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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that David and Goliath is a 2015 movie adaptation of the Old Testament story of a humble shepherd, with nothing but a slingshot and an unwavering faith in God, who defeats a vicious giant. Characters are killed in battle with wooden spikes to their chests. Characters are killed, threatened with death. The Philistines want to cut off the head of one of their enemies and stick it on the highest pole so their rivals will see it. Goliath is shown drinking blood from the head of a decapitated cow. This movie is horrible in every way; even the most devoted Christians will cringe at the shoddy production, horrible acting, and unintentionally hilarious dialogue.
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What's the story?
David is a young shepherd whose people are on the verge of being destroyed by the Philistines. Amongst the Philistines, there is Goliath, a brutal warrior of immense size and strength who unrelentingly shouts insults and blasphemies at the Israelites. The Philistines are merciless and seek to starve out the Israelite warriors until they surrender their land. Goliath wants to fight, but everyone is too scared to fight him, except for David, whose faith in God is unwavering; he believes this will lead him to victory against seemingly impossible odds. Finally, King Saul relents, and David, against the wishes of his brothers, the soldiers, and the princess whom he will marry should he defeat Goliath, fights Goliath.
Is it any good?
DAVID AND GOLIATH is flat-out horrible in every way. For instance: The Philistines wear guyliner, and look like they are going to a Marilyn Manson concert circa 1999. For their part, the soldiers fighting for the Israelites finish their sentences with "Just sayin'." The story that is so padded that David's brother is shown no less than five times in five different scenes imploring, begging, and beseeching David not to fight Goliath. The "army" is comprised of maybe twenty soldiers, on both sides. And that's just the beginning. If a university's film school was to offer a course on "How Not to Make a Movie 101," David and Goliath should be at the top of the "Required Viewing" list on the syllabus.
A tale as timeless as this should have been better served with much more than annoyingly subpar acting, hilariously-awful dialogue, shoddy production values, and thoroughly incompetent directing and editing. The end result is an insult to both faith-centered and secular audiences.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about poorly-made movies. What are some of the ways in which a movie can be "bad," in terms of directing, editing, acting, production, story, writing?
What would be some of the challenges in creating a movie adaptation of a classic Bible story that is familiar to both believers and nonbelievers in the Old Testament?
How does this movie compare with other movies based on stories from the Bible?
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