"Faith, Loyalty and Redemption"
What You Need To Know:
The budget and the quality of THE BOOK OF RUTH is more like a church drama than a Hollywood movie. It tells a strong story of redemption, however. As a conversation starter to talk about the Bible, this is an enjoyable DVD. Its message is far more uplifting than much of what Hollywood spends many millions making.
(BBB, CCC, A) Clear Biblical, Christian worldview; no foul language; no violence; no sex scenes; no nudity; drinking of wine; no smoking or drugs; and, nothing else objectionable
THE BOOK OF RUTH: JOURNEY OF FAITH is the classic Bible story of faith, loyalty, and redemption brought directly to DVD. While not a Hollywood budget production, the story of trusting God even through grief and disaster is far better than much of what Hollywood spends many millions making.
The heart of the story is that in a time of famine. Elimelech moves from Israel to Moab with his wife Naomi and his two sons. The sons marry women from Moab. Elimelech and both sons die, leaving Naomi and the son’s wives, Ruth and Orpa, as three widows.
When Naomi learns that the famine in Israel has ended she returns. Ruth shows tremendous loyalty by going with her, knowing that the chance she could remarry would be almost nil. Her motivation is to care for Naomi.
Ruth goes to the fields of a relative, Boaz, to glean what is left when his harvesters have finished. She finds favor with Boaz. He becomes her kinsman redeemer and marries her. Ruth becomes the mother of Obed, King David’s grandfather.
While the movie tells this wonderful story, it does so more like a church drama than a Hollywood movie. The sets, costumes, makeup, and acting are not up to the standards of THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST. Poor, hungry Israeli women look too much as if they just stepped out of the beauty parlor, and the costumes look like they are made with modern fabrics using sewing machines. Some of the acting is what you’d expect on stage at your local church.
That said, a lot of people enjoy presentations put on at their local church. The lesson the movie teaches is a good one. As a conversation starter to talk about the Bible, this is an enjoyable DVD.