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Sunday, May 10, A.D. 2009
The Miracle Maker

Last week, Auster criticized forensics specialist Richard Neave for depicting a 35,000 year old European man with marked Negroid facial features, noting that Mr. Reave’s depiction has more to do with Leftist wishful thinking than with any evidence. Then, Auster attacked Neave for his imagined portrayal of Jesus, and he remarked that the claymation production in The Miracle Maker was far more convincing in its portrayal of first century Jews in the Holy Land.

I had never before heard of The Miracle Maker. So, I found it on Hulu and watched it. You may watch it, too. [The original Hulu movie was removed. Here it is on Gloria TV with Hungarian subtitles.]

It is a Welsh and Russian cooperative production, and it is not bad. Sadly, the Welsh won out in the film’s depiction of Mary Magdalene. The movie shows her as possessed, but then it also makes her the sinful woman in Simon the Pharisee’s house. Still, I noticed that the Russians depicted her in her iconic garment colors. I found the film’s treatment of the Theotokos a bit disappointing—more Welshiness there. Gibson’s Passion of the Christ does her more justice, but we should expect some Marian piety from a traditional Latin. Cleophas and his fellow traveler to Emmaus get more attention than usual. Indeed, the film makes the unnamed companion Jairus, whose daughter Christ raised from the dead. The girl provides the child’s perspective throughout the movie.

There is only so much that a children’s movie can do in ninety minutes, but I found it well done for a claymation film. There were moments of real artistry, such as the rending of the vail in the temple. I think that the tempter scenes with Satan are nicely executed and that the movie handles Judas Iscariot perfectly as the disappointed Jew with messianic hopes. Mary Magdalene’s possession and her grief at Christ’s crucifixion are moving, too. All in all, it is a fine depiction of the gospel narratives in the form of a children’s movie.

Posted by Joseph on Sunday, May 10, Anno Domini 2009
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