After the surprisingly well-made Genesis, I eagerly looked forward to the subsequent parts of this long Bible Collection series.
The next one — Abraham — is the best of the three I’m taking a look at now, and this is mostly due to the good performances, casting and narrative structure of everything. The editing and music is well done also, and helps show the emotion behind the characters’ actions. Abraham is also the most-touching of the three films, and comes the closest to giving a glimpse into actual life/struggles these people faced.
The second film, Jacob, suffers from less-than-ideal casting, questionable editing and some odd acting throughout. The well-known actors seem out of place, and the things they do seem…presented very oddly (like Jacob immediately kissing Rachel upon meeting her and his other proclaiming-of-faith moments that seem more forced enthusiasm/poor acting by the actor than anything else). It’s not a bad film, but clearly a weak entry.
Thankfully, the third film in this set of reviews ends on a high-note, with the story of Joseph and his brothers being done surprisingly well, just like Abraham and Genesis before it. The actors are well cast and seem genuine, and seem to put the source material ahead of their acting desires. In fact, Ben Kingsley does a wonderful job as Potiphar, without overshadowing the equally well-spoken actor playing Joseph or the message the movie is trying to present. Some sets felt a bit small and the segments about Joseph interpreting Pharaoh’s dreams (and then being put in charge) had some pacing issues…but overall the film works (and was actually touching).