I saw the movie "Son of God" last night. This movie is not as bad as Mel Gibson's "Passion of the Christ," wherein Christ is portrayed in the image of the anti-Christ from the book of Zecahriah, the actresses are all European pornographic film queens, the sceens are structured on the Catholic concept of the "Stations of the Cross," demonstrating that Christ was inadequate to endure the crucifixion without the help of Mary (who helps all in receiving salvation), or the devil is a woman, because spiritual matters might be different than what one expects. However, "Son of God" is similar in concept.
The producers are Roma Downey, a Roman Catholic, and her husband, Mark Burnett, a Christian whose father was Roman Catholic. In general, Catholic organizations highly praise the movie. However, others note the script, drama, special effects, acting, dialogue, etc. are weak, bland, substandard. Toward the end of the movie, it is revealed that Peter is the rock of the church and went on to be its primary leader. Then, scenes are reviewed again on how Mary helped Christ endure the crucifixion, and at the end, a song of praise to Mary is sung. The true dramatic effect of the Gospels is removed from the scenes of the movie, as there are constant deviations on detail from Scripture -- after all, like Jerome and the modern translations emphasize, it is not what the Scriptures say that matters, but what they mean, according to authority. Thus, Sola Scriptura is denigrated. The Mass is seen as very important, celebrated with the apostles as the first event after the resuurection.
Mel Gibson's "Passion" was heavily criticized for its portrayal of the Jews in being responsible for the death of Christ. Much to the praise of movie critics in general, "Son of God" does not make this mistake, but places an emphasis on the Romans being responsible. Hmmm -- does it matter at all that the Gospels clearly indicate that two Roman governors declared Jesus innocent of all charges?? Note Luke 23:14-18; John 18:38-40; 19:4,15. But the theory goes that what Scripute says is not important, but what authority upholds on what it all means. And in the movie, the Romans had to be placated because Jesus' presence at the temple during Passover probably would create a major civil disturbance, and there is another theory that it is is OK to go beyond Scripture in presenting what authority knows is the truth.
I went to the free version of the movie porvided by Compassion International. Thus, I listened to the messages by Downey and Burnett. The movie started with them talking to the audience as though they were authority and we in the audience were children. Roma had an ornate cross and diamond earrings, so it was necessary to know she was an authority. I guess they will become extremely important church leaders now.