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By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Ambitious biblical musical transfers from stage to screen.

Movie NR 2018 130 minutes
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It took an enormous investment of time, inspiration, and money to mount this heartfelt stage production, which should find audiences for whom spectacle and religion go hand in hand. As an example of its no-expense-spared nature, it's estimated that it cost at least $1,000,000 and required 50-60 loaded semi-trucks simply to move the original company from its home stage in Pennsylvania to its second location in Branson, MO. Filming a production like this one comes with a unique set of challenges. Nuance can be sacrificed for grandeur; performances that are meant to reach audiences in the back row of a theater can seem melodramatic when see through the eye of a camera close-up. It's interesting to note that there are no cast and crew listings in any advertising, online material, or on the film itself. That's a purposeful omission as Sight & Sound Theatres, the company who created Moses and other staged biblical plays, prefers to acknowledge the work as a team effort. Kudos to the organization that makes such theatrical experiences available to a dedicated fan base.

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