A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Faith-based adaptation of Old Testament story preaches the challenges and importance of unwavering faith in the midst of seemingly impossible challenges.
Positive Role Models
David's faith in God is unwavering, and he refuses to compromise his faith in himself and his God even as those around him beg him repeatedly not to fight Goliath.
Violence & Scariness
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.
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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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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.
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