The cell animation is quite impressive in The Miracle Maker: The Story of Jesus, but it always comes as a jarring transition when we go from the claymation scenes to the cell animation, and then back again. They had little but still seemed relatively happy. If you are going to do the Easter story, and his parables, show the 12 apostles and etc-then this is the way to go about it. They're very familiar with the Bible stories presented, but it still wasn't engaging for them. Threatened by the attention and admiration the preacher is getting, the Roman authorities seek to prosecute him, with the duplicitous Judas voiced by David Thewlis facilitating arrest with his infamous kiss of betrayal.
I enjoyed the mix of stop motion and toon animation, esp in the parables. The film is never to entertain—the film is intended to give a clear message. But all this is pretty modest stuff. I knew that this movie was a cut above the rest. Among the half a dozen companies credited with making The Miracle Maker is Icon Entertainment International, the foreign subsidiary of Mel Gibson's Icon Productions, which of course would shortly thereafter go on to make The Passion of the Christ, by far the biggest religious film of our time. You might find it too violent for children, but something that people don't often consider is that the bible itself isn't rated G.
Fortunately, The Miracle Maker is an exception to the norm. On the other hand, the death of Christ is accompanied by a dramatic rending of the temple veil, a significant detail that could easily have been left out. Detail is remarkable and sharpness and clarity so satisfying as to make you marvel at the depths of field and meticulous character design. You know when you decide to pick what kind of movie you want to go see and then settle in to watch it? The soundtrack made the moments that were sweet tip me over the edge and had me cry or laugh all the more at the things that were happening and the joy that was found. In the end, this is yet another great production from this creative team. An effort has been made in the script to present the story in the plainest of terms, with characters speaking in unadulterated English, with little or no flowery prose associated with most religious epics.
On certain shots, the animation resembles human physics extremely convincingly. My kids are 3 and 6 and they were bored the entire time. Realism seems to be goal of the film, with the claymation figures modeled as closely as possible on the actual human form, and their dialogue written in an easy and accessible style. The movie ends with Mr. The Miracle Maker has little himself and seems to make more with what little he has. If you've never heard of this and now are interested, it's probably worth giving either version a spin this Lenten season.
The next day, a telegraph arrives that someone is coming as the townspeople explode in excitement: their prayers have been heard! You can rest easy and breathe a sigh of relief when you realize that the entire family can enjoy this family holiday film together and learn a valuable lesson in the process. ? The movie is set in a time where food and money are scarce. Then, there is the hardworking husband and wife, Jenny and Elias, who run a local store but barley have any money to feed their children, let alone pay rent. Even in its recent resurgence, stop motion has never been a prevalent art form. In this story, all but one person is optimistic. As far as the costuming and scenery, I have nothing but the highest praise for this film.
He lost his wife and his daughter, Lilly, suffered an accident that left a scar on her face and so he is bitter. Rarely is anyone proficient at creating mainstream entertainment compelled to incorporate scripture or beliefs into their storytelling. And I find it funny you gave it one star for too much drinking. With claymation models that still lumber when they walk, and jerk when they talk, stentorian protestations do not a believable performance make. The final third of the 91-minute movie is devoted to Jesus' last days on Earth and his foreshadowed fate. As animation, The Miracle Maker is implicitly aimed at the young, but it's something no one should write off as child's play.
Many of those whose lives he touches are able to change their lives and begin to follow his precepts. Booth, how to love again. Preacher Thomas, a young, earnest man, is in love with Mr. I recommend The Miracle Maker: The Story of Jesus. It's worth noting that this film achieves what is impractical for most live-action productions, giving characters an olive-skinned Middle Eastern look that one assumes is more authentic than most Western portrayals. They may be dolls up there on the screen, but the camera treats them like big name actors in a big-budget film, so The Miracle Maker: The Story of Jesus has a realism of camera movement that goes a long way towards keeping our interest. The only really sad people were Lilly and Thomas.
Adapting a story for the screen substantially as it was written is a lost art nowadays. The latter song even goes so far as to provide a hyper chorus that feels anything but boringly anthemic and drum beats that switch up the cadence fairly often. Next, we have Learning From Jesus, an interactive quiz you can take after watching the film. Well, first off; I don't think the models look all that life-like. In conclusion, while this is not the best holiday film, I have ever seen, it certainly will be one that will make everyone in the family consider what is truly essential in this world today.
However, miracles can come in all shapes and sizes-and sometimes from unexpected places. Potter played by Brian Krause gets a change of heart in the end. The Audio: The Dolby Digital English 5. In the end, Jesus faces horrific death at the hands of the Roman Empire, but it is this story that leads to the miraculous Easter narrative that changed history. Grant John the Baptist , Ian Holm Pontius Pilate , William Hurt Jairus , Anton Lesser Herod , Daniel Massey Cleopas , Tim McInnerny Barabbas , Alfred Molina Simon the Pharisee , Bob Peck Joseph of Arimathea , Miranda Richardson Mary Magdalene , Antony Sher Ben Azra , Ewan Stewart Andrew , Ken Stott Simon Peter , David Thewlis Judas Iscariot , Nigel Anthony Centurion , Robert Duncan Lazarus , William Hootkins Lucifer , Emily Mortimer Mary of Nazareth , Sian Rivers Martha , David Schofield Caiaphas , Dougray Scott, Adam Welch Young Jesus 1. Miracle Maker pushes the corporate worship envelope ever so slightly, but that alone is a feat that should be favorably acknowledged. The small town of Woodhaven needs some miracles.
It's a beautiful movie, incredibly well done, and I think my kids will enjoy it in a few years. Ralph Fiennes, Julie Christie, Richard E. This is demonstrated in clear video quality, fine audio quality, and good camera work. While the producers state the traditional animation was used to give an added dimension to the visual strategy of The Miracle Maker: The Story of Jesus, I'm sure it didn't hurt that both companies could work on these different animation techniques at the same time, without having to worry if they'd mesh the film took five years to produce, largely because of the laborious stop-motion claymation process. But he does seem to create a lot with nothing and that is a miracle in itself.