The Nativity Story

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"Her child would change the world."
  • PG
  • 2006
  • 1 hr 41 min
  • 6.8  (12,337)
  • 52

In 2006, 'The Nativity Story' directed by Catherine Hardwicke and starring Keisha Castle-Hughes, Shohreh Aghdashloo, and Oscar Isaac was released. The movie follows the biblical story of Mary and Joseph, the parents of Jesus Christ, and their journey to Bethlehem for the birth of their son. The movie begins with the Roman Empire's rule over the Holy Lands and King Herod's reign over Judea. Mary and Joseph belong to a small village called Nazareth, where life is peaceful and unchanged. However, their lives are turned upside down when Mary learns that she will be the vessel for the son of God.

The revelation is hard for Joseph to accept, but ultimately he chooses to believe and support Mary. The couple must navigate the challenges of Mary's pregnancy and the societal stigma that comes with their story. As they travel to Bethlehem to take part in the census, they face hardships, including bandits, severe weather, and fatigue.

Meanwhile, King Herod, who hears of the prophecy of a new king, is threatened and paranoid about being overthrown. He commands that all baby boys be slaughtered, leaving Mary and Joseph in danger. They find refuge in a stable, where Mary gives birth to her son, Jesus.

'The Nativity Story' offers a fresh take on familiar material, presenting the characters as fully formed and complex individuals. It is a movie that explores the depths of faith, love, and sacrifice that are central to the story of Mary and Joseph. It accurately depicts the harshness of life in the Middle East at that time, as well as the oppressive Roman rule and Herod's tyrannical leadership.

The movie's dialogue is in Aramaic and Hebrew, adding an authenticity to the story. The visual effects, particularly in the scenes that depict Jesus' birth, are breathtaking. The music is also an essential part of the movie, with songs that complement the emotions and themes present throughout.

One of the standout performances in the movie is by Keisha Castle-Hughes, who plays Mary. The actress portrays Mary's strength and courage with a nuanced touch. Her portrayal of the Virgin Mary is not a passive figure, but rather an active participant in her own story.

Oscar Isaac, who plays Joseph, is also excellent in his portrayal of the man who accepts his role in the story, even though it brings personal hardship. He is supporting, protective, and loving towards Mary, and his love for her and their son is evident throughout.

Shohreh Aghdashloo, who portrays Elizabeth, Mary's cousin, brings a subtlety to her performance, adding depth and meaning to her scenes.

In conclusion, 'The Nativity Story' is a movie that presents the story of Mary and Joseph in a way that is both honest and respectful. It depicts their journey with authenticity and sincerity, making it a movie that is both informative and inspirational. The movie is a reminder of the transformative power of faith in the face of adversity and the enduring legacy of the story of Jesus Christ.

The Nativity Story is a 2006 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 41 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.8 and a MetaScore of 52.

The Nativity Story
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The Nativity Story is available to watch free on Kanopy. It's also available to stream, download and buy on demand at Apple TV, Amazon, Google Play, YouTube VOD and Vudu. Some platforms allow you to rent The Nativity Story for a limited time or purchase the movie and download it to your device.
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    1 hr 41 min
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    6.8  (12,337)
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