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The Passion of the Christ (DVD, 2004, Widescreen)
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The Passion of the Christ ~ Why All the Hoopla?
Feb 25, 2004
Review by drdevience
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Let me preface this review by stating that I am not religious. I've read the bible more than once, and I do enjoy movies based on it.. but I view them as great works of fiction. I'm sorry if that offends anyone, it isn't meant to. I state it only to qualify my feelings on this particular film....
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I would have eventually gotten around to seeing Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ just because I like to watch movies from this time period... but I saw it on opening day because I had to see for myself what all this to-do and fuss was about. To be honest.. it was about nothing. Oh it's a good story alright, about Jesus' last day and the crucifixion and all that. I mean pretty standard story line. It followed the book's plot pretty durn close to the money, if not exactly.
And yes it was pretty gorey and all that, but really not any more so than the slasher/horror flicks of the past few years. There was a spot here and there that I cringed a bit.. but the theater was packed and they were crying... yep.. loudly sobbing. I wanted to yell Oh do shut up and let me watch the damn movie. I mean I understand what they were on about, to them this was their main man getting brutally beat and all.... but to me it was just another movie based on a best selling book that happened to be getting a lot of press.
As to that press. I fail to see the reason anyone is picketing this movie. Seriously. The Jewish folks are portrayed badly? Not nearly as badly as those guards! If anyone was to get their dander up I suppose it should Italians.. it's their ancestors that were the assholes here... yeah yeah a few Jewish priests were really stupid and scared of losing their power base.. that's about par for the course today too, in all religions. No, it was the guards that went against explicit orders and flayed the man open. Sorry Jewish folks, your protestations are making you look stupid, not this movie at all.
So, it's the standard plot, but what about the filming and whatnot? Now all that was excellent. Yesiree this was Mel Gibson's baby from inception to release including putting out around 25 million bucks of his own money to get the thing to the screen. He did a tremendous job with it. When I heard it was subtitled I groaned a bit... turns out I think he made a very good choice to do it that way. It put you more into the period to have the lines delivered in the language of these people.
Gibson picked the right man for the job to play Jesus too. James Caviezel turned out an absolutely outstanding performance. I could feel his pain, and his disappointment at Judas and Peter... His body language, facial expressions, and line delivery were just utter perfection. I didn't even realize until I went to write this review that this is the same Caviezel that played Edmund Dantes in Count of Monte Cristo. Amazing reach here.
As far as the set and filming goes.. well.. again, outstanding. It felt like it really was that time period.. from the costumes to the scenery, this was just real. Italy was very well used here.
This movie runs just a tad over 2 hours and is Rated R for sequences of graphic violence. Well yes there are those, make no mistake... however, it's nothing worse than today's horror flicks.. and if you are of the religious persuasion then you just might want to take them.. I dunno. Up to you. I was talking to a Father in line who was planning to bring his youth group Saturday to see it, he came early to screen it. That's what I'm talkin' about. If you're unsure, then see it yourself first. Kudos to that priest.
I'm sorry if you were wanting a religious expose here. I'm sure you'll find plenty here in the next day or two. I do, as a damn heathen, recommend this movie to everyone.
...And oh yeah.. Jesus gets briefly nekkid at the end.
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