Being a Christian, I love the Lord with all my heart, the things He has done for us, and everything about Him. One of my friends, who is a Mormon, told me to check this movie out. At first, I was excited to see it, but after viewing the film on YouTube, I was a little disappointed.
Jesus Christ is barely even involved in the plot, instead, it's Jericho and his friends that get the screen time. The only seconds Jesus ever has in this are the moments with Him and Jericho to the crucifixion. Some of the characters aren't that interesting, either. Miguel, for instance, is supposed to be a chameleon with charm and cuteness, but he comes off looking like an obnoxious idiot. And, if he's supposed to be a Spanish speaking animal, why does his voice keep changing to plain English, Irish, and who knows what else? Another problem I have with "At Jesus' Side" is the lack of telling the viewers what's going on. Where did Psychosis come from, why does he hate and want to kill dogs, and how did the animals journey miles to Jerusalem? We don't know. The movie never explains it.
The animation, I'll admit, is nice. It can be a bit mediocre at times, but it's decent.
Even though it is supposed to be a film based on the Bible, "At Jesus' Side" is a movie you'll only want to watch once. The acting is... eh, there are no explanations for most of the scenes, and it becomes sugarcoated throughout half of the film.
If you want to see a good animated movie about the story of Jesus, I recommend, "Jesus: He Lived Among Us" or "The Miracles of Jesus" from 1989. As for "At Jesus' Side," it's not the movie I expected to see.
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