the passion of the christ
Did anybody see "The Passion of the Christ". I saw it last nite and was really blown away. It was a bit too Hollywood (for instance, I don't remember reading about Peter kick-boxing a Roman soldier in the Gospels) but overall the movie was very powerful and thought-provoking.
The movie is pretty controversial here in New York. I guess the two things some people hate about it are:
a) it's really, really violent. This is true. I'm not sure why it's so important for us to see the barbed whips actually removing flesh from Jesus's body as he lays there writhing. I don't know if I get Mel Gibson's call here, but it didn't stop the movie from working for me.
b) it promotes anti-Jewish superstitions in its portrayal of the Jews killing Christ. As an ethnic Jew myself, I find the movie innocent of this charge. It is actually very respectful towards the Jewish roots of early Christianity, and virtually all the good characters in the movie (basically Jesus, his family, his disciples and a few townspeople) are notably Jewish. I don't see how anybody could come away from this movie feeling it was anti-semitic. It's true that the main Rabbi is portrayed as a villian, but what the hell, there have been a lot of villians in a lot of movies.
Anyway, the film was touching if slightly overwrought, and featured several surreal cinematic moments that were up there with the work of David Lynch or Paul Thomas Anderson. Mel Gibson is obviously a very talented director, and no dummy.
Just wondering what all y'all thought of this movie ...