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David and Goliath

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Horrible, poorly-executed adaptation of Bible story.

Movie PG 2015 92 minutes
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age 11+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 9+

Mostly Biblically accurate, but so poorly done.

It is one of those movies that you know won't hurt your kids mentally, but is so poorly made that you cringe when it is playing. Goliath surely knows more than three sentences. None of the soldiers look like they would make it one minute in any battle. The costumes look like they came from Walmart and somebody's attic. Basically, everyone was yelling at David trying to convince him not to fight a fat couch potato with a fake voice and limited vocabulary. The Philistines are absolutely laughable. The whole thing is laughable. The flabbiest armies in the history of mankind.
age 12+

Gruesome but realistic

The movie was gruesome with low quality, but for the most part followed the Bible. (The biblical Philistines were not nice people and were very gruesome. ) The movie did have David quote several Psalms and show that God can do the impossible through faith.

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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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