Wednesday, July 24, 2013

One Night with the King

Ordinary is Extraordinary
By: Daniela Delvescovo

Movie Review of
One Night with the King
Director: Michael O. Sajbel
Cast: Tiffany Dupont, Luke Goss, John Noble, Omar Sharif, Peter O'Toole

"David’s victory came not because he fought well...
but because he believed well."

The movie One Night with the King is definitely worth watching. It tells the Old Testament story of Esther. The film is very well done and plays out her story in an engaging way and (aside from a few dramatizations) stays true to the Bible.

It’s rated PG, but I believe that content-wise it is appropriate for all ages. I think it’s more of a film for adults and teens because it can be a bit hard to follow at the beginning, and they talk in a very sophisticated manner. It is very inspiring, though. I felt compelled to look up the real story of Esther after watching this movie!

The actress who portrays Esther does so very well, and the set and costumes are all beautiful. I would recommend One Night with the King to anyone who would be interested in the Jewish roots of Christianity or the Old Testament in general.

The film begins by providing some background information about the biblical tale via a narrator, then it transitions into introducing the characters of a young Jewish girl named Hadassah (played by Tiffany Dupont) and her uncle (played by John Rhys-Davies). They live in the Persian Empire.

The current king (played by Luke Goss) has murdered his wife for disobeying him and has sent for beautiful virgins in the land so that he can choose a new queen. Hadassah is one of the girls chosen, but she changes her name to Esther so they will not persecute her for her Jewish heritage.

The king chooses Esther for his new bride, and she becomes queen. There is just one problem: One of the king's men has put a plot into motion to have all the Jews in the land killed. Now Esther must gather the courage to save her people and go to the king without being invited, which is punishable by death.

I really did enjoy this movie, and it gave me motivation to explore more of the Old Testament, which I, like many other Christians, am not as familiar with the New Testament. I loved the message: ordinary can be extraordinary.

The story of Esther provides an example of how powerful ordinary people like you and me can be. Esther had no divine visions. No miracles occurred in her story. She followed God though prayer and instinct. This and her courage freed her people.

It is an example to all of us that even though we might not physically see God, he is always with us. He performs little miracles in our lives every day. Esther is very easy to identify with because of how normal she is. She was just a young Jewish woman deeply involved in her faith.

"Pray as if everything depended on God.
Work as if everything depended on you."
~ St. Augustine

Esther used her faith as a driving force to accomplish great things, and we can all do the same!

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Questions for youth groups, families, and other small group discussions (please feel free to post comments below):
  1. How does the story of Esther different from other stories in the bible?
  2. Why is it important for us to be familiar with our Jewish roots?
  3. How familiar are you with the Old Testament?

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