This two-part film from The Bible Collection focuses on King David and his life from a youth to middle-age, just after his second son is murdered.
I think the movie does a pretty good job overall detailing the major points of David’s life, and the first part — which primarily focuses on Jonathan Pryce’s excellent King Saul — is by far the most interesting to watch.
David is a hard person to connect to once he becomes king and the film does a decent job of portraying his behavior. Even though David is chosen by God from a very early age to be the means of His work, David makes a rather huge mistake out of the blue (when he becomes king, and I’m guessing lets his guard down) that colors the rest of his life. The story of David is ultimately about being favored by God, turning away and then asking for forgiveness — and the movie deals with that subject in a convincing, authentic-feeling and engaging way.
Some of the actor choices aren’t great (however the great actor Leonard Nimoy knocks it out of the park) but adult David’s actor does a very good job of making the film believable and genuine feeling throughout. Also, the battles seem rather small in scope (like the battle with Goliath) but these made-for-television films get the point across, even on a television-sized budget.
I think the two-part film is worth watching, and does a good job of highlighting Saul’s issues, David’s rise and fall and rise again, David’s children rebelling … and gets the overall message of God’s love and forgiveness across.