviewed on 5/25/2013...
Very good movie about the lives of Mary and Joseph and the people of the time and the events leading up to the birth of Christ. Very good inspirational movie.
"...and thou shalt call his name Jesus."
Kona | Emerald City | 12/10/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"You know the plot: After young Mary is betrothed to an older man, she is told by an angel that she will bear God's son. She could be stoned for this pregnancy, but Joseph has a dream explaining the situation, and he takes her as his wife. They must then make the difficult journey to Bethlehem for the census, and they arrive just in time for the baby's birth in a stable.
It is a lovely story, told quite simply and tastefully. The costumes and village sets are rough-hewn and authentic-looking in earth-tones. The international cast features Keisha Castle-Hughes as a straightforward and uncomplaining Mary, used to hard work and Roman tyranny. Oscar Isaac is a warm and protective Joseph. Shohreh Aghdashloo is wonderful as Mary's cousin Elizabeth; in fact, the entire cast is excellent.
The movie is suitable for all ages and I hope it becomes a tradition to show it on television every Christmas. It sticks to the Bible story and is happily lacking in Hollywood razzle-dazzle. The photography is beautiful and it is respectfully directed. Highly recommended."
The Human Side of the Nativity
Golstriker | Tampa, FL USA | 01/21/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"While any Christian would like this movie, what was particularly moving for me was how it depicted the relationship between Mary and Joseph. All the difficulties they overcame, from public scorn to doubting the future, and wondering why they were put in the position they were in. Their relationship is loving, yet reverent for their bigger assignment. They are a team on a journey. So many times I wondered what the two might have said to one another, and the two people who play the roles are uniquely suited for them and they pull the whole thing off with splendor. This is a must-have for any Christian family during the holidays, and a wonderful story to show youngsters as they grow up. Certainly it's the best-ever depiction of the nativity that I have seen and probably ever will see."
Prayerful meditation on the season of Christmas
family-style movie lover | Washington State | 02/10/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you're looking for a gradiose production in Cecil B. DeMille style, this film is not the one for you. But, if you want a sense of the mystery and beauty... the true meaning of Christmas, you will find this film everything your heart could desire. Throughout, the writers and director did everything possible to be in conformity with the history and theology of the birth of Christ, so that no mainstream Christian will find anything contrary to the scriptural account. While there are moments (like the slaughter of the infants and the birth of John the Baptist) which may not be suitable to little children, I highly recommend this film for family viewing. With a little sensitive explanation, most kids 12 and up should have no difficulties.
As for the performances, they are excellent (with, perhaps, the single exception of the Archangel Gabriel, whom I found a bit distracting)! Throughout, you get the sense of really getting to know the principle characters of the nativity narratives... what they might have been thinking, how they may have felt. The film provides unique perspectives that most never take the time to think through, and those perspectives bring the story to life. Again, if you have problems with films that are not packed with motion and non-stop action, you probably won't make it through this one. If you enjoy deep thought and prayer, on the other hand, this film will more than satisfy. I love it and I'm buying multiple copies for all of my friends that missed it in the theaters.
Note: After reading a few other comments from others, I wanted to add a brief post-script regarding the scriptural accuracy of the film. There are a few trivial differences from scripture such as the Magi coming to the manger on the night of the birth and not arriving at "the house" some time later. But, let's be reasonable. You DO have to allow for the time constraints of the movie and permit a couple times where the story is "condensed" (such as in this moment) in order to keep the story line moving. However, you will find that, where these liberties are taken, it has no impact on the story and the message of the bible. I know my scriptures well and I had no problems with this movie. I would hope that this movie would become a tradition for every Christian household during the Christmas season so that Christmas would once again become that season of grace... of quiet and humility... of hiddenness and charity... just as it was meant to be (instead of plastic trees, loud noise, pushing and shoving at the malls, runaway commercialism, etc.) Perhaps, if this movie hasn't made the kind of money that sick comedies or blood-and-gore action movies usually draw, it's a good sign. Maybe it will tell us that this movie brings to us precisely the kind of counter-cultural message that the world needs to hear... a message "rejected" that is the very cornerstone of Christian belief."