|Rating: Not Rated|
Starring: Sherry Morris, Carman, and Eleese Lester
Studio: Pure Flix
Released: December 15, 2009
(Most of you reading this probably already know the answer, because you've read the Biblical account.)
Review: I found this DVD at my local LifeWay Christian Store on sale for five bucks, and bought it along with some other items so I could use my "$5 off a purchase of $20 or more" coupon. Now, I wish I had bought something else and just borrowed The Book of Ruth from the library. The film has its good moments; the death scenes at the beginning are appropriately heart-wrenching, and the oft-quoted line mentioned above is tearfully delivered, which is really how it should be. However, the starkness of the film (why the lack of background music in many of the scenes?)and an overall lackluster feel, along with tiny, lagging SDHs (if you have hearing problems, either turn the volume way up or have an ASL interpreter ready!) and poor production values (one sunset looks like a gradient created in AppleWorks!) ruined this for me. If you're a church librarian, you might want to watch this to decide whether or not to add it to your church's library, but everyone else other than Ruth fanatics should probably skip this one. If you're looking for a good Biblically-themed drama, check out Apostle Peter and the Last Supper, the three-hour telefilm In the Beginning, or any of the Visual Bible flicks, especially The Gospel of John. Ruth's story is such a good one, but, unfortunately, this one doesn't do it justice.