it was pretty bogus actually
mel missed the whole point about jesus and redemption
he focused wrongly on the physical plane and completely failed on the astral plane's gain
it was pure porno to me
i got pissed off and walked out midway through,
right after throwing my half-eaten hot dog at the screen
it wasn't a kosher thing to do
but then again, neither was the hot dog
many people in the overcrowded theatre hissed at me as I left
I think some people jeered/cheered at me exiting -
mainly the fundamentalists who had arrived by bus
a few minutes later, out on the street, some guy almost ran me over as I was crossing away from the multiplex, he got out of his car and chased me because he said i gave him a dirty look
actually, i was pissed off about wasting ten bucks on marketing crap
believe me, i understand marketing crap, it's the shitty business i'm in that pays the bills but does not feed the soul
somewhere jesus' message about love seems to have disappeared these days
think of the middle east
we're nothing but a race of competitive, violent beings
thuggery is practiced at macro and micro levels and it makes me ill
as for the movie, it does not matter whether I was catholic or not, which i am, i was underwhelmed by the movie
PS - I saw The Last Temptation of Christ in Chicago more than a decade ago. Fundamentalists had stink bombed the place with rotten eggs the night before. There were maybe about six people brave enough to sit through the smell to see this movie. Now the fundamentalists are paying Mel gold in droves to sit through this pile of crap. Irony?
Scorcese's Last Temptation of Christ movie blew me away. And made me laugh - seeing John Lurie and Harvey Keitel as disciples, speaking in Brooklynese.
That movie's message was much better, and hey, it had a plot - besides simple gratuitous violence.
Sorry to disagree, Levi. But the passion did not move me, except to leave the theatre.