The Young Messiah
The Young Messiah offers an imaginative vision of the most iconic and celebrated family in human history that is both surprising and familiar, warmly human and credible yet also different. Young Adam Greaves-Neal (an English Catholic who is reportedly part Jewish on his mother’s side) plays the boy Jesus, here depicted as a sensitive, thoughtful lad who due to the flight into Egypt has known no home but Alexandria in Egypt.
Now years past the anxiety around Mary’s surprise pregnancy and the possible breaking of the betrothal, Mary and Joseph (Italian Sara Lazzaro and Irish Vincent Walsh) are on the same page as they deal with the immense responsibility God has entrusted them. This is by far my favorite depiction of Joseph and Mary as a couple; highlights include a lovely exchange in a stressful moment as Mary worries about Jesus’ enemies. (“They should fearyou,” Joseph reassures her.)