Otherwise, this movie is more or less a badly composed biography of Martin Luther, passing over the Catholic Church’s questionable doctrines and despicable actions at that time with obvious interest but then suddenly interrupting the narrative’s transitions by implementing unnecessary details about Luther’s life, e.g. his later marriage to a former novice. Romance is a topic that was very irrelevant to the plot of Luther and the screenwriter only widened the film’s failure by squeezing in a romance for romance’s sake and further ruining any dramatic effect the film had initially. Luther had the potential to be a decently designed movie, with solid drama and wit carrying the viewers along the action and authenticity of the settings; its retrospection of history during the Renaissance is admirable in its clarity and also in its open-minded overview of the Protestant Reformation. Unfortunately, this biopic about Martin Luther was unsuccessful not merely because its veracity is doubtful or because it is a controversial film but more due to the disconnected elements and themes in its screenplay and its choice of content.
Luther is available on DVD wherever movies are sold in Fresno, and online.