Christmas movies are pretty popular this time of year. We've got Charlie Brown, Rudolf, and Frosty to look forward to over the coming weeks. To many children, Christmas is that time of the year when they get together with extended family, have a fun party at school, and of course, get lots of presents. But if you are a Christian, you know Christmas is so much more. The real reason for the season is the birth of Christ.
There are many, many, movies about Christmas, and quite a few are even about the real reason we celebrate, but I haven't seen too many that are musicals. That's one of the reasons I think The Promise: Birth of the Messiah is one of the really special Christmas movies.
From the website: In ancient Israel, during the days of King Herod, a young couple’s world is turned upside down when the prophecy of a long-awaited deliverer unfolds upon their lives. They must trust in God’s promise in the midst of rising challenges, and their faithfulness is rewarded as they witness the most surprising and glorious event of all human history – the promise fulfilled in the birth of the Messiah.
Let me just say that the animation in this film is really well done. I haven't seen anything else quite like it. After doing a little research, I found out why: The animated production leverages optical motion technology to blend traditional animation techniques with the performance talents of ballet dancers and dramatic stage actors. Pretty amazing, right? The result is a film that your kids will sit still for, and you'll enjoy as well. The singing truly sounds like something you'd hear on Broadway, and features the Montreal Boys’ Choir. The musical score was done by James Gelfand and and Louise Tremblay. You would probably recognize some of the shows Gelfand has been a part of, like Sagwa, the Chinese Siamese Cat.
The story is true to the book it is taken from, the Bible, from the Gospel of Luke. In fact, the film company team went through the Gospels during pre-production, focusing on the four passages in the book of Luke that the film is based on.
“Our goal was to find the joy, tension and excitement that must have gripped Luke as he recorded the eyewitness accounts of this marvelous story,” says Lon Vining, Director of Outreach for Glorious Films. “Our hope is that ‘The Promise’ will become a Christmas family viewing tradition for many years to come, but we also hope audiences will see that it’s as timeless as the birth story of Jesus Christ, and not just another Christmas movie.”
Check out this short trailer:
I think your family will love The Promise: Birth of the Messiah. Pick it up in time to discuss it over the Christmas season. The film is available at Amazon and many Christian book stores. I've got a special Christmas giveaway coming soon that includes The Promise, so stay tuned!
Keep up with The Promise on their website.
I received this movie in order to review it and share it with you, however, all opinions are my own.