Growing up a child of many Christians, I have seen and heard many stories about the Birth of the Messiah. There isn’t a whole lot of variation, so I had no expectation for this one to be very different. I was, however, pleasantly surprised at how the story was told differently. The Promise told the beautiful story differently than I’ve ever heard it before and did it so very well! I love the way they told the story, starting with when Mary and Joseph were getting to know each other. Not an aspect I had ever really thought about before, much less seen played out! The movie is full of cute little songs that make one want to sign along and I love that the story is told so beautifully. Especially the funny bits that are thrown in via the animation. Just enough to keep the kids attention but not so much that it would take away from God’s story. Overall, I feel like the Promise is a wonderful telling of the great story and if you like musicals, or just have children, you’ll want to add this to your movie collection. I feel like it will become a classic, one we must watch every year to remind us of the True meaning of Christmas.
ABOUT THE PROMISE
The Promise: The Birth of the Messiah is an animated musical celebration of one of the most pivotal events in all human history, the birth of Jesus Christ.
This beautifully crafted musical is a faithful adaptation of the birth narrative from the Gospel of Luke in both story and song. The animated production leverages optical motion technology to blend traditional animation techniques with the performance talents of ballet dancers and dramatic stage actors. The result is a unique and worshipful story experience that will inspire audiences young and old for years to come.
Glorious Films is the home of high quality entertainment products created from a strong biblical worldview. The creative and technical teams are world-class and have come to from all over the globe. Their first film, The Promise, is an animated musical about the nativity story that will be released in 2013. The second film, The Prodigal, an animated musical based on the parable of the prodigal son, is in production for a Spring 2014 release.
I am just going to start this review by confessing: I am a Christmas junkie. I love it, all of it, the Christmas specials, the feelings they bring, holiday gatherings, decorating, all of it! The thought of having a perfect Christmas drives me all year long! This year I have had the privilege of reviewing Christmas stuff- I’m in way up to my ears with happiness over this one!!!
Now, on to my thoughts! The movie has a great story! Having seen probably a hundred Christmas movies, I can honestly say that I haven’t seen this story before! I loved the story and the message behind it! The set designers did a great job of making it a believable little town and homes! The actors could use some work, but then perhaps the fact that they aren’t household names is what makes this special. The film makes you feel good and even amidst mediocre acting you want to watch, to hear the story, to see it unfold.
Overall, I can’t turn down any holiday movie, good or bad. This one has a great story, an actual unique one which is a rarity. While this probably won’t be your new holiday favorite, it is one you will feel good watching. Personally, I enjoyed it. I am a sucker for a good Holiday story!
About The Movie
After their parents separate, two estranged sisters who haven’t been on speaking terms reunite in hopes that having a family Christmas all together for the first time in years will bring their Mom and Dad close again. They plan to do this in their old family home… the only problem is someone else lives there now.
The DVD includes a limited edition Norman Rockwell print!
Who is Norman Rockwell? Rockwell was famous for his famous American culture illustrations and artwork. He was born in the late 1800’s and died in the mid 1900’s.
Director: Vanessa Parise
Cast: George Canyon (Christmas Miracle, Dawn Rider, Man of Steel), Aaron Pritchett, Britt McKillip (Dead Like Me), Carly McKillip (Hot Rod)
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Soundtrack also available featuring holiday songs performed by George Canyon