Passion of the christ review

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The distributor decided, therefore, to release it with no rating NR. Their leaders, however--Pilate, his right-hand man, Abenader, and his wife, Claudia--are all presented as compassionate souls who make every reasonable effort and more to spare Jesus' life. That his film is superficial in terms of the surrounding message -- that we get only a few passing references to the teachings of Jesus -- is, I suppose, not the point. And don't go in looking for your own version of the story - it's not your film! Can you tell me? Cinematographer Caleb Deschanel was charged with refining the religious depictions of baroque artist Caravaggio striking works of morbid iconography for the screen. Not Hunter's fault; the film's Crucifixion scene had to be re-shot because preview audiences objected to Jesus' hairy chest. It is one of many, many uses of slow motion in the film to signal that Something Important is taking place. For all their virtues and faults, they were films about a walking, talking, arguing and thinking Jesus, not simply a blood-stained, suffering mute. Advertisement I prefer to evaluate a film on the basis of what it intends to do, not on what I think it should have done. I grew up on those pious Hollywood biblical epics of the s, which looked like holy cards brought to life. Am I the only person who came out of this movie with the impression that it was originally conceived with Gibson's union-busting airline tycoon as the villain and Sinise's H. The characters who come off the worst are the Roman soldiers, who laugh and taunt Jesus as they beat him and gamble for his robe while they wait for him to die. He added, however, "After the initial run in movie theaters, I received numerous letters from people all across the country.

Many of these details, of course, appear in the Gospels, and defenders of The Passion could argue that, yes, the film does lay the blame for Jesus' death on the Jews, but it does so only because the Gospels do as well. Even Satan pops up as a hooded cue ball, part Sith, part Dr.

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The crucifixion scene has also been trimmed in places. It marches unflinchingly through the suffering and death Christ endured on our behalf, using flashbacks to relieve tension and offer insight into his humanity.

Passion of the christ review

Continue reading Show less Is it any good? The performances in this film are inspired. I myself am no longer religious in the sense that a long-ago altar boy thought he should be, but I can respond to the power of belief whether I agree or not, and when I find it in a film, I must respect it. This post originally appeared at TNR. It's a tough objective, and the film veers between moody, flame-lit arcana and a burnished, draining whitewash daylight sucked dry of scope; a docu-stark antidote to the dreamy twinkle of Cecil B. The DVD also contains a flyer offering all the Passion paraphenalia one could ever desire: the soundtrack, the picture-book, the movie poster, the t-shirts, the album of songs "inspired" by the film, and the Passion-themed jewelry, including a silver pendant shaped like one of the spikes driven through Jesus' hands, "presented in an elegant velvet jewelry box. Simultaneously, it is a daring artistic endeavour from a Hollywood star who was driven to put his credibility and lead-weighted beliefs into the court of public and media o Movies:. The graphic images of torture and mutilation are undeniably powerful. Families can talk about how this story fits into their own faith tradition. I grew up on those pious Hollywood biblical epics of the s, which looked like holy cards brought to life.

Chicken Run The fact that Mel Gibson actually hopes to use his movie as a vehicle for evangelism only adds fuel to the fire. I hope the film has the power to evangelize.

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This is a story of unparalleled substance told with unprecedented style. The effect of Aramaic and Latin, with the moody soundtrack, was spellbinding. A post-match lie-down in a darkened room comes highly recommended. He takes a rope from a putrefying animal carcass and uses it to hang himself he is shown dangling from a tree.

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In particular, Gibson has shown an unhealthy fascination with the systematic brutalization of human flesh, offering himself up for graphic torture in Lethal Weapon, Braveheart, Conspiracy Theory, and Payback. They could take this opportunity to explore the ways that groups of all kinds have responded to the story of Jesus and to consider the controversy this film has raised about its portrayal of the Jewish elders. Gibson is determined that the holy notion of the body and blood of Christ are given a very carnal context A tormented movie about torment; loopy, over-reaching and occasionally suspicious. And here lies undeniable power. There is also something half-deranged about its depiction of evil - deformed dwarves, mutilated children and storm clouds bloom daftly at the film's ropier fringes. Caviezel is almost mummified beneath layers of prosthetics, skin flayed red raw like an animal carcass, leaving him more symbol than character. Perhaps the film's greatest impact has been to get me to pick up the Bible again, and do so with a new faith and understanding. This is what Mr. Pilate is the only character besides Jesus whom the film presents with any nuance; as PR for the prefect, The Passion could hardly be better.

I grew up on those pious Hollywood biblical epics of the s, which looked like holy cards brought to life. Some of the scenes are particularly awkward, while others seem overwrought without the missing context.

For a film that is so determinedly putting its emphasis on the 'real', this is camp showmanship at its most redundant.

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When Judas is tossed his bag of silver, it flies through the air in slow motion, just to make sure that no one misses the fact that this transaction is fraught with meaning. He is literally shredded, then is dragged across the floor through crimson pools of his own blood. Such criticism, however, betrays a very narrow minded approach; the manner in which this sequence is filmed conveys the full thematic significance it. What other biblical stories have you seen? Gibson has communicated his idea with a singleminded urgency. Gibson works so hard to give himself every masculine virtue that he fails to notice some are incompatible: You can't be both eternally faithful to your dead wife and a red-hot lover who has the princess giggling at her good fortune the next morning. Was this review helpful? And any power these explicit scenes have is in any case undermined by the absurd tweeness of the final moments. The Passion Recut is the same film in spirit, Gibson said. How quaint to remember Nicholas Ray's old-fashioned Biblical epic King of Kings of , starring Jeffrey Hunter as a stately and reticent Jesus, but daring in its proposal of a virtual dual significance for Barabbas, leading the violent revolutionary wing of Jesus's non-violent rebellion. The distributor decided, therefore, to release it with no rating NR. Gibson invents a new genre with The Passion - that of historical horror. Cinematographer Caleb Deschanel was charged with refining the religious depictions of baroque artist Caravaggio striking works of morbid iconography for the screen. Every flicker of every torch-flame is accompanied by what sounds like the flap of a pterodactyl's wing. One might have imagined that of all the stories told in our culture, this was the one least in need of directorial gilding.
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