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Review: Esther and the King (B-)

Esther and the King is based — as you might expect — on the Old Testament book of Esther. As part of the “Liken” series of short films, Esther and the King combines a scriptural story with songs and dancing, along with a shorter run-time (about an hour) that won’t stress short attention spans.

Esther and the King is not a top-tier LDS production but fulfills its modest aims at providing family-friendly Bible-based entertainment. Adults may feel the level of humor (and the lack of depth and subtlety in the narrative details) makes the film too juvenile in its attempt to appeal to younger kids. However, that is Esther and the King’s chosen tone and target audience and it sticks to them. From that context, the film is mostly successful.

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