Movie Review: The Young Messiah (NO SPOILERS!) and Includes Trailer

The Young Messiah

Director: Cyrus Nowrasteh

Focus Features



Movie Synopsis: The Young Messiah (taken from

Inspired by Scripture and rooted in history, this story imagines a year in the boyhood of Jesus.

Remaining true to the character of Jesus revealed in the Bible, The Young Messiah is an inspirational story about the childhood of the Savior for the whole family.

When the mystery of Jesus’ divinity begins to unfold in His early years, He turns to His parents for answers. But Mary and Joseph, in an effort to protect their child, are afraid to reveal all they know. How do you explain the ways of the world to its Creator? How do you teach the Teacher? How do you help the Savior who came to save you?

Follow The Young Messiah as He and His family take the extraordinary journey from Egypt to Nazareth and on to Jerusalem — where His true identity and profound destiny are revealed.


Movie Review: The Young Messiah

Wow! We went to watch The Young Messiah and honestly, we were not sure what to expect. Would they stay true to Scripture, though the years they covered are absent for the most part from Scripture, but would they stay true to His character and traits? How would they interpret His life?

Well, these were some of the questions we had going into the movie, but we are adventurous and had to see their take on His childhood. The cast of characters were wonderful and Adam Greaves-Neal (playing the role of Jesus) did a great job, as did Sara Lazzaro (Mary), Vincent Walsh (Joseph), Sean Bean (Severus) and Christian McKay (Cleopas). To learn more about the cast members please visit

In the movie, there was a little dark overtone in some places. While I see that there was a place for some of it, it was a bit darker in places than I was expecting. It was a little distracting. I just felt it might have been even better without the extra darkness in some spots. There was also some interesting camera work during some action scenes, but they were very brief and just a little distracting. The distractions were enough to pull me out of the story and made me aware of the movie, if that makes sense. With that being said, they were few and brief and I would definitely watch this movie several more times.

Overall, we felt the movie was really well done. We both felt that they did a fantastic job staying true to His character, though some spots did make you wonder, but without any clear history from the Scripture, we will only know on the other side of heaven’s door how He really reacted to the various challenges of life. I thought this perspective gave us a real good idea of what He might have experienced when He put on humanity for our sake. I enjoyed seeing His reactions to life, people and difficulties. I noticed that I leaned in a bit when He began to pray and when He would do something that, I believe, would have been so characteristic of who He was and is. I listened carefully as He spoke, whether asking questions or speaking from His heart. I found that I longed to be walking with Him and at the end of the movie, I didn’t want it to end. We both found that we wanted to see more, learn more, get more glimpses into what His life might have been like prior to the time the Bible picks up with His public ministry.

I promised no spoilers, so I will end by saying The Young Messiah is a must see movie for 2016 with your family. We don’t believe you will leave disappointed. We left with questions, like asking Jesus, “What was it really like for You to walk among us and wear humanity for the years that You did? What did You see, how did it all impact You and how can we ever thank You enough for taking on humanity, coming, suffering and dying that we may be forgiven and have eternal life.”

Finally, this movie is based on the book Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt and a new edition has recently released titled The Young Messiah (Movie tie-in) (affiliate links used to support this website).

We really enjoyed The Young Messiah movie and believe you and your family will too!

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God bless,



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