"The Greatest Story Ever Told" is another biblical epic about the life of Jesus. It follows his story from his birth to his crucifiction and resurrection. The film is very beautifully staged and filmed. The pace is slow with much focus on Jesus's philosphy. Max von Sydow plays a larger-than-life Jesus, who speaks in King James Bible quotes. He's never developed into a deeper, multidemensional character, which makes it somewhat difficult for the viewer, or at least for me, to really get involved in the story. A Christian viewer may find it easier to relate to the character and story; the film definitely takes Jesus's teachings and the gospels very seriously. The acting is good. Some have criticised the film for the many celebrity cameos. They didn't bother me, and I must admit I didn't even notice Angela Lansbury or Shelley Winters in the film so their cameos must have been very small. Von Sydow is good in the lead but because his character is underdeveloped there are others that are more interesting. I especially enjoyed Charlton Heston (as John the Baptist), David McCallum (as Judas) and Telly Savalas (as Pontius Pilate (this was apparently the film he first shaved his head for)).
To sum up, "The Greatest Story Ever Told" is a gorgeous, technically very well made film that's weaker on characterization and narrative, but still definitely worth watching for fans of biblical and/or epic films.