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David and Goliath

MPAA Rating: PG for some violent content.
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Primary Audience:
Family Teens Adults
Genre:
Christian Adventure Bible Drama
Length:
1 hr. 42 min.
Year of Release:
2015
USA Release:
April 3, 2015 (select)
DVD: October 20, 2015
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courage and faith

FEAR, Anxiety and Worry—What does the Bible say? Answer

about David

about King Saul

about Philistines

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about Goliath

giants in the Bible

armor

war in the Bible

trust in God

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David and Goliath coloring page

CHANGE THE WORLD—A single man or woman can help change the world. Read about some who did with faith and God’s help…
Jesus Christ, Noah, Abraham, Joseph, Moses, and David

Featuring: Miles Sloman … David
Jerry Sokolosky … Goliath
Makenna Guyler … Michal
Paul Hughes … King Saul
Joseph Emms … Eliab
Richard Summers-Calvert … Abinadab
Jared Morgan … Jaggar
Tom Bonington … Nasib
Adam Wittek … Swordsmith
Jujo Ballo … Bulgo
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Director: Timothy A. Chey—“Suing the Devil” (2011), “The Genius Club” (2006)
Producer: Fallen State Films

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“Against all odds, one man will rise”

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Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “David and Goliath looks at one of the most powerful and beloved Bible stories of all time. The film focuses on the early life of David who fought against the Philistine giant, Goliath, against all odds.

The fierce warrior Goliath is sent to track down a foretold king of the Israelites. A young shepherd David is thrust into an epic chase and adventure fighting for his own life, the lives of his loved ones and eventually the lives of his people. The story climaxes in a battle of literal Biblical proportions between the young man and the giant sent to destroy him.

Shot in North Africa and in studios in London. The tallest man in Canada (7’8”) plays Goliath.”

See our other articles on this film:
“David and Goliath” Opens in Theaters
“David and Goliath” Drama Premier
(on our Christian Film News site)

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Positive
Positive—I had to catch this film due to the fact that it wasn’t tainted by Hollywood (i.e., “Exodus” and “Noah”). Where do I start? If you are looking for something big budget, then look elsewhere. There is some bad acting and one scene where a crying man totally over-acts. The lead actor playing David does a really good job. He is the only person in the whole film who glorifies God from beginning to the end. His faith in God never wavers once, even when his peers, King Saul, and his own brother looked down on him. As you can tell, they thought he was crazy when he challenged Goliath.

The whole premise about the film is having faith in God even when things look hopeless. The person who plays King Saul, David’s Brother, and the Philistine villain portrays their roles fairly well. The actor who plays Goliath is decent, but is very monotone as he spouts the same phrases over and over.

What’s fairly interesting is that the director throws in some humor in some scenes, as well. And it works! I watched this with a friend, and he found it a little disappointing, because it is never shown that God talks to him, because God does in the Bible. I understand that and anyone else that does feel that way. I personally felt it was tough since God is so unique that we wouldn’t get it right if we tried to re-enact those scenes.

But all this movie reminds us of is faith in God, and the movie does that right.

Another negative aspect is that I heard they spent $50 million on this film. If that is true, then I don’t see it because the editing wasn’t the greatest nor was the special effects.

So, overall, “David and Goliath” is not an epic blockbuster, but it does a good job in portraying David’s devotion and faith to God. People are going to say this is the best Christian film they’ve seen the whole year, because they are comparing it to “Noah” and “Exodus,” which isn’t much of an comparison, although “David and Goliath” is miles more faithful then the Hollywood two.

But if you are going to get technical, then I say read the Bible on “David and Goliath” for the full real story. You get to even read what God says to David. …you get to even read what happens to David and how he becomes King as it was prophesied.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 3
—Terry, age 33 (USA)
Positive—Everyone in my group came out of the theater bouncing with joy… In my opinion, it’s one of the best Bible films ever made… It’s a just plain great film, with a little bit of something for everyone, including a rich historical plot, vibrant characters, great setting, and plenty of fabulously choreographed battle scenes. The film is also topical for today’s society, for example: “Why is terrorism so popular in the Middle East today?”

People get really, and I mean really, offended by talks of God. And this movie has plenty of this… maybe they were not forewarned and went in thinking it was “Noah.”

I. This film requires no introduction You know the story of David and Goliath, I’m sure.

II. The film is impeccably told. The star of the film is the clever eye of God, not the clockmaker or judge of the west but the chess player of the mirage. Its face is clearest in my mind when the Goliath holds the soldier captured for torture and smiles. Its hand in the creaking of the Philistine’s tent—who would ever imagine the wind acting? (Kurosawa’s “Ran” at the beginning is the only other example I know.) I have a few films I admire for various, mostly intellectual, qualities. But in the direct matter of visual storytelling, this one tops my list.

III. Dispelling the naysayers—Yes, Goliath actor is the film’s weakest link—that’s true—Yes, God is the center of the film (much heard bout this one)—so what?—Yes, the film is a discourse from the actual Bible—so what? You want God to be a child like in “Exodus”?—Yes, Scripture is repeated many times—so what again? It’s a movie based on the Bible?—Yes it has Caucasians in the roles—guess what? I’ll take them over poor actors. The director is Asian by the way (I think).

Conclusion: This is not a historically accurate film, so don’t watch this for history class, but if it’s a good Bible movie you want, you should try this one out. I give it 8 stars (9 if they hadn’t spent a quarter of the film on desert vistas).
My Ratings: Moral rating: Excellent! / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Erin Markoff, age 45 (USA)
Positive—I enjoyed this film a lot—inspiring maybe not totally for the acting abilities but this didn’t bother me, and not as bad as some people say it was. The story and overall quality of the film was good enough to not be bothered by perhaps not Oscar winning performances however the main characters still did a pretty good job, in my opinion. I liked the simplicity of this film and much better than any recent Hollywood attempts at portraying Biblical accounts. This was more on a par with the 1956 “Ten Commandments” epic. Some of the comments I have read about this film where one person was worried about the actors being Caucasian or something. Get over yourself please and stop being so ridiculous.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Excellent! / Moviemaking quality: 5
—David, age 40 (United Kingdom)
Negative
Negative—We felt deceived by prior reviews. So, let’s just be honest. Visually stimulating? No. Where $50 million was spent baffles me. It was not a compelling movie to spend $20.80 for two people. I felt David was the only professional actor. Sadly, most of the viewers in the theater with us left. We watched it in its entirety.

Yes, all viewers laughed at the acting. The dialog between actors was too comical. The added horse neighing sound over and over was annoying. Constant storm brewing seemed excessive and not realistic. Yelling at Goliath from the mountain “will you shut up” did not sound like biblical times.

Goliath saying “he better not waste my time” did not seem like speech from biblical times either. Had someone told us this was by the Monty Python movie creators, we like would have believed them.

I would not take a non-believer to see this film in hopes to share the word of God. In today’s times, it’s a miss. …
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: ½
—Angela C, age 48 (USA)
Negative—I hate to say this about a “bible movie” especially when a biblical movie is so desperately in today’s society, but this movie is an embarrassment to watch! The actors are AWFUL! I cannot believe that this made it off the cutting room floor! The lack of authentic race casting and quality acting made it painful to watch! It needs to be pulled from all theaters immediately! The poor quality takes away from the biblical story.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: none
—Rachael, age 44 (USA)
Negative—I went to support Christian filmmakers, actors, the spreading of God’s Word. Not minutes into the film, I fought the urge to walk out. The acting was very poor, the characters portrayed in such an inefficient manner. To represent God’s story without excellence is an insult to what He requires of us. How are Christian films to be taken seriously, by believers and non-believers alike if efforts are not without blemish; especially us, we must far exceed expectations. How is Christian film to garner the backing required if the story is not portrayed in the best manner, if the makers are not concerned about not releasing, if the end result is lacking in any manner.

I was embarrassed that the selection of actors went against portraying the culture of the day. As a Caucasian, I felt the insult for others. How can one expect to reach the masses if you exclude them from the story, the story they were a part of; this is one example of the division that takes place even among Christians. We are one world, let’s always live it. I, too, wondered where all that money was spent.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 1
—Wendy Bauer, age 61 (USA)
Negative—This movie is a disservice to the story it attempts to depict. The very poor acting, incredibly bad directing and simplistic, repetitive dialogue put a very poor face on an important Biblical story. To say that this movie cost $50 million has to be a misrepresentation. I, along with others in the theatre, laughed at the dialogue, the constant milling around of extras in the scenes walking hither and yon through the scenes, horses walking in front of the character scenes as they were talking, over and over and over and over further brought this movie to its knees. This movie could have been filmed in a week and perhaps was.

I cannot think of a “Christian” biblical movie worse than this one. The only salvageable thread was the constant adherence by David regarding God’s power and sovereignty. Spending anything beyond rental, once it comes out, is a waste of hard earned money.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: ½
—Ken, age 66 (USA)
Negative—This was so bad and the acting so poor, I thought it must have been a spoof, and not a funny one at that. The characters lacked any depth at all and were totally unbelievable. I couldn't watch more than ten minutes before skipping further in, but it didn’t get any better. The script was terrible; I mean really embarrassingly terrible, as was the music. What a waste of money.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: none
—Andy, age 61 (United Kingdom)

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