The Book of Esther is a movie based on the book of the Bible with a similar name. It stars Jen Lilley as Queen Esther. Esther is my favorite Bible character. A few years ago, I had the pleasure of writing (and acting) in a small play about the Bible story of Esther (a few months later I reprised my role in a short talent show skit). At the time, it was extremely important to me, and Esther is still special to me.
The plot of the movie follows the key elements of the Bible story fairly well. There are extra scenes added, (of course), but it is still pretty true to the beloved story of Esther. It is pretty clean; there is only one instance that would cause me to hesitate showing younger audiences (the second is an honorable mention but is probably subtle enough for the younger crowd):
1) A husband and wife have a scene that isn’t the most comfortable, but both are fully clothed and it’s just a giggle/sit on lap/show affection scene.
2) A man is choosing between two women, and it feels (to me) like it is alluded that he may be taking them to bed, one at a time. This is not the case. He is just watching the two of them talking through a secret window.
There is also a weird instance in the beginning when young Esther is seen. She very obviously has a wig on (it is not a very good wig), which takes away some of the quality of the film. There is also an animation part of the movie where it is showing a building.
Overall, this is a great movie. It has been awhile since I’ve watched it, but even though it seems somewhat low budget, it shows a love for God that is lacking in some films today.