There are many movies being made by Hollywood nowadays but only a handful of them are considered gems by movie critics. The "cynical" movie reviewer Joseph Farah did not think that he would like "The Young Messiah" directed by Cyrus Nowrasteh and co-written with his wife Betsy Giffen Nowrasteh, but he liked it so much that he actually watched it three times already.
"It's a fictional interpretation of what it must have been like for the 7-year-old Jesus to learn His destiny," he wrote for WND. "It starts in Egypt, where Jesus spent His early years. We often forget about that time because the Bible offers little in the way of detail about it. Later, we follow Jesus, Mary and Joseph as they travel back to their home in Nazareth."
Farah did not want to dish out any spoilers, because he really wants people to watch the movie for themselves in theatres. What he did say, however, was how brilliantly the movie was executed.
"I'm just going to tell you it is faithful to the time period, it is gorgeously filmed, it is extraordinarily well acted, and the story is utterly amazing, endearing and inspiring," he gushed. "Though the story is obviously extra-biblical, its spirit is in harmony with the message of the Scriptures."
He also raved about the performance of the young lead Adam Greaves-Neal. He called the boy a "star" who delivered an "unforgettable" portrayal.
What impressed Farah even more was how the movie was made despite the difficulties it faced. "Nowrasteh had many doors slammed in his face. Money was tight. There were many roadblocks and obstacles to overcome to get the picture made and released in a big nationwide opening next month," he wrote.
Still, the couple persevered in order to share with the world the early years of Christ. "I can't wait for more people to see it and to learn of its effect on our culture," he said. "It's a powerful movie. I can't say enough about it."
"The Young Messiah" will make its way to cinemas on March 11.