Revival: Review

Revival: A modern day retelling of Christ’s revival

Revival: A modern day retelling of Christ’s revival

A predominantly black cast with a musical offers a fresh take on the temptations on triumphs of Jesus. A constant beat and thump of live music keeps the story moving between more serious scenes, punctuated by musical numbers and dance scenes. We’re not in Nazareth anymore. 

There is a fun mix of stage and screen, with the story often going in between film scenes, being shot on stage and meta scenes within the dressing room. Clearly much thought has been put in to the story, and using such an old traditional story as a blank canvas for experimentation is always a treat. 

There is a definite cringe involved with the singing. The original compositions are good, however the lack of production value mixed with the saccharine sincerity makes me think this would be better in a live setting rather than a movie. The theatrics are impressive, however and you can tell everyone is having fun.

Overall, this movie dives deep into Jesus’ final days on this Earth, with the whole production coming together under this united goal. At times the sincerity and drama is a little too much – but it is in Jesus’s name, after all. Merry Christmas everyone

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Lauren Turner is an Australian media specialist and keen cinephile. She loves Robert Eggers and can be found at her local offbeat cinema in Melbourne.


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