“The Gospel of Luke,” more than any other, fits the category of ancient biography. Luke, as “narrator” of events, sees Jesus as the “Savior” of all people, always on the side of the needy and the deprived. Narrated in the NIV by British actor Richard E. Grant and in the KJV by Sir Derek Jacobi, this epic production — featuring specially constructed sets and the authentic countryside of Morocco — has been critically acclaimed by leading religious scholars as a unique and highly authentic telling of the Jesus story. “The Gospel of Luke” employs the same high production values and craft used previously in “The Gospel of John.”
In a time when biblical storytelling is translated into modern, more relatable contexts, it’s easy to forget the value of literal retellings, and how in awe we can be because of their grand and epic spectacle. “The Gospel of Luke,” in conjunction with Lionsgate’s “The Gospel of John,” sees this type of literal translation in filmmaking as a rebirth, a renaissance, if you will. As a glorious story in itself, and with a large scale to work with, the program is both refreshing and familiar.“The Gospel of Luke” is not an adaptation. It is read allowed to us like a traditional story, which makes it all the more stirring that it feels so unedited, so uninterrupted. The voices of Richard E. Grant and Sir Derek Jacobi bring clarity to the story of Jesus’ birth, baptism, miracles, death, and resurrection, being the main topics through the film. And thrillingly, each component comes thrillingly alive. The care and consideration put into the production value – set authentically in Morocco to resemble biblical living as closely as possible – furthers the astonishment. Nothing is overtly “Hollywood.” The sets are spare and earthy, the costumes detailed and, as far one can tell, are spot on. In total, the visual elements are complete and engaging. “The Gospel of Luke” contains some mature content, naturally, as violence certainly occurred during Jesus’ day. But through it all, the film is accessible to all viewers, and Dove is proud to award it the Seal of Approval for All Ages.