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HANDEL'S MESSIAH - THE MOVIE is a visual extravaganza that fantasises the old-fashioned telling of the Jesus story used in Handel's Messiah as a concert-goer's daydream music-drama while listing to the iconic work.
Transported out of the concert hall, the prophesying of The Messiah's coming is sung in spectacular natural settings and the arrival of the baby Jesus, his adult ministry and his condemnation and death are delivered with a strong modern rural flavour.
The events leading to the universally known Hallelujah Chorus take the fantasy to a new plane, as angels guard the soul of Jesus at the spectacular gate of Heaven ahead of his resurrection.
The fantasy returns for a moment to the "real" world as a funeral and burial remind us of the promise of Christianity, then that promise is fulfilled in a blaze of glory and light.
As the performance winds up the fantasy collapses and we are back in the concert hall, seeing all the fantasy performers were just the concert's musicians.
Then at the penultimate chords a dazzling twist affirms it was not a fantasy at all. Amen!