Paul, Apostle of Christ Movie Review

I’d heard very good things about this movie, so I was expecting it to be good. I was not disappointed. Paul: Apostle of Christ is a very good movie. It’s made by the creators of Risen (which is also a good movie; read my review of it here), and takes place during the last imprisonment of the Apostle Paul with some flashbacks of his earlier life. The movie depicts Luke coming to Rome to find Paul and write the book of Acts.
Here are some things I liked about it:

It's true to Scripture

​There are fictional elements added to the story, but the parts that are taken from the Bible line up with the Bible. Also, the characters, especially Paul, speak Scripture all through the movie and it seems very natural and not forced. It’s really great to see a movie with so much Scripture in it.

You see the early Christians stand strong in persecution

The year is A.D. 67, during the reign of the Emperor Nero, shortly after the great fire of Rome, when Christians were persecuted, I mean, really persecuted. Christians were used as human torches, torn apart by wild animals in the arena to the amusement of the crowds, flogged, imprisoned, and suffered many other cruelties. This movie shows some of that, so some parts of it are hard to watch. I thought they did a good job, though, of showing you enough so that you see what it was really like, but not showing too much. (It is rated PG-13, though. I suggest reading the Answers in Genesis and PluggedIn reviews for a fuller description of what all it shows before watching it.) Anyway, you’ll see the early Christians standing strong in persecution, knowing that Jesus had promised it would come and promised He would be with them through it. 

It's also a very well made movie

​To me, the costumes are a very important part of a historical movie. I understand that new Christian filmmakers often don’t have a lot of money for really good costumes, but when they do, I think that’s great. The costumes, also the acting, the setting, really everything was excellent in this movie. 

Final thoughts

   ​I’d give Paul: Apostle of Christ 5 out of 5 stars for a movie that’s excellent in every way.
   It wasn’t perfect, of course. I’ve yet to see a movie that is. For example, (spoiler alert) at one point, Aquila plans to leave Rome, while his wife Priscilla plans to stay. I had a hard time imagining the real Aquila and Priscilla agreeing to that. But in the end, Priscilla acknowledges that they are stronger together and they leave Rome together. 
   After watching the movie, I wanted the unshakable faith in Christ those early Christians had. It also made me want to go back and read the book of Acts and Paul's letters in the New Testament again. In closing, I highly recommend this movie.
What about you? Have you seen Paul: Apostle of Christ  yet? What did you think of it?
Well, always remember, “He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it,” (1 Th. 5:24).
All for Him,
Savannah Jane 
P. S. I originally published my review of this movie on my old blog, Written on Your Heart. This movie is so good, though, that I wanted to share my review of it here on my new blog, too! 


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