AN NRT MOVIE REVIEW
Mesmerizing Speculation and Inspirational Humanity
The Young Messiah's speculative take on the childhood of Christ hits home.
 



What was Jesus like as a child? 

That's the question The Young Messiah endeavors to offer a speculative answer for by way of a fictionalized dramatic narrative. 

Scripture offers little clarification in this area, so the movie has a lot of room to write is own arc. That said, the film's suggestion that the child Jesus had to learn for himself just who he was over time is bound to draw controversy. However, if you're willing to accept this premise as at least worthy of consideration enough for two hours (and if you don't mind the child Jesus sounding like he stepped off the streets of London), this movie is a gem of a family film.

Young actor Adam Greaves-Neal is strong and appropriately innocent as a child Jesus, balancing a childlike vulnerability with the foreshadowing of messianic strength. The adult cast is also strong, with Sean Bean as the centurion dispatched to eliminate Jesus serving as a notable standout. As one of the film's exclusively fictionalized characters, he has a freer arc that allows for more unpredictability, even if it's clear where his character is ultimately going. Bean captures effectively the conflicting emotions in a subtle but effective performance. All of the Biblical and historical players who do make an appearance are treated to effective and human characterizations and subtle nuances that really enhance an appreciation for the dynamic Christ might've grown up in.

Overall, I came away pleased with the viewing experience of this film. Families have found another gem to add to their annual viewing traditions. With so many "Jesus movies" around with a myriad of opinions on which is best, The Young Messiah offers a fresh angle to examine our Lord and Savior from. While it doesn't pretend to be anything other than speculative, it can still serve to enrich our understanding and, at minimum, provoke some interesting discussion about what Jesus was like as a child. While I could nitpick a few details that have room for improvement, these are insignificant compared to everything the movie gets right.

The Bottom Line: By foreshadowing future Scriptural moments and wielding an overall reverence for the people at the heart of our faith, The Young Messiah triumphs as one of the standout faith movies of recent years.

J.J. Francesco is an aspiring fiction writer who enjoys Christian rock, good movies and TV, good food, and good company.

Christian Music, Devotionals, Interviews, Editorials
Christian Music Fighters
NEW! AN NRTEAM FEATURE
Christian Music Fighters
A number of artists deal with ongoing health issues ...
 
 
Gospel for People Who Don't (Yet) Like Gospel Music
NEW! AN NRTEAM FEATURE
11 Songs For People Who Don't Like Gospel
Our Editor learns a lot once he gets out of his box.
Behind the Song Devos
NEW! BEHIND THE SONG DEVOTIONALS
Corey Voss & Robert Pierre
They share the heart of 'Canyons' & 'Without You' ...
 

ADVERTISEMENT

Christian Music, Facebook Christian Music, Twitter Christian Music, Google Christian Music, YouTube Christian Music, Instagram

ADVERTISEMENTS

Christian Music

©2017 NewReleaseToday
A Division Of NRT Media Inc.

CHRISTIAN MUSIC

Discover
New This Week
Coming Soon
Free Downloads
Album Preview
Playlists
Reviews

MOVIES/TV

Trailers
Reviews

NEWS

New Music
Movies / Media
Books
Events
Tours
General

VIDEOS

Music Videos
Exclusives
#NRTLive Hangouts

EXCLUSIVES

Articles
Devotionals
Interviews
Concert Reviews
Contests
We Love Awards

NRT RADIO NETWORK
replica watches
One
Worship
Remix
Jam The Hype
Christmas
payment gateway

 

MORE INFO

RSS
Privacy Policy
Terms of Use
Advertising
Staff
New Music Email
Contact

CONNECT

Facebook
Twitter
Instagram
Pinterest
Google+
Periscope