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Running Time: 173 minutes
Closed Caption: Yes
Language: English and in English Subtitles
Release Date: September 6, 2005
Actors and Actresses: Leonard Nimoy, Nathanial Parker, Sheryl Lee, Jonathan Pryce, and Franco Nero.
Kid alert: there is some blood in the battle scenes but, not a lot. Some adult content with David and Bathsheba (and his other wives) that you know something is going to happen but, you don’t see anything you just know what’s coming next. Another area of content is the leading up of the rape of Tamara (2 Samuel 13:1-22). Nothing is shown but, it’s clear with what is happening. I would not advise this with younger kids and this is something you many need to talk about with your older children.
I think we all know the story of David who was a shepherd boy who became one of Israel’s greatest kings. David defeated the giant Goliath with a stone and a sling when all the army of Israel feared the giant Philistine hero. The boy who soothed King Saul’s when he was troubled with his harp.
David a man of great passion and faith and yet, he sinned and committed horrific acts against man and God and yet we read in scripture:
And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave their testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will. Acts 13:22 (KJV).
David has always been one of my favorites in the Bible. He was so real and so like us in so many ways.
When I watch movies and books based off the Bible I always except the artist to add their own creativity to the story. Of course, I would love that not to be the case. I look at the movie and books in whole to decide what I think of it.
Is it way off when it comes to the scripture- I know and expect an author to add fictional details and make assumptions on the silent parts in the Bible that we just don’t know. Adding details is fine, changing the facts found in the Bible when in my opinion there is enough of information in the book I tend to cringe if it’s way out there. Trying to put God’s Word in movie form seems to be difficult to actually capture on screen.
Some movies that have been based on the Bible are pure evil and devoid the scripture and distort God’s Word. The Bible Stories David wasn’t horrible in content. It does stray some but, nothing too far out there.
We know a lot about David as we have much information about him in the Scriptures.
I feel that the movie captured the complexity of David's character. David was portrayed as a man who loved the Lord and wanted to do right in His eyes. Yet, he was a man who sinned and made mistakes along the way. I love how prays or as we would say now he quotes the scriptures within the book of Psalms within the movie when he is asking God for guidance, asking for forgiveness, praises Him, and in so many other situations. He did a good job bringing out a man as complex as David. The scene of David dancing before the ark was done beautifully. I wasn’t captivated with the scene when David meets Goliath. I think they could have done it better.
I wasn’t real impressed with Saul’s performance in the movie. I don’t know why he just didn’t seem to fit the man we read about in the word, I guess his character just didn’t work for me. Maybe, the setting up the plot started out with Saul anointed as king and shows a few scenes building up to David facing Goliath. Okay, I get the movie isn’t about Saul but, it just jumped so fast from scene to scene it felt like Saul was only a king for a very short time. It just didn’t flow well. When it gets to David the story slows down.
Some of the actors and actresses did an amazing performance and some of them weren’t so good. The actor who played Absalom did a great job portraying his character. Samuel was played by Leonard Nimoy did a wonderful performance portraying a prophet.
Then the scenery is not Israel but, overall I think they made it work. I would have loved to see the men and woman look more Hebraic and would love to see more of the culture of the time.
Overall, I found this a clean and enjoyable movie to watch. I would recommend The Bible Stories David. The Bible Stories Series is also available.
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