About accuracy of story, the film follows the very traditional storyline regarding the birth of Christ, with the Wise Men coming to Christ at the manger, just after He was born. However, considering other films about the birth of Jesus, this one actually tries to capture in great detail the historical setting and situation for His birth, and depicts scenes and moments often missed in other films. I was a little annoyed by the portrayal of Mary, mostly in the beginning. I found I disliked how they showed her as initially a modern moody teenage girl, upset with her parents for the "arranged marriage" to Joseph, who she did not know at all. While she was definitely quite young, I don't think Mary the Mother of Christ would have been rebellious or sulky about her situation! I believe she was a truly godly young woman who feared God and loved Him with all her heart. So that upset me a little, but what redeemed the depiction of Mary's character for me was that after the Annunciation, when the Angel of the Lord appeared to her, she definitely matured and became more sensitive and prayerful and both awed and humbled at the calling of God in her life. So in that way, this was especially beautiful to watch! My favourite portrayal was Joseph's, by far! I love the character of Joseph in the Bible! He was such a man of faith, who feared and obeyed God, against all human understanding. He was a humble vessel in God's redemptive work, yet He was so faithful to care for Mary and baby Jesus and protect them. He was wonderfully portrayed in The Nativity Story, and I just loved that! Another thing I loved in this film, was the time the filmmakers took to show us the long journey - the dangers, the hardships, and the faith it took. On the whole, this a very special Christmas film that I love watching, if possible, on Christmas Eve, just as it is getting dark... :) <3
As a side-note, the music score in this film is GLORIOUS! Just listen to the Christmas Carol harmonies within the orchestral/voice choirs; it is so awe-inspiring and CHRISTMAS-Y!
I recently re-watched the entire 3 parts, and I was again deeply moved and inspired. Also the music is so deep and beautiful, ahhh! I get chills every time I hear the theme music: Jesus of Nazareth Soundtrack
... Speaking of of which, this naturally reminds me of Doctor Who, and since last year I've fallen in love with BBC Doctor Who's annual Christmas specials that have been aired since 2005. So far, there are 10 episodes, and I am highly looking forward to this year's one as well...
On the side, I am positive those antlers the Doctor is wearing actually once belonged to Wilfred, Donna's granddad!