If you decided to spend part of the holidays going to see a movie, there's a good chance you've seen the trailer for Son of God. Did you at any point feel like you've already seen the film? I don't mean in the "here's a story everyone knows" sort of way, either; I mean "I think I've literally seen this before." Well, you're not wrong, because the film known as Son of God is actually an edited-down version of the miniseries The Bible that aired on the History Channel earlier this year.
Seems kind of lazy, doesn't it?
Lazy, but maybe genius at the same time. The year 2014 is primed to be big for Biblical epics. Sure, Son of God is phoning it in what with already being a thing that existed on TV, but later in the year we get Noah, Darren Aronofsky's take on The Great Flood, and Exodus, Ridley Scott's take on the story of Moses. One wonders if Son of God is making a mistake by not having a one-word name; was Messiah considered to be too in your face?
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It'll be interesting to see how well Son of God does in theaters and whether or not it heralds the start of more miniseries making the jump from TV to theaters in edited form. How often did folks say in 2013 that TV was better than the cinema? And unless you're a fan of Doctor Who (or Jesus, apparently), you don't often get the chance to see your hero's adventures on the big screen.
What I'm really saying is that the BBC should release Sherlock in theaters. But I digress.
In any case, check out the trailer for Son of God below and count how many shots you remember from The Bible or from the commercials for The Bible. Or just in general, I suppose. We are talking about one of the most famous stories ever told, after all.