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A familiar tale gets new life on this new high-def edition....
Warner / 101 Minutes / 2006 / Rated PG / Street Date: March 5, 2013
Over 2000 years ago, under Herod’s torturous reign, families struggled to survive in Roman-occupied Israel. And yet, in the midst of utter turmoil, a young woman’s faith was put to the test. Mary (Keisha Castle-Hughes) and Joseph (Oscar Isaac) join on an incredible journey of hope and trust of a divine birth that would change the world.
Examining Biblical scripture and understanding the culture at the time, the story of Mary and Joseph is more provocative than some may have thought. After visiting her cousin Elizabeth for months, Mary returning pregnant brought great shame upon Joseph, his family and Mary’s family – shame of potential death for Mary according to custom.
Following the convicting assurances of angels that Mary son would be the divine savior according to Biblical prophecy, it’s interesting to watch how this scandal shapes their very humble lives-on-the-run.
Director Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight, Red Riding Hood) has a background in production design. And emphasizing a working production design that reflected how the Israelis lived 2000 years ago brings a nice gravity to this film. Add great casting, terrific cinematography and a decent pace, and this is an engaging retelling of Mary and Joseph’s travails and far from a fairy tale.