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At the Movies: “Samson”


Samson. The Original Superhero.

General plot: A man is given superhuman strength by God so the man can save his Danite people; based on the Book of Judges (13-16).

My Opinion: It was a good presentation, if you can get beyond the film’s depiction of Samson as Mattell’s superhero character, He-Man. I say this because, when Samson asks God for strength to slay his enemies, his intonation and body language is very reminiscent of He-Man screaming, “By the power of Grayskull . . .”. I could not think otherwise each time I saw Sampson on the silver screen scream his plea and his hands and body shaking mightily.

The Players:
Taylor James was an OK Samson.
Jackson Rathbone was a good, evil Prince Rallah. (NOTE: Rathbone is a distant relation of the actor Basil Rathbone.)
Billy Zane was a cartoon, laugh-out-loud King Balek.
Lindsay Wagner was Samson’s mom, and not the Bionic Woman.

Conclusion: When my beau and I returned home to our cottage, we dug out the 1949 version of “Samson and Delilah” with Victor Mature, Hedy Lamarr, George Sanders, Angela Lansbury, et al. We compared the two movies. I liked the 1949 version much better because it is lush, its characters have depth, and Mature’s Samson comes across more reverent and masculine.

So, the 2018 version is OK, and I like the 1949 version much better.

By the way, there were only 5 people in the theater at the showing we were at.  Interesting.

That’s pretty much how I saw the plot of the latest Biblical-themed movie at the show on its opening day this past Friday. This is my serious review of “Samson,” not a satirical panning as I did with my review of “Winchester.

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Author: Susan Marie Molloy

Hi, and welcome to my blog. I am a published writer, poet, photographer, freelance editor, artist, and career analyst. Growing up in a bilingual family helped me foster my love of languages. I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science, a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, and Master of Arts in History. My short stories, poetry, and photographs have been published in the Emerald Coast Review (18th and 19th editions), newspapers, and in many other publications. I enjoy Pre-Code films, photography, music, travelling, history, reading, and living each day to the fullest in The Oasis. My publications include Engaged (an anthology of my poems), The Crowd of Turin, God of the Sea: A Short Book of Poetry by the Seashore, Grapes Suzette and Other Poetic Epicurean Delights, Gallery Night, Indigo Fantasy, The Green Gloves, Puppy Love, Supreme Theater, and others. I am currently working on an anthology of my short stories, including a roman à clef tale, and am in collaboration with another artist in writing a novel. My books are available through Amazon. Check them out. Buy them. Read them. Send me your thoughts. I look forward to hearing from you.

2 thoughts on “At the Movies: “Samson”

  1. Hedy Lamarr made a much tastier Delilah as well…………

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