Life of Brian

May 6, 2012

The Life of Brian was interesting. I wasn’t expecting to see Jesus only once in the movie. I enjoyed the fact it was based on Brian, someone who was born in the next manger over from Jesus; rather than a film all about Jesus, it made it different than the rest. The Life of Brian satirizes the 1960’s and 1970’s which is also different and not really seen in biblical films. Throughout the parody there was some seriousness which consisted of the mocking of the ridiculousness of religious fanaticism. The question of why people do not think for themselves is continually popping up throughout the film. Both Jesus and Brian have many followers. I do not understand why people were offended by the film, you cannot always have a serious movie based on biblical features, and there must be some films that can capture a different audience. Jesus was portrayed very respectively in this movie, and that is all you could ask for.

King of Kings

May 6, 2012

This film focuses on Jesus’ ministry and the political ways of Israel. In this movie Jesus had both men and women following him which was unusual because there were never really women followers. Judas shows Jesus a rational side of himself; he believes Jesus could be a potential political solution for conflict between the Jews and the Romans. It is obvious Judas didn’t really know who Jesus really was and what he stood for. Judas, who was once a follower of Jesus, betrays him for silver to the Romans. Many different sources were used to make this film. All the Gospels were used however more of the Gospel from Matthew is portrayed in this film. I believe the King of Kings spend a lot of time on the Roman-Jewish politics while most of the teaching and miracles of Christ are told from perspectives of others rather than really shown in the film. Some scenes could have been looked at more in depth such as the woman at the well, The calming of the sea, etc.

10 Commandments

May 6, 2012

Demilles film begins as an Egyptian pharaoh is told that the enslaved Hebrew are soon to give birth. He orders the slaughterer he must kill all newborn Jewish boys, but one is placed in a basket and floats down the Nile. He is found by the pharaoh’s sister and is brought up as her own. That is as much as we say when he is a baby in depth. The real story starts when he is grown up and is a prince. I thought it was interesting to see how there was no emphasis on him growing up. We know there is a rivalry between Moses and Ramses throughout all the years. When Moses lineage is revealed, I believe it is bitter sweet. His entire opinion on how he acted or lived as a prince changed. The princess is in love with Moses and wants him to win the competition to see who will win the place as pharaoh. She says she cannot be in love with someone who is not a pharaoh, but in reality he is not. He comes from a family of enslaved Jews and is in actuality not an Egyptian pharaoh. This movie represents God and the relationships between people and God.

The Passion of the Christ

May 6, 2012

Mel Gibson’s film, The Passion of the Christ, depicts Jesus’ last hours before he is ultimately crucified. The film presents graphic violence and brutality imposed on Jesus Christ. The explicit events unfold in a bold and daring manner, making it almost impossible for an audience not to address the cruelty. Even in the opening scene of the film, Jesus is depicted as fragile and desperate, possibly even on the verge of his own defeat. However, he remains resilient and seeks the aid and assurance of God. In the film’s portrayal of him, although Jesus embodies human qualities as he suffers throughout the events leading to his crucifixion, his portrayal also depicts him as the messiah. For instance, referring back to the initial scene of the film, as Jesus is being tempted by Satan, he constantly shuns Satan in favor of God. Similarly, as he is being crucified, Jesus cries out and forsakes God, believing that God has deserted him in his final hours. However, he retracts his statement, and begs for the forgiveness of those that have sinned and ordered his crucifixion. A prominent theme comes from his act here as the film constantly advocates forgiveness. Despite the horrific violence and brutality, the undertone of Jesus’ message shines throughout the film. Explaining his purpose, Jesus states, “You are My friends. There is no greater love than for a man to lay down his life for his friends. I cannot be with you much longer, My friends. You cannot go where I am going. My commandment to you after I am gone is this: Love one another. As I have loved you, so love one another.”

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