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In the first century A.D., the free-spirited Mary (Rooney Mara) flees the marriage her family has arranged for her, finding refuge and a sense of purpose in a radical new movement led by the charismatic, rabble-rousing preacher Jesus (Joaquin Phoenix). The sole woman among his band of disciples, Mary defies the prejudices of a patriarchal society as she undergoes a profound spiritual awakening and finds herself at the center of an earth-shaking historical moment. Boldly challenging received wisdom, Mary Magdalene is a rapturous, moving account of a miraculous woman who risked everything to follow her faith.
I liked the matter-of-fact way Davis tells this extremely familiar story: we're given a real sense of what his followers sacrificed and risked, a woman most particularly. Chiwetel Ejiofor is very good as a measured, calculating Peter, but it's Mary who emerges here as Christ's most unwavering friend ...