Muhammad: The Messenger of God

2015 [PERSIAN]

Biography / Drama / History

IMDb Rating 7.6 10 10473

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Reviewed by filipemanuelneto 7 / 10

A quality film about Islam, made by Muslims.

I discovered this film shortly after seeing "The Messenger". Initially, I thought it would be a kind of Iranian remake of that film, already a few years old, but in fact it ends up working almost like a prequel, as the events of this film happen before those reported in the older film. There is no relationship between the two films, I am merely comparing them, and I believe it is a pertinent exercise: even without a direct relationship between them apart from the theme and some characters, I felt that the two films complement each other very well. In both, the figure of Muhammad is never shown.

Directed by Majid Majidi, this film tells us how Muhammad, the prophet of the Islamic faith, came into the world and how his birth and life path had been prophesied and were eagerly awaited. I think the script went a little overboard in reporting Muhammad's miracles. At one point, Majidi seems to be competing with western Christian films. Another problem with this film is it's potential anti-Semitism.

The cast is full of good actors, but none of them are known to me: as for almost everyone in the West, Arab or Persian actors are illustrious strangers to my eyes. I especially liked Mahdi Pakdel and Mina Sadati. They are very competent and she is a beautiful actress with a calm voice. Dariush Farhang appears little, but he does his job well and Mohsen Tanabandeh was a competent villain, within the cliché role he had to play.

Technically, the film was better than I expected: cinematography is excellent, with exquisite film work, excellent visual effects, CGI and great colors. It is noted that an effort was made to make the film a work capable of meeting the European and American films. The result is a film capable of being an authentic ambassador for Iranian and Persian cinema. The sets and costumes are historically credible and seem authentic, and the scenes in the desert, with the sands, the sun, the precipices and the harsh and inclement nature, make the film look even more beautiful and more eloquent. All of this is complemented by a vast set of extras, dressed in rigor, and even animals. The effort to faithfully recreate the era in all its details was really taken seriously. The sound effects are very good and the music plays its role satisfactorily. A quality Muslim film, and one that does not lag behind the best productions in the West.

Reviewed by Red-125 7 / 10

A must-see feast of beautiful colors and tunes.

Muhammad: The Messenger of God (2015) is an Iranian film written and directed by Majid Majidi. Cinematography was by Vittorio Storaro. Dryden Theatre of Rochester's George Eastman Museum has been honoring Vittorio Storaro, and that's how we were able to to see this movie. (The DVD was Storaro's own personal copy.)

Another reviewer has called this film, "A must-see feast of beautiful colors and tunes." That is absolutely correct. The screen is filled with color and action. The music is beautiful. The acting is outstanding. (We are never shown Muhammad's face, out of respect for Islamic tradition.) We see elephants, camels, horses, and sheep. Director Majidi gives us (literally) a cast of thousands. The desert scenery is spectacular.

Everything works, except that the actual facts about Muhammad's childhood are scarce. Director Majidi concentrates on miracles that Muhammad performs as a child. I've read a fair amount about Islam, and I've never seen any emphasis placed on Muhammad having supernatural powers when he was young. Muhammad was an orphan, and his life was challenging. Some of what was shown is probably historically correct, but I think most of it arose in the mind of writer Majidi.

One major problem for me is that the film is virulently anti-Semitic. As I understand it, Jews weren't involved in Muhammad's life. He accepted the God of Abraham, and he is considered by Muslims to be that God's true and last prophet. However, any violence he encountered was from opposing tribes, not from Jews. Maybe director Majidi is anti-Semitic. My guess is that this was the price he had to pay for the freedom to make this film in Iran.

The movie is three hours long. The good news is that it was never boring. The bad news is that it may have only a tangential bearing on the life of the Prophet Muhammad.

Reviewed by MR_Heraclius 10 / 10


Beautiful movie. A story of love and pain,of hope and fear,of life and death and of family,it's values and traditions. The creator of this universe protected the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) from the early childhood. In this movie young Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is shown minus his face,that point could create some controversy.So be aware of this fact before watching the movie. I do cry at few occasions and smile when the small kid was named as "Muhammad"(PBUH).

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