The Book of Esther

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This is the lowest budget film I have ever seen. It feels more like a student project than a Hollywood movie. The acting is deplorable with no real depth to the characters, as though the actors themselves were students (and this is in truth a bit of an insult to drama students everywhere – my apologies! So maybe students who flunked out of acting school). It has little in common with the Biblical story, even going so far as to give Yahweh a speaking part. The voice of God speaks to Hadassah, in a bizarre parody of the Annunciation. The movie also managed to make the story feel small and insignificant, as though Esther was in no real danger when she goes to the King without being summoned. It totally misses the mark as to the gravity and importance of the story, with no real element of mortal danger involved for anyone. Soon to be ex-queen Vashti is portrayed as a spoiled prom queen, petulant to the extreme and when Esther is queen, she cultivates a friendship with Haman’s daughter (I don’t remember that part from the Bible …)

The only way I was able to suffer through the entire film was to keep a tally of the number of times a character says “Hail, King Xerxes” (there’s a lot!). My one response to other criticisms I’ve seen is in regards to how the female Jewish characters wear a lot of makeup. They do, and with their earrings, other accessories and pseudo-historical costumes would probably fit right in on the streets of Greenwich Village,  but bear in mind this is set in Persia and Jews did whatever they could to blend in. However this is only the smallest defense I can muster for this appalling attempt at telling one of my favorite Bible stories. Try watching One Night With The King instead – you won’t be disappointed. – BETHANY

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Sweet Hadassah (Jen Lilley), probably just before God speaks to her and tells her she’s special.  Funny, I don’t remember reading that in the Bible.

What a, er, lavish banquet hall for ALL the nobles in the Empire (I guess there aren’t that many).

Nice David’s Bridal tiara, Esther!

Esther makes friends with Haman’s daughter (?!)

Hail King Xerxes!  And nice … uh … hat.

Haman and his wife on the left, Esther and Mordecai on the right, just before Mordecai is put on trial.  (?!?!?)

How to make a costume for Mordecai:  Glue trim from Joanne’s fabrics on any old thing and voilà!

Um, nice throne room for a huge Empire.  Plus the ‘girl thinks she’s alone but the guy is there watching her’ cliché.

Oh, when will I ever learn how to act?  Or be in a good movie?

 

 

Photos courtesy of Pure Flix Entertainment – I guess this is their idea of purifying a Bible story.  ( – unless otherwise credited in clickable form)

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