I am a huge fan of Biblical films. The 10 Commandments, The Robe, Barabbas, ect.. So when I was afforded the opportunity of seeing the 2011 film The Song of King Solomon I jumped at the chance. Little did I know it would be jumping off a cliff into the abyss!
The Song of King Solomon is a film written and directed by Stephen Southouse and stars Jason Croot as King Solomon. The film follows King Solomon the greatest king in the world who seems to have it all; power, money, women, but he is missing one thing; that one thing is love. One day Solomon sees Shulamith (Ifeoma Oboko) and he takes her back to his palace. Later the daughter of Pharaoh; one of Solomon’s wives realizes his heart beats not with her, but for another!
From this point on the film is about Solomon’s desire to have Shulamith! One thing that bothered me in this film was the angels were mentioned, but not one word of Jehovah God! Jehovah was the God of Solomon; yet He was just overlooked! Also I’ve read the Song of Solomon from the bible and it can be a tough text to understand! So understanding this film can be a daunting task for those would find the book hard to understand!
The cinematography is stunning! The locations used in the film was Valley of The Butterflies, Rhodes and Kalitha Spa, Rhodes are just beautiful. The costumes by Debbie Chan were right to the time. The performance of Jason Croot and Ifeoma Oboko was not bad, but there is only so much an actor can do with a script and I just felt like the story was just lacking the "it" factor! “It” is what keeps you interested and glued to the TV! In the end the speaking in poetry and all the nudity "The Song of King Solomon" seemed to be something that should have been shown in an X rated theater back in the day!
I would have to say that unless you just want to see nudity or unless you’re a fan of Stephen Southouse’s films just stay clear of this film. For me it was just a waste of time! But if you do want to check it out, you can get more information at his website: www.zelicafilms.co.uk
Moral Rating: Extreme Nudity
Audience: Adults Only
Length: 79 min.
Our Rating: D