Bible movies. A complicated genre. It seems like for every halfway decent adaptation of a biblical narrative, there are at least five that miss the mark entirely. Sure, we all love Prince of Egypt, but what about Gods and Kings, The Greatest Story Ever Told, Samson, The Young Messiah and …uh, Evan Almighty?
But it’s not impossible to make a good Bible movie, clearly. Because TikTok user Julie Mango has been hard at work creating her zero-budget, one-woman recreations of scenes from the Gospel are masterpieces, every last one of them. They strike just the right note between self-aware sweding and earnest devotion to the source material, more than making up what she lacks in financial backing with endless gobs of creativity. Just look.
Oscar. Oscar! Give this woman Oscars. John outrunning Peter to the tomb? Those are the sorts of details you just don’t get out of soulless, big budget Hollywood productions. The music, the performances, the props …the spices. It all comes together to create a new benchmark for Bible cinema. Get a load of this one.
What’s great about these is that they’re not exactly marquee Bible stories. These are deeper cuts, which gives you the impression that Julie came across them in her morning quiet time and was so moved by what she found she decided to translate it into art, and that art is here for all of us to enjoy. And we haven’t even gotten to the best one yet. Julie pooled her creative talent into telling the story of Jesus and the fig tree, an oddball story that has baffled readers, puzzled theologians and utterly elided filmmakers until …now.
The New Testament makes up most of her filmography so far, but not entirely. There’s this adaptation of Moses parting the Red Sea, an obscure cut from Abraham and Lot’s relationship and the best riff on Daniel and the lion’s den since Veggie Tales got their hands on it. Honestly, she’s got dozens of them, each better than the last.
Mango also has lots of fun TikToks about dating life, Jamaican culture and the usual mix of fun TikTok dances and the like. She’s a great follow in general, but a filmmaking savant in partivcular. We look forward to her first theatrical release.