1. Standard memberRBHILL
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    28 Feb '14 17:16
    Is anyone going to see this movie? Any of you Jehovah witnesses? I heard the devil gave it bad reviews! 😉
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    28 Feb '14 17:41
    Originally posted by RBHILL
    Is anyone going to see this movie? Any of you Jehovah witnesses? I heard the devil gave it bad reviews! 😉
    Where is it on really like fantasy films
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    Son of God

    Biblical drama. Starring Diogo Morgado, Amber Rose Rovah, Roma Downey and Greg Hicks. Directed by Christopher Spencer. (PG-13. 138 minutes.)

    Let he who is free of snark cast the first stone on "Son of God," the rare Christian film to get wide release in the United States.

    Jesus of Nazareth's accent changes frequently, with dialects ranging from 13th century Scottish to 21st century San Diego. Jerusalem looks as if it was built in a few hours out of balsa wood and an X-Acto knife. There appears to be more hair product being used in this movie than in an entire season of "Dancing With the Stars."

    And yet the film does thoroughly succeed in one important regard: offering a coherent, viewer-friendly account of the life of Jesus Christ. The movie flies by despite its 138-minute running time, a holy CliffsNotes that packs in all the greatest hits. Never again will a Sunday school student get lower than a C-minus on this material.

    "Son of God" was the vision of reality show creator Mark Burnett and actress Roma Downey, who plays Jesus' mother, Mary. It's built with scenes from their 10-hour History Channel miniseries "The Bible," plus some material that didn't make the TV show.

    The story begins with a prologue that plays like a "Rocky" sequel montage, covering multiple movies' worth of material. There's David and Goliath! Noah building his ark! Moses parting the Red Sea!

    Things get better when model and Portuguese soap opera star Diogo Morgado shows up as Jesus. He's definitely the well-groomed and exfoliated Jesus of children's picture Bibles, not the gloomier $1 supermarket candle Jesus or the more feral Scorsese/"Last Temptation of Christ" Jesus. The son of God in "Son of God" would be the best-looking guy in the room at an Abercrombie & Fitch catalog shoot.

    But this is the rare case where presence is more important than performance in a role. Morgado shows little range, even when he's being flogged, crucified and (spoiler alert!) comes back from the dead. The actor commands attention with swagger, like a young Brad Pitt in "Thelma and Louise." Burnett and Downey must have picked him based on instinct more than track record, and Morgado was a good choice for this material.

    In the age of Blu-ray players and bigger television budgets, "Son of God" scales up with mixed results. Production design and costuming deficiencies in particular are brought into stark relief on the big screen. The shawls are a little too clean, teeth a little too white and straight, and the baskets carrying fish and loaves all look like they came from Cost Plus World Market.

    The crucifixion scenes are a bigger success. "Son of God" gets a PG-13 rating solely for its violent moments, which capture the betrayal, brutality and sacrifice of the story without seeming gratuitous. A few heathens laughed out loud at some of the stilted dialogue and awkward directing choices. More audience members were weeping.

    I'm guessing that outside of free critic screenings, more crowds will be in the latter camp, and won't notice things like an overbearing musical score that doesn't give viewers a choice what to think. They won't care that risen-from-the-dead Jesus looks a little like he's in a "Saturday Night Live" skit. They won't immediately think of "Monty Python's Life of Brian" when crucified Jesus is talking to a sinner on a neighboring cross.

    Always look on the bright side of "Son of God," and the movie will provide higher rewards.

    Peter Hartlaub is The San Francisco Chronicle's pop culture critic. E-mail: phartlaub@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @PeterHartlaub
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    28 Feb '14 18:08
    Originally posted by JS357
    Son of God

    Biblical drama. Starring Diogo Morgado, Amber Rose Rovah, Roma Downey and Greg Hicks. Directed by Christopher Spencer. (PG-13. 138 minutes.)

    Let he who is free of snark cast the first stone on "Son of God," the rare Christian film to get wide release in the United States.

    Jesus of Nazareth's accent changes frequently, with dialects ranging ...[text shortened]... ncisco Chronicle's pop culture critic. E-mail: phartlaub@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @PeterHartlaub
    is it as good as the life of brian
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    28 Feb '14 18:29
    Originally posted by redbarons
    is it as good as the life of brian
    That wouldn't take much.
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    28 Feb '14 18:32
    Originally posted by redbarons
    is it as good as the life of brian
    Stale and boring British humour.
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    28 Feb '14 18:45
    Originally posted by Rajk999
    Stale and boring British humour.
    so what is good entertaining humour
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    28 Feb '14 19:053 edits
    Originally posted by redbarons
    so what is good entertaining humour
    There is no arguing taste in humor.

    PS maybe it just got stale for me.

    But Bob Newhart's earliest albums (The Button Down Mind pair) still kill.
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    28 Feb '14 19:12
    Originally posted by redbarons
    so what is good entertaining humour
    Whatever makes me laugh ..😀 . Like JS357 said .. there is no arguing that.
    I will grant you that some years ago maybe you are too young to remember ... 'Dave Allen at Large' was funny .. good British humour. Generally I like the US late night comedians. Im from this side of the world [I live in the Caribbean].
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    28 Feb '14 19:44
    Originally posted by Rajk999
    Whatever makes me laugh ..😀 . Like JS357 said .. there is no arguing that.
    I will grant you that some years ago maybe you are too young to remember ... 'Dave Allen at Large' was funny .. good British humour. Generally I like the US late night comedians. Im from this side of the world [I live in the Caribbean].
    ok I remember Dave Allen and he was funny and maybe monty python was a bit off the wall but I am from the uk and find the pub landlord more to my taste
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    02 Mar '14 10:29
    Originally posted by RBHILL
    Is anyone going to see this movie? Any of you Jehovah witnesses? I heard the devil gave it bad reviews! 😉
    That would be a sacrilegious offence to Jehovah's Witnesses.
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    02 Mar '14 13:301 edit
    I saw the movie it was pretty good.

    Every time you read the word over and over again you always get a different revelation from God about something. So on the scene where they cast a stone to a prostitute Jesus says, he without sin cast the first stone. For the first time I got that Jesus is the only one without sin. So he has the right to throw the first stone. But he chooses not to and forgives her.

    I saw the preview for Heaven is for real. Where the kid goes to heaven and meets his unborn sister that die before he was conceived and grandpa and then tells his parents about it and so they knew he was for real because they never told him.
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    02 Mar '14 18:49
    Originally posted by RBHILL
    Is anyone going to see this movie? Any of you Jehovah witnesses? I heard the devil gave it bad reviews! 😉
    I'm going to go see it. I was disappointed that the guy they got to play
    Jesus wasn't as plain looking as could be. If that however is all that wrong
    with the movie, it will be good. I'll let you know what I think after I watch
    it.
    Kelly
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