The Book of Esther
Good battles evil in this timeless story of Biblical heroism. The righteous Jew Mordecai and the despicable Haman square off for control of the young Persian King Xerxes. But Haman’s plans include something horrible for Mordecai and his people. It is up to Mordecai’s niece Esther to win the affection of the King, unmask Haman’s treachery and save the Jewish people. Based upon the Book of Esther, this delightful retelling emphasizes the values of courage, faith and obedience.
This is a wonderful telling of the story of Queen Esther, the woman who saved the Jewish race. This movie chronicles how she saved the Jews from the plot of the advisor to the King of Persia, the evil Haman (Thaao Penghlis). The King, Xerxes (played by Joel Smallbone), vanquishes Queen Vashti because of her disobedience. A contest is arranged for the king to pick his next queen. Under the tutelage of Mordecai (Robert Miano), a Jew, Esther (Jen Lilley), is chosen for her beauty and kindness. Haman plots to be rid of the Jews and Esther can only save her people by going, unbidden, before the king. Will he be moved by her request or angry at her for coming to him without being summoned?
This remarkable movie is well worth viewing and would make an excellent tool for Christian Education. It states in the beginning that a few events have been altered for dramatic purposes but it stays close the scriptural story. It features themes of loyalty, love and sacrifice. We are very pleased to award five Doves, our best rating, to this nicely directed and produced film.