The Visual Bible: The Gospel of John (2003) - Biography, Drama, History

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The story of Jesus' life as told by the apostle John, narrated by Christopher Plummer.

IMDB: 7.7
Director: Philip Saville
Stars: Henry Ian Cusick, Daniel Kash
Length: 180 Minutes
PG Rating: PG-13
Reviews: 7 out of 77 found boring (9.09%)

One-line Reviews (33)

If you've seen "The Greatest Story Ever Told" and enjoyed it even a little bit as a piece of biblical story-telling, then you will love this version of John's Gospel.

I just finished watching this on DVD,and while it was a vast improvement over Mel Gibson's The Passion,it is so repetitive as to become annoying!

Absolutely stunning movie, word for word from the Bible .

This has got to be one of the WORST movies I have seen in a long time.

Let me tell you, that part of the movie was BORING, and seemed to stretch on for nearly half an hour.

Well needless to say we watched the entire movie and enjoyed it a great deal.

" And this sort of pointless iteration of the obvious goes on throughout the duration of the film.

The music lacks unity, running the gamut from evocative Middle Eastern flutes in the scenes of the shore to a melodramatic orchestral build to the arrest.

Comparing it to Gibson's naturalist PASSION, this movie is boring as far as this aspect is concerned.

It's deadly boring and horribly unnatural!

" Hearing about a non-controversial "Life of Jesus" movie, being released in the theaters was a very exciting thing for me.

Of course there will always be problems with any movie concerning religious characters but overall it's a good production and well worth watching.

It's a rich, engrossing film.

Nothing like watching a redundant, boring movie.

One of the main reasons that I enjoyed it is that it is a word for word visual retelling of John's gospel with nothing added and nothing taken away.

Visually Stunning .

The crucifixion here is so utterly mundane and undramatic that it's hard not to be bored during the event (where are Matthew's darkness, earthquake and resurrected bodies when you need them?

The locations, sets, wardrobes, and musical score were simply breathtaking.

As a result, it may sometimes be boring since it seems not to leave much interpretation, and the content may be condensed since John's Gospel is not that wide as Mathew's, for instance.

Christopher Plummer narration of the story made it exciting to watch.

Moreover, Matthew shows Mary Magdalene on Easter morning learning of Jesus' resurrection from an angel in the empty tomb, while John has her find out from Jesus himself.

This movie is very tedious.

' Some might find this annoyingly repetitive.

It is absolutely stunning!

I highly recommend it, and just a heads up--the "Special Features" addition to the DVD set is a great bonus!

and even the outdoor desert scenes were compelling.

May God bless the director, actors, producers and the whole crew for putting their talent and work to retell the greatest story of all time in a way that is faithful to the Word and worth watching over and over.

This runs the risk of being a deadly bore in cinematic terms.

A compelling film, accurately portraying the Gospel of John .

The dialogue was very repetitive.

If you haven't seen this movie, I highly recommend it...

I enjoyed it immensely.

I still didn't expect it to be as good as it was, and as soon as I popped the DVD into my TV I was mesmerized for the entire three hours of the movie.