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The Passion of the Christ
By his wounds, we were healed.
"The Passion of the Christ" is a film about the last 12 hours in the life of Jesus. Director Mel Gibson received much criticism from critics and audiences for his explicit depiction of and focus on violence and on christs suffering, especially on the part of the jewish community. The films languages are Arabic, Latin and Hebrew and its actors are laymen which was controversially received as well.
The Jesus Christ Chainsaw Massacre.
Not as good as the book...
The Passion of the Christ was always bound to be a project to divide audiences and despite being an atheist myself I was actually fairly interested in the idea of the film, considering I thoroughly enjoy and connect to stories that thematically relate to faith. I do not want to go into the religious aspect behind Mel Gibson's directorial debut as it's frankly lost on me, but the huge problem I have with it is that I don't for a second believe in its intentions. Judged purely as a movie I think it doesn't succeed and in many ways downright fails miserably. Describing the last days and primarily focusing on the torture and execution of Jesus Christ it is a…
Forgive them, Father. They know not what they do.
This film has been hanging over my head for the longest time. I've always had a desire to see it, just to see how violent it really does get. I wish I could go back in time and strangle that little jerk who put that thought into my head. Or just slap Mel Gibson for making this film (and some other things). It's not the many biblical inconsistencies that really even bother me about the film. Sure, I can forget that Simon was more willing to carry Jesus' cross than this film says. Sure, I can forget the gratuitous use of slow motion. What I can't forgive, is the constant unflinching…
Mel Gibson’s adaptation of the spiciest chapter in the popular novel entitled ‘The Holy Bible’ made somewhat of a buzz a decade ago. I am not much of a reader myself and have as such only read bits and pieces of it, but judging from what I’ve just seen I think his take was quite faithful (pun intended) to the source material. Okay joking aside, I hope I didn’t insult anybody with this jokey opener, but if so forgive me for trying to lighten the mood a little after what must be one of the most horrific films that I ever endured. I respect Mel Gibson as a film-maker; his vision is grand and his productions are epic. Just like…
I am not a Christian. If I had to describe my spirituality I would say that I'm an optimistic agnostic. I have been known to call out Christian filmmakers for making some of the worst pieces of trash of all time. One of my most used tags on letterboxd is "Christianity is the Uwe Boll of religions" because of how many horrendous Christian films have come out in recent years. That being said, I really respected this film.
I use the word respected because I got absolutely no enjoyment out of this film. It is a harrowing experience that shocked me, disturbed me, and even brought me to tears. The Passion is often called a horror film and torture porn…
Under Mel Gibson's eye, the Passion Play becomes a fetish object. If this sort of Catholic suffering porn is what gets you off, by all means, have at it. Personally, it seemed a thankless, rather disgusting experience. Christ himself comes off as passive aggressive. The movie is so obsessed with assigning blame that it's almost impossible to extract the positive messages that this story is supposed to send. The filmmaking doesn't help matters. Gibson uses slow motion to such extremes (e.g. every time Jesus stumbles) that it practically becomes a parody of itself. Caleb Deschanel shot it, but it barely shows (even the opening sequence, set in the moonlight, resorts to a lame fog effect). A resolutely stupid movie that steadfastly refuses to question, though that will be its prime charm for many. At the end of the day, though, it's neither the best Jesus movie I've seen, nor the worst.
Since it came out in 2004 it has been labelled 'controversial'. I though I would see what the fuss was about. There was nothing even vaguely controversial about this rehash of the same old story (You can find some if you try hard enough). The overuse of fake blood approached levels of comedy occasionally and if you don't want torture porn stay out of the Testaments as subject matter.
"See, mother, I make all things new."
I understand and appreciate the mythological and historical differences, whose accounts have been adapted to the screen many a times, from the time cinema was invented. Other variations include the Holy Books that have said to have been revealed to men who were sent to Earth for the singular purpose of spreading the word of God, not by their own faculties but by His Command. "Passion" is based on the New Testament Gospels.
'The Command' comes up in other popular religious texts, although sometimes replacing the word 'Command' with 'Authority'. In other words, the sheep and the Shepard story is in abundance when Prophets are spoken of, except Solomon. That dude was King.…
Enjoyment and entertainment are not requisite ingredients in creating great cinema, but even in the darkest, most unrelenting pieces of tragedy-driven cinema there are usually artistically redeeming features. This film however is without redemption, artistically or otherwise. Putting aside religion, politics and the director’s questionable personal views it’s a sickeningly unlikable experience, lacking subtlety, even-handedness and any semblance of a satisfying narrative, even as far as the well-tread story of Jesus’ death. The violence is repetitive, obnoxious and gratuitous and doesn’t help convey any emotions other than tedium.
The most controversial review I wrote for my college paper. This movie was so polarizing such blowback was to be expected. Almost every comment to it was preaching to me. My favorite comment: "Even though the author of this review hasn’t yet had his/ a revelation, (ie., "It is difficult to decipher what the point of this movie is?", obviously, Andy hasn’t yet picked up a cross too heavy too bear all by one’s self) he still can see the merit in the movie, even if not the insight acquired by same?"
Even if you do not like some movies that come out, you feel compelled to respect them. Mel Gibson’s new film “The Passion of the Christ” is…
We get it Mel, you hate the Jews.
La brutalidad extrema llevada a un film, y que no se preocupa por la vulnerabilidad de la audiencia.
A pain to watch, but gets the point across. Jesus had a horrible death, but did it to cover our sins. And rose again.
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