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Esther (1999 TV Movie) Review

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The biggest thing to keep in mind when watching Esther is that it is what it is. And what it is is a 90s TV movie. The budget is disappointing, but for the most part, they do well with what they have.

The acting is… well, it’s something. Louise Lombard and F. Murray Abraham outshine everyone else by far, avoiding over-acting and consistently staying in the realm of believability. Everyone else has at least one moment of yelling and over-inflection (and in the case of Thomas Kretschmann, a good half a dozen such moments). Being as I’ve seen some of the actors in other things that haven’t involved over-acting, I’m inclined to believe it was more of a directorial decision than individual acting ones.

As I said in my extended review, there are some serious issues with regards to race in this movie. I feel like they should have either used all POC actors, or had a mix of POC and white actors in speaking roles. (For those who haven’t read my extended review, there are only two significant characters who are POC, one of which is a servant.) And they certainly, if casting a white woman as Esther, needed to have more than one white woman in the harem, to avoid the implication that her skin color had something to do with being found the most beautiful.

Considering it’s a Bible movie, I did find it enjoyable, although other former Christians or anti-Christians may have a hard time watching (as I did, the first time) even if they’re a fan of one (or more) cast member.

And because Esther and Ahasuerus are adorable, have a small picspam.