Mary Magdalene is a controversial and struggled attempt of a film to tell her story and clear up any misconceptions about her.
The film follows Mary, a young women in search of a new way of living. Defying her traditional family to join a new social movement lead by Jesus of Nazareth. She finds a place for herself within the movement and at the heart of a journey that leads to Jerusalem.
The non-Christian filmmakers have tried to create a film which offers a different portrayal of Mary by promoting her to the main person in the historical account of Jesus’ life and ministry. Their aim was to clear up any misconceptions about Mary. However the filmmakers completely miss the mark and have created a slow moving story which at times doesn’t flow and is very far from actual Scripture.
There is no passion in this film and the portrayal of Jesus (played by Joaquin Phoenix) is the most weirdest, oddest and weak portrayal ever seen, you wouldn’t think it was Jesus. This portrayal is one of the biggest let downs of the film, there is no warmth in his character and the relationship between himself and Mary in this film is concerning.
The portrayals of the disciples however is better and they feel quite human and natural.
The only highlight of this film is the cinematography alongside the locations, however this doesn’t help the pace, the story or the acting.
At the end of the day this film wasn’t made by Christians and is not a Christian film, so it isn’t surprising that the story and the portrayals completely miss the mark, ending up with a rather slow paced, uninspiring and disappointing movie.
We know that God can use all things for His glory, so if this film prompts someone to find out more about who Jesus really is, then that is awesome.
Mary Magdalene is now available on DigitalHD and on DVD and Blu-ray from 23rd July in the UK.