Doctor Who Episode Review – “Deep Breath”

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So last night, the long awaited first episode of Series 8 aired, bringing Doctor Who fans around the world running to their TVs. Some were excited out of their minds, thrilled about the new Doctor, played by Peter Capaldi. Others were going to watch, but had little hope for the results they would get, disappointed by the older Doctor, hating Clara, and overall not enjoying themselves. Then there were some, like myself, who were cautiously optimistic about the new Doctor, thrilled about Clara, and a bit worried about Moffat’s meaning behind the words: “Moving the show in a more adult direction”. (SPOILERS are contained in the following review)

The episode hit the group running, bringing us to Victorian London, where we see the Paternoster gang checking out the gigantic T-Rex that is scaring the citizenry. They are bewildered when it seems that the T-Rex is choking on something, and we soon are treated to the TARDIS being regurgitated out of the dinosaur’s mouth. So lovely! (not)

We then meet the 12th Doctor, fresh out of regeneration, experiencing a pretty bad case of regeneration sickness. (not quite as bad as the 6th Doctor’s. He tried to kill his companion. All 12 did was yell at everyone and act a little crazy). He proceeds to pass out, prompting Vastra to say what the Brigadier of Class Who used to say. “Here we go again…” My reaction to this scene was basically this:

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We return to the house of the Paternosters, where the the Doctor sleeps and Vastra has an ever so slightly weird conversation with Clara. Like, I honestly sat through the whole thing like this:

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Until Clara totally told Vastra off! It was like Clara’s awesomeness went up times 1000! 😀 I especially loved Jenny’s reaction. While all this weirdness is going on, the Doctor is sneaking out and talking to the previously mentioned dinosaur. We watch as the dinosaur bursts into flame before the Doctor’s eyes. We are also treated to a scene where the enemy for this episode reveals himself. A strange half-human, half-droid who apparently murders a guy for his eyeballs. EW!

After all this, the Doctor disappears, leaving Clara at the house with the Paternoster gang. None of them seem to believe that the Doctor will return, but Clara refuses to give up hope. This is the point where certain aspects of the storyline began to bother me(more on that later). We witness the Doctor freaking out a poor little homeless dude because apparently, the Doctor hates his new eye brows. I mean, you can hardly blame him though, considering that his previous self had NO eyebrows worth speaking of!

Clara finds an ad in the paper: IMPOSSIBLE GIRL. And figures out that the Doctor wants to meet her for lunch at a restaurant. When the Doctor arrives at the restaurant, they realize that neither one of them put the ad in the paper. This is where I truly began enjoying the episode. The banter between the Doctor and Clara was so much fun! I had several giggle fits during that scene. They quickly realize that the restaurant is a trap, run by the creepy thing that I mentioned earlier. They are trapped by these strange things, and the Doctor begins to wonder if perhaps he has encountered these species before. He leaves Clara alone, and she is captured by the… creatures? I don’t know what to call them. Again, Clara showed her true mettle, bravely facing down these enemies alone, not knowing if the Doctor would save her this time. I wanted to jump up and give a loud cheer for her. And then there was the poignant moment when she reached behind her, believing that the Doctor, even in his new form, would still have her back. And he did! The Paternosters come to save the day and…

Ok, no more spoilers. If you are reading this and haven’t seen it, then you need to watch it to know the end. A few words of warning however… For Christians, the relationship between Vastra and Jenny poses a moral problem. It has been made known in the past that they are married, but it was never dwelt upon or made a big deal out of, which I appreciated. Unfortunately, it was pushed to the point of being uncomfortably forced. Even people who don’t care about the fact that they are lesbians felt it was a bit much. The real kicker was a scene where they “kissed”. I could feel myself wanting to scream at Moffat at this point, but thankfully it was short lived.

My overall thoughts on the episode: The first 45 minutes were… Alright. Too much Vastra and Jenny, and the Doctor was a bit cuckoo! Last hour or so? Minus one or two scenes, pure AMAZINGNESS! I never expected to love this Doctor as much as I do, and I eagerly await the next episode!

 

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Book Review – For Such a Time (Kate Breslin)

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In 1944, blond and blue-eyed Jewess Hadassah Benjamin feels abandoned by God when she is saved from a firing squad only to be handed over to a new enemy. Pressed into service by SS-Kommandant Colonel Aric von Schmidt at the transit camp of Theresienstadt in Czechoslovakia, she is able to hide behind the false identity of Stella Muller. However, in order to survive and maintain her cover as Aric’s secretary, she is forced to stand by as her own people are sent to Auschwitz.
Suspecting her employer is a man of hidden depths and sympathies, Stella cautiously appeals to him on behalf of those in the camp. Aric’s compassion gives her hope, and she finds herself battling a growing attraction for this man she knows she should despise as an enemy.
Stella pours herself into her efforts to keep even some of the camp’s prisoners safe, but she risks the revelation of her true identity with every attempt. When her bravery brings her to the point of the ultimate sacrifice, she has only her faith to lean upon. Perhaps God has placed her there for such a time as this, but how can she save her people when she is unable to save herself?

For such a time was an excellently written book, with a depth that drew me into the story immediately. The plight of a Jewish woman during World War II was a compelling story. The book was written well, with excellent characterization. I loved the character of Hadassah, and found myself crying with her at several points in the story. Her struggle was so poignant. Aric’s character was intriguing, and I truly loved reading about his growth and change throughout the story. Joseph was the other character that I LOVED, though it hurt so much to read about the horrors that children during the time endured.

One of my favorite things about the story was the parallel to the story of Esther. Hermann, the main villain, was a good take on Haman. The message of faith and redemption came through loud and clear in the book, without being overbearing.

I did have a few complaints however. I felt that the romance moved a bit too quickly, to the point where I did not feel interested in the romantic aspect. I felt like that part of the book could have been a bit meatier, though I appreciate the overall innocence of the romance. There was also a bit of violence, but nothing too terrible. My biggest complaint however, were the historical inaccuracies. The author herself said that it was not entirely true to history, but some of the errors could have been avoided. I did not mind the fact that the biggest event in the book never really happened. It was really the little things. Dates, objects, minor events, that bothered me.

My rating: 4 out of 5

BBC’s Sherlock – My Thoughts

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So I finally (tried) to jump on the Sherlock bandwagon, after being nagged by my sister, my friends at church, and pretty much everyone I follow on Pinterest. I was initially a bit wary, but I was impressed. So what did I think?

Well, I will start with the pros. The show was definitely engaging, and I loved that the episodes were so long. It made it feel more like watching a series of movies! The characters were really well thought out for the most part as well. As much as I really dislike Benedict Cumberbatch, his performance of Sherlock was flawless. He really did a great job of playing the calculating, detached man who deep down inside wants to have friends and family. I actually found that I related to Sherlock on a certain level. His mind works differently than that of the average person, and for that he is often regarded as weird or crazy by his peers. John was also a great character, though I had to keep telling myself NOT to think of Bilbo Baggins the entire time! John was such a likable character, despite his flaws, and Martin Freeman really did a great job of bringing him to life. The villains were always AMAZING… and creepy. Moriarty especially. More on that later. As for side characters, I loved Lestrade. He obviously cares a lot about Sherlock, but also gets VERY annoyed with him. Mrs. Hudson was a great character too, a mother figure to Sherlock and John. Molly was a nice character too, though I feel she was really underused, more on that later.

Now for the cons, and sadly this list is long. The language was EXTREME. Up to this point, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is the edgiest thing that I have watched in terms of language, but it seems benign to Sherlock. They use God’s name in vain often, as well as the D and H words. They also have a habit of using the B words and occasionally saying the S and F words, though these are usually cut off. The sexual content was a bit much as well. I actually skipped the entire first episode of season two because I had been warned about the content. I did read a summary though. There were a lot of relationships that seemed inappropriate, mainly people having sex outside of marriage. It was also frustrating to see so many people assuming that Sherlock and John were homosexual, but I appreciated that both the characters were quick to correct people on that point. There was a fair amount of violence, though I have seen some worse in other shows. This is a murder mystery after all. The villains were usually pretty freaky, Moriarty being a standout. He might give the very sensitive people nightmares, because he is definitely NOT a guy you would want to invite over for dinner.

My other complaint about the show is the fact that two characters were underused, both of whom had GREAT potential. Anderson, who I assumed from the start would be a great “anti hero” type of person, turned out to be a character who only popped up every few episodes to make a sarcastic comment. And the whole thing with his going crazy in season 3 really ruined the character for me. The other character is Molly. She has so much potential to be a great love interest and friend to Sherlock, but she only appears briefly in the episodes she is in, and Sherlock usually just says something rude to her. I feel like Moffat could do so much more with her, and it would be nice to capitalize on that next season.

With all this in mind, my general thought is that while Sherlock is a good show, with great characters and a good plot, the content is enough to keep me from recommending it. I will await the next season, but not with the giddy anticipation I feel for Doctor Who currently. My rating? I give the show 2 stars out of five. If it weren’t for the content, I would gladly give this show a five star rating, but unfortunately, Moffat has failed to win me over.

My Thoughts on the “Once Upon a Time” Season Finale – Part One

So last night, the final episode of the third season of Once Upon a Time aired, sending the fandom into a frenzy. This was the first two hour episode to be aired, but I believe it was a good movie to make the finale a bit longer. The entire thing was an emotional roller coaster; joy, sadness, true love’s feels, and a myriad of other emotions took a huge toll on me! So here are my thoughts on the episode, and some questions I am left with.

I loved every minute of the first hour, from the touching scenes of the Charmings together, to the sweet moments of Rumbelle, to the party at Granny’s. But it was overshadowed by Emma’s desire to return to New York, which Henry and Regina were finally made aware of. When Emma runs out of Granny’s, obviously upset, I loved that it was Hook who went to talk to her, without any argument from the Charmings. The following conversation was touching and revealed just how scarred Emma is by her past.

When Emma was pulled into the time portal, I gave a loud cheer as Hook willingly went in after her, and laughed aloud as he said, “Someday I am going to stop running after this woman!” When it is revealed that they ended up in the Enchanted Forest right before Snow and Charming’s first meeting, I began to grow very nervous. Hook and Emma are both very concerned about accidentally messing up the future… a few minutes later they have ruined her parent’s first meeting, essentially ruining the future. The story becomes very “wibbley-wobbly and timey-wimey” as Emma and Hook race against time to fix what they have messed up, which requires help from a certain Rumplestiltskin.

I freaked out for the greater part of the first hour, unsure of what was going to happen to Emma if her parents did not meet each other. And then there was the question of who this young woman that Regina held captive was. I felt like I had seen her before, but could not place who she was, but more on that in part two.

Several familiar characters returned, including Red, Abigail, and Blue. I was especially excited to see Red return! I was howling with laughter as Hook and Emma worked out their plan to get Snow and Charming to meet, as Emma met Hook from the past. The best part was Hook knocking himself out. The way the episode “ended” was a cliffhanger, as Emma was captured by the Evil Queen and Hook decides to go after her.

Part two will be coming, as well as some pictures!

Movie Review – Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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So last night I finally had the opportunity to see what is being called by some the first real blockbuster of the year. It broke the record for best April box office opening, and is currently the number one movie in the world. Is it worthy of the accolade? My thoughts? DEFINITELY! Worthy of an Oscar in my personal opinion!

Let’s start with the characters. Obviously, Steve Rodgers is back, and this time his character is even better. We explore more about his beliefs, and his dedication to justice and freedom. There is one scene between him and an old, dear friend which absolutely broke my heart, because we see just what his being frozen for 70 years caused. We also see fellow Avenger Natasha Romanov, better known to some as Black Widow. She definitely shines in this film, revealing the depths of her character and making a pretty big sacrifice in order to save a lot of people. I loved how all throughout the movie, she was wearing a necklace with an arrow on it. A gift from Hawkeye? A new character was introduced in this film: Sam Whitaker, better known to some as the Falcon. He will be in the next Avengers film according to reports, so while we didn’t get to know a whole lot about him in this film, we will definitely be seeing more of him again. Sam turned out to be a delightful character, who becomes a great friend to Captain America. We also see the return of several familiar faces, including Nick Fury, Agent Maria Hill, and a couple of old friends from Captain America.

The plot itself gets off to a “running” start (no pun intended for those who have seen the film), and gets us right into the action after briefly introducing us to Sam. After this, it is pretty much nonstop action, from rescuing a ship from pirates, to running from a dangerous assassin known only as the Winter Soldier. Throughout the film, Captain America, Black Widow, and the Falcon, discover dangerous secrets about S.H.I.E.L.D., fight against mysterious forces, and must decide what to do when the very people that are supposed to be protecting them betray them.

The biggest problem I had with this film was the amount of violence. People get hit with fists, shields, falling objects, etc. Bullets fly often, though we rarely see the aftermath, as well as knives once or twice. Several people are electrocuted, and we see several car crashes. Thankfully, it is relatively bloodless, minus some bullet wounds, and one scene in which we see a burned body that looks pretty gross. There is also some language, but thankfully the worst word we hear is sort of covered by a bunch of explosions. We hear the d, h, and one of the b words, the worst, like I said, is the “s” word. Cap and Natasha do share one kiss, but it is not sexual in any way.

Captain America was an incredible movie with a great political thriller twist, that is sure to please longtime Marvel fans and newbies alike. I give it 4 1/2 stars out of five, and recommend it to teens!

Movie Review – God’s Not Dead

Gods-not-dead This evening my sister and I went to see the film God’s Not Dead, which has been highly praised by Christians for being an excellent film that is well worth the drive many people are making to see it. My sister and I personally drove about 40 minutes to get to the nearest town to see the film, and got lost twice, which made the total over an hour. And it was well worth the drive.

The synopsis of the film is as follows: Present-day college freshman and devout Christian, Josh Wheaton, finds his faith challenged on his first day of Philosophy class by the dogmatic and argumentative Professor Radisson. Radisson begins class by informing students that they will need to disavow, in writing, the existence of God on that first day, or face a failing grade. As other students in the class begin scribbling the words “God Is Dead” on pieces of paper as instructed, Josh find himself at a crossroads, having to choose between his faith and his future. Josh offers a nervous refusal, provoking an irate reaction from his smug professor. Radisson assigns him a daunting task: if Josh will not admit that “God Is Dead,” he must prove God’s existence by presenting well-researched, intellectual arguments and evidence over the course of the semester, and engage Radisson in a head-to-head debate in front of the class. If Josh fails to convince his classmates of God’s existence, he will fail the course and hinder his lofty academic goals. With almost no one in his corner, Josh wonders if he can really fight for what he believes. Can he actually prove the existence of God?

The film was certainly well made and well researched, with Josh presenting reasonable, scientifically based arguments for the existence of God, confirming once more that science actually proves the existence of God in more ways than not. Josh’s bold stand for Christ, along with several other characters, was truly inspiring. Several other characters must make a choice, including Prof. Radisson’s girlfriend, who is a Christian. Others include a Chinese student whose very culture is opposed to Christianity, and a young Muslim woman, in whose culture you can be cast out for following Christ. At some point in the film, each of these characters must make a choice. Will they follow Christ? Or take the easy path and follow the world?

The movie was also well acted, with Shane Harper portraying well a student who must choose between his beliefs and the world. Radisson was brilliantly done by Kevin Sorbo, whose own story was remarkable in the light of the film. To be honest, there isn’t much more I can say without spoiling it. Though I can say that I NEVER expected the ending. I cried, and was truly inspired by the film. There was nothing inappropriate in the film, the only things of concern are: 1. A scene showing a person being hit by a car and 2. A lot of the debate will go over the heads of younger viewers.

God’s Not Dead was an amazing film that I highly recommend to anyone looking for a good film to see this weekend, but be aware that not all theaters are showing it. Go to the movie website to find out if a theater near you is showing! I give this film 5 out of 5 stars!

My Thoughts on the Latest Episode of “Once Upon a Time”

553950_644645168940905_1183940043_nAfter almost three months of waiting, the Once Upon a Time fandom was finally rewarded with a new episode, titled “New York City Serenade”. I eagerly awaited it, and was certainly not disappointed. I was going to write this last night, but my brain was too excited to say anything coherent. Instead of a a full fledged review, I am just going to write some questions that the episode raised for me.

1. Are Phillip and Aurora being forced to work for the Wicked Witch? Or are they doing it willingly. Their conversation would seem to say the former, as they mentioned that she would take their baby away if they didn’t help her.

2. Where did Hook go after he left the others? And how did he get back to the real world without being cursed? Hopefully we will find out in the following episodes.

3. How did the Wicked Witch get to the Enchanted Forest? When in the timeline did she arrive there? And will we see Dorthy, The Wizard, and other iconic characters?

4. In the preview, there was a bit about the people of Storybrook turning into flying monkeys. Does this mean that all of the people of Storybrook are really flying monkeys, and the real people are still in the Enchanted Forest? And what about Hook?

5. Why did the new curse only erase a year of memories? The other one wiped everything of their lives in the Enchanted Forest, so why hasn’t this one?

6. Why does the Wicked Witch want revenge on Regina? Are they related perhaps? Or possibly old enemies?

7. Finally, when will Henry get his memories back? It was bad enough that he lost them with Emma in the first place, but the fact that he seems like an entirely different kid without them makes us desperate to see him get them back.

Overall, I loved the episode. It was a bit slow, but I don’t think it would have been as good if we had been thrown right in the middle of an action sequence. I think we needed to be “reintroduced” to the story. After three months of waiting, it was good to start it off at an easy pace. I eagerly await next weeks episode, and hope desperately that Rumple is coming back(and for a cheesy sequence where he and Belle run into each others arms).

Movie Review – “Thor: The Dark World”

Hey everyone! Sorry I haven’t posted in a few days, but I have been having some serious computer issues, which led to my getting a brand new computer, complete with Windows 8 and all the bells and whistles.

Last night my sister and I watched “The: The Dark World” together, and it was our second time seeing it. I had forgotten how much I loved it, and enjoyed just as much the second time as I had the first. I will start, as usual, with what I didn’t like. For starters, the language was a bit heavier in this one as opposed to the first film. Whereas the first film only had a couple of uses of the “d” and “h” words, this film had multiple uses of each, along with one full and one half usage of the “s” word, which was extremely shocking. One scene that I hated was a scene in which Eric Selvig (Who sort of lost his marbles after the events of “The Avengers”) is running around Stonehenge shouting… sans clothing. Fortunately, private areas were pixelated, but it was still extremely uncomfortable to watch.

Now for the good stuff, and there is lots of it! Thor was his usual lovable self, showing how obviously he has grown since his first appearance. Over the course of the film, you begin to see what  a truly caring and noble man he is, even going against his own father to protect his people. Speaking of Odin, we see a different side of him in this film, which is not a actually a good thing. We see a haughty, slightly self serving side of him, and there were multiple instances where I found his parenting skills to be lacking. Jane Foster was every bit as awesome as I remembered her, with her brainy ways, caring heart, and bravery. One of my favorite examples of her courage was a part where a monstrous ship was about to fall on top of Thor, and she covers his body with her own in a futile attempt to save him. Definitely someone to learn from. Now, we all know that this was coming inevitably… it is time to talk about LOKI!!!!!!!! Loki was the first main character that we saw on screen outside of Malekieth, and dominated every scene he was in after that point. Over the course of the film, we see the holes in his carefully constructed walls. He obviously cares for Frigga, his mother, and definitely desires SPOILERSPOILERSPOILERSPOILER, which seemed to be the main purpose in his helping Thor. We also see a gallant side of him, as he twice in one scene protects Jane, almost dying in one instance. In the end, he makes the ultimate sacrifice to save Thor and Jane, in a sob inducing scene that left me in shock.

Darcy Lewis, Jane’s vivacious and goofy intern, has a chance to shine here as well, proving her mettle several times, as well as finding… Love? The film resounds with messages about family, love, and sacrifice, and the scene before the credits left me screaming. WHAT ON EARTH JUST HAPPENED????? The mid credits scene was a bit odd, apparently connecting to the upcoming film “Guardians of the Galaxy”. The after credits scene however, was the most beautifully cheesy, romantic running-into-each-other’s-arms scene ever. Overall, “Thor: The Dark World” did not disappoint, and was even better than the first film. The language, however, forces me to bump a star off of an otherwise stellar review. So I give “Thor: The Dark World” 4 stars out of 5. Teens will definitely enjoy this film!

TV Review – Murdoch Mysteries

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So just the other day, my mother stumbled across a TV show while searching for something on Amazon. We recognized the lead actor, Yannick Bisson, from the show Sue Thomas F.B.Eye, so my mom decided to check it out. After watching all of the first season, and about 5 episodes of the second season, I am giving Murdoch Mysteries a rating of PG-13 and 3 1/2 stars out of 5.

The show follows Detective William Murdoch, during the late 1800s thru early 1900s as he solves some of the most puzzling mysteries in the city of Toronto. He uses “newfangled” methods, that are very uncommon at the time, such as finger printing, lie detectors, even x-rays, all with the limited technology of the time period. He also happens to be a Catholic, in a largely Protestant city, which occasionally comes into play in certain episodes. Other characters are Julia Ogden, a pathologist whom Murdoch happens to have feelings for, Constable Crabtree, Murdoch’s friend and fellow officer, and Inspector Brackenreid, Murdoch’s boss.

I will start with the things I didn’t like, since I like to save the best for last! For starters, they do use the B—-rd word a few times in every episode, and Inspector Brackenreid has a bad habit of using the word “hell” in the wrong way. They also used the other “B” word once, but in historical context, there is nothing vulgar about it. There is also a bit of violence, but considering the show revolves around solving murders, that is to be expected. There is some blood, and we often get pretty good views of the wounds on murder victims, though it is much better than anything you would see in a “modern” mystery show. Another thing, though less minor, is that many of the murder victims were involved in adultery and other things; in one episode, a man was making advances on his adopted daughter. The most disturbing example of this was an episode in which the murder victim was a homosexual, and a greater part of the episode revolves around trying to discover if it was his partner who killed him. Fortunately, the episode did not seem to be “promoting” the lifestyle per se. In fact, Murdoch expressed multiple times during the episode that he believed it was wrong. Another homosexual character in the episode commits suicide, due to the treatment by those who discovered his lifestyle, leaving us with a question: How should Christians respond to homosexuality. We must find a balance between standing on the truths of God’s word, while still loving our fellow man as God loves us.

OK, now for what I do like! The show is entertaining, especially in the form of Constable George Crabtree, who is a sort of sidekick to Murdoch. There is no rude humor that I have noticed; all the laughs are clean and entertaining. The budding romance between Murdoch and Julia is innocent and sweet, especially since Murdoch seems to be struggling to express his feelings. The characters hold justice in the highest regard, and Murdoch refuses to see innocent people go to jail or hang for crimes they didn’t commit. He often is looked on as odd by his superiors, due to his progressive techniques, but he never lets that deter him. Another great thing? For once, he is a main character who lives a lifestyle that I would model. He does not drink, cuss, or have steamy, sexual relationships. He treats everyone fairly and values truth and justice.

Overall, I think anyone 14/15 and up should be able to enjoy this show, if you don’t mind the things that I mentioned. I will probably review more as I watch more episodes, as there are 6 1/2 seasons thus far! If you love mysteries, then this show is definitely for you!

Movie Review – “One Night With the King”

“One Night With the King” is the visual retelling of the story of Esther, the young Jewish girl who became queen, and saved her people from destruction. The synopsis on the DVD is as follows(be aware that she changed her name to Esther to protect her identity in this version of the story).

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“Born into poverty, Hadassah grows up to become a beauty who catches the eye of the powerful King Xerxes — and ultimately becomes his bride. But despite her position, Hadassah’s life is in danger, and the state has decreed that all Jews will be put to death. Defying warnings to remain silent, however, Hadassah struggles to save her people, even as she attempts to hide her heritage, in this exciting and inspiring story about courage, faith, and destiny.”

I had heard of this film before, and as my Sunday School class has begun a study on the book of Esther, I thought it appropriate that I watch it. To start out, I will say that the acting was SUPERB! Tiffany DuPont absolutely shone as she brought my favorite Biblical character to life. She portrayed Esther as I always imagined her: graceful, Godly, kind, and beautiful. John Rhys-Davies(Lord of the Rings, The Princess Diaries 2) was an incredible Mordecai as well! His faith and trust in God was inspiring, and I felt like it was the most accurate representation I had seen of the character. King Xerxes was not at all like I imagined him. To be honest, I always saw him as being closer to middle aged, a bit stuffy, etc. Never did I expect young and handsome with a fiery spirit. Despite this, I found myself enjoying Luke Goss’s interpretation of the character. Haman was every bit as evil and snakelike as I imagined him to be, making me shudder with every carefully chosen word. I would like to point out that they took some creative liberties with the story though. We are never told in the Bible whether or not Esther loves the king, yet in the film she is head over heels in love. In the film there is also a young man, Jesse, whom she has feelings for before being taken to the palace, and there is the added backstory of Haman murdering her parents when Esther was young. Despite this, I found that the story largely remained true to the Biblical account.

One of the best things about this movie was how clean it was. The most disturbing sequence for me was at the beginning of the film, where we see a battlefield strewn with bodies. While it wasn’t too graphic, we do see a bit of blood. And the sexual content is surprisingly minimal. While there are some implications about certain things (we are told in very vague terms what constitutes a Eunuch, but again, nothing inappropriate), we are not shown. Obviously, the candidates for queen didn’t spend their one night with the king playing board games, we are never shown what they do. The most sensual thing we see is Esther and the king sharing a few passionate kisses.

I give this film 5 stars for people aged 11 and up. I highly recommend that everyone take the time to see this movie, especially young women, as we can learn a lot from Esther. Instead of adorning herself with elaborate clothes and jewels for her one night with the king, she chose to be simple, and allow grace and Godliness to be her adornment. So many wonderful messages can be gleaned from this film! And the book was very good as well, though I personally enjoyed the movie more!

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