The Nativity Story

by Jen

-Directed by: Catherine Hardwicke, Harvey Harrison, Andy Lumsden

-Keisha Castle-Hughes, Shoreh Aghdashloo, Oscar Issac

Now, in the long and colorful history of film, it could easily be said that there are many topics which could challenge a director. I’d have to guess one of the most challenging might be the topic of this film. Nothing quite like telling the story of the birth of Christ to really make a lone director feel a little pressure. That might be why this film had three. All kidding aside though, I was intrigued when I saw the poster for this film. After Mel Gibson’s Passion of the Christ, I imagined telling other stories about Jesus might be hard to do. Thankfully, I was completely wrong.

This film has what this story SHOULD have. It has a refined quality to it that shows the care and intrgreity of those involved. This is, after all, one of the most beloved and shared stories of all time. It should be given to the viewer with dignity, respect, and most of all love. The directors of this story do all that as they let you bask in the beauty of Morocco as the tale unfolds. The fantastic Keisha Castle-Hughes is Mary, and gives the role a grace I’ve always imagined her to have. Newcomer Oliver Issac is her match as the strong and loving Joseph. He plays the part carefully, with the knowledge in mind that this is a role people will dissect from beginning to end. You don’t need to though. The love and compassion the pair have is a bright point in this beautiful story.

One point which might throw you though is whether or not Joseph believed in Mary’s story of the virgin birth. My friend who I saw this with though made a very good point. A human being might be thrown off guard by such an amazing story, so Issac’s uncertainty is completely understandable. That’s what this movie gives you in great quality though. A human reaction to a heavenly event.

Overall, this is a perfect reminder of what the Christmas season is about. It celebrates the birth of Christ and it might be a perfect missionary opportunity for your friends. Take the time to see this movie, and remember the tiny baby who helped change the world.

(Photo of Keisha Castle-Hughes provided by Yahoo! Movies)

-Jenn Untch
Liberty, Missouri
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