For the first time on Blu-ray comes the epic film One Night with the King.
I am a huge fan of movies. I honestly never heard of this movie until now. I imagine it must have been an incredible thing to see on the big screen.
I thought of the best way to describe the film, but after thinking about it and starting this review post over and over again, I think I’ll go with a ready-made synopsis. It’s not that I can’t do it myself, but there was so much going on that I think that I’ll make a 2,000 word post out of it.
With lush cinematography, a mesmerizing score, and an all-star cast that includes Peter O’Toole, Omar Sharif and John Rhys-Davies, One Night with the King is a sweeping epic about Hadassah, the young Jewish orphan who becomes the biblical Esther, Queen of Persia.
Born into poverty, Hadassah (Tiffany DuPont) grows up to become a beauty who catches the eye of the powerful King Xerxes – and ultimately becomes his bride. But despite her position, Hadassah’s life is in danger, as the state has decreed that all Jews will be put to death. Defying warnings to remain silent, however, Hadassah struggles to save her people, even as she attempts to hide her heritage, in this exciting and inspiring story about courage, faith and destiny.
In my review I went into great detail about how she was a slave girl, her friend Jesse and how they longed to leave for Jerusalem with one of the caravans from the village. I also wrote about how she was summoned to read for the king and a million other details. Essentially I describe the whole movie.
I have honestly never heard the story of Esther before. I don’t know why I never learned about her in church. Are YOU familiar with her story?
I love the cinematography of the film. It reminds me of Cleopatra (Elizabeth Taylor) in a way. Maybe not on such a grand scale, but big none the less. I felt transported into the far away land thousands of years ago. I think the term “visual storytelling” would apply well to this movie. The story of Esther is told in a way that includes beautiful costumes and amazing scenery.
One Night with the King stars John Rys-Davis and Omar Shariff. Esther/Hadassah is played by Tiffany DuPont, whom I have never heard of before. Peter O’Toole also makes a brief appearance in the film.
Even though this is primarily a biblical story, I think that anyone can enjoy the film regardless of your religious background. I think it could pass as a family movie too, although not for young children due to it’s PG-13 rating. It’s better suited for teenagers. I also think it might help if you knew the story of Esther to begin with. I think that would help you to follow along with the story a bit easier.
I hate to admit that I had to reviewed the movie several times. When I was watching it, if I focused my attention on something else, even briefly, I got lost and had no idea what was going on. A few times I had to rewind the movie to pick up where I left off. This is the type of film you can’t walk away from, even for a few minutes (to make a cup of tea for example) because it will totally throw you off track and you might have to rewind to catch up on what you missed out on.
I don’t know how accurate the film is as far as the biblical story of Esther goes, but I doubt the Bible mentions that Esther has a necklace with what seems to be mystical powers. There is one scene where Esther’s necklace reflects the light from a candle and the Star of David can be seen on the character of Haman. I take it that was a bit of creative liberty taken by the film makers. I understand their reason why but I think they could have stayed truer to the biblical version of the story.
The movie is rated PG-13 and runs for 123 minutes.
There is only one “bonus” feature and that is the film with commentary from producers Matthew Crouch and Richard Cook, as well as screenwriter Stephan Blinn. I’m not a fan of commentaries so I didn’t watch the film with this feature.
One Night With the King is now available on Blu-ray where ever films are sold.
*I received a free screener copy in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and were not influenced in any way.