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‘The Chosen’ captures students’ interest

“The Chosen,” the first-ever multi-season show about Jesus and his disciples, is the highest crowd-funded project of all-time. It is rated 100% on Rotten Tomatoes and 9.8/10 on IMDB. It was slowly released around Easter 2019 and fully released on the free, “The Chosen” app in March 2020. Both critics and audiences are impressed by the quality of this innovative show.

“The Chosen,” directed by Dallas Jenkins, son of the author of the famous “Left Behind” series, is a dramatized television show about the ministry of Jesus through the eyes of his disciples and the chosen people who followed him. This show uses creative license to portray actual biblical stories. The actors, scripts, scenery and authentic clothing show how the disciples and people around Jesus lived their everyday life.

“I think it was done really well, especially considering it’s crowd-funded, and they didn’t have a big company making it,” said freshman Kyle Yuzzi. “The sets are all really good, and it looks really realistic.”

An aspect of the show that is rarely used in biblical dramas is the accurate accents and nationalities to help the audience connect with the characters. “I really love the show mainly because of all of the new perspectives that I see when watching it,” said freshman Colin Harrison. “Seeing how human everybody is is really cool because I think most of the time we all think of them as legends and not as regular human beings.”

The show goes into detail about Simon Peter and Andrew’s relationship as brothers and their difficulties with fishing, taxes and the Roman oppression. It also focuses on Mary Magdalene and her life before Jesus, which was dominated by demons and emptiness. Nicodemus is given a great spotlight as he struggles with his desire to know Jesus and follow the laws of a Pharisee. Matthew is also shown as a character that has Asperger's, a condition on the autism spectrum, who is estranged from his family and looked down upon as a Jewish tax collector.

“They showed the personalities of the people in good and bad situations and how they sinned,” said freshman Kaitlyn Beck. “I like the character of Nicodemus. He asks the most basic questions. For all unbelievers who don’t know who God is, Nicodemus is a great example.”

“The Chosen” director and writers aspire to maintain the show’s biblical accuracy while still making it enjoyable. Jenkins consulted with Catholic Father David Guffey, Messianic Jewish Rabbi Jason Sobel and Evangelical Professor Dr. Doug Huffman to help him achieve this goal of accuracy.

“I think it is good how they added things just to make it more entertaining for the viewer while still keeping in the biblical stuff to keep it informative,” said Yuzzi.

“The Chosen” is a powerful show that has captured audiences and left them wanting more. Fans have already raised $8,200,219 for season two, which is set to release on their app around Easter 2021. Viewers can’t wait to witness more of the lives of the characters they have come to know and love.

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