All of us in the world we live in must understand that we as people have a hard time accepting anything that in some way is not truer than are own life's situation. Hence, the art of story telling. Like anything written in the bible or other religious book or material, it is given to us, as maybe an age old belief, and by are own faith we can accept or deny that stories truthfulness.
So when we see someone else's perception of their own belief we tend to become even more rebellious, if what we are seeing is different than are own perception of that belief.
The Nativity Story, has it's own story line, one that that doesn't need a by-line. Oscar Isaac, as Joseph was refreshing, maybe because he still has not been overly tainted with trying to act. For this roll is pure reality, so it takes real heart that method acting can never capture. He did a wonderful job, showing us a person that the bible tells us very little about. Keisha Castle-Hughes is fine actress, but the scope of this roll was to much for her, even when she seemed to pull off a scene you could see her struggling. I just don't see how such a great gift is given to her and she couldn't capture who Mary really was. Maybe it's because I am being to critical, but Mary is going to be the Mother of the Son of God, so my teachings and perception show that Mary was far more religious than what the movie was portraying. The cinematography was playing to what we would like to see in this day and age, this to me is unacceptable because the surrounding should never out do the story, especially when your telling a story of this magnitude. The sound editing and musical score were done with great care, I rather enjoyed that.
For a movie it was OK, but for the story it was telling it failed miserably. We should never down play a real story, and this movie does this way to many times. I guess people in show business are like diplomat's, they rather be politically correct, than to tell the real story. As for Catherine Hardwicke, I think she needs to return to doing strictly production designing for she is really good at that (Tombstone, The Newton Boys), or maybe she should try directing fictional type stories...
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