Thursday, December 14, 2006

The Nativity Story

What a powerful movie! I sat in awe in the theatre, not knowing whether to laugh or cry. It was beautiful! When Jesus is born and Joseph holds up baby Jesus and laughs I felt such joy fill me!

The movie was wonderfully done, the acting, the music, the script. It was gorgeous. And it really made you feel as if you were there, feeling Mary's frustration as no one believed her story, feeling Joseph's pain as he saw Mary when she arrived back from her visit to Elizabeth. There's one part where they are on their way to Bethlehem and after Joseph has fallen asleep Mary sees his dirty, bloody feet, sore from walking endlessly on the rocky ground. What does she do? She wets a cloth and washes his feet. It was beautiful. I cried, I must admit. I left the movie in a daze, it was that amazing.

If you haven't seen it yet, please go see it. You will leave the theatre changed and you will see Christmas in a whole different light.

Merry Christmas!


Megan said...

Jessica - What is your opinion on taking young children to see the movie? My girls have been asking to go, but I didn't know if it was too realistic for very tender eyes.

Thanks for your thoughts.

Jessica McDonald said...

Well, the only part that the children might get frightened by is in the very beginning where Herod's men go through a town and murder all the baby boys. The mothers are screaming (and the babies as well.) and then you see the moms on the ground crying over dead babies. It's actually really, really sad.
We didn't take Abigail (8) on down because we weren't sure how violent it was going to be.I personally think it was too much for little people.


Megan said...

Thanks - I was leaning that way too, as I'd seen a preview where the babies were killed and wondered if that would be too over the top for them to understand.

sierra candler said...

Good Evening Jessica- Are you going to the Christmas party tonight? If not I'll see you Saturday. But i hope you come...Miss and Love you..=)

The Pookie said...


Just so you know, there are also some quick showings of crucified men, and men nailed to trees... it doesn't last very long (you can probably just cover up your little ones' eyes), just to give you a head's up. :):):) It's an awesome movie!


Jessica McDonald said...


oh yeah. I forgot about that part...


Clefspeare said...

I agree, Jessica. It was a beautiful and profound movie. I will certainly buy it when it comes out on DVD.

Nice review!

Bryan Davis

Jessica McDonald said...

Mr. Davis,we are planning on buying it on DVD as well. I can't wait till it comes out...and I want to see the making also! :D


Anonymous said...

It was a awesome movie!