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The Gospel of John is an amazing production.
on 20 December 2004
This film of epic proportions was beautifully written, photographed and acted. The authors attempted to stay authentic to the location, clothing and props of the time. This is a word-for-word production of John's gospel, based on the Good News Bible Translation of the American Bible Society.
This movie is the product of Canadian and British talent. Henry Ian Cusick is gives a phenomenal performance as Jesus - charismatic, warm, confident, sincere. He is by far the best dramatic Jesus on film so far. The cast truly supports his performance, and they give flavor and emotion to the story. Watching them, one believes that these disciples are truly devoted followers.
The music was composed by Jeff Danna using instruments authentic to the time and region. While the dialogue can be repetitive, it stays true to the book. It is a 3-hour movie, but I was never bored, even though I already knew the story. The suffering and crucifixtion were handled delicately and with tact, and were only a small part of this film. The resurrection scenes are beautifully shot.
I recommend this movie to anyone with any interest in the life of Jesus, the bible, Christianity or history.