I’ve got no problem with churchgoers finding comfort in endless depictions of the Greatest Story Ever Repeatedly Retold. Really I don’t. But this is a film column, and, cinematically speaking, this earnest but bland Sunday-school flick is a disaster of, well, biblical proportions.
Narratively, it’s more of a series of setups for Jesus to utter His Greatest Hits than a coherent story. The tanned Portuguese actor in the title role does more posing than acting, and suggests little depth. The score’s cornball, the Jews are portrayed irresponsibly negatively and it’s way too long. (138 min)