The Passion of Christ

May 14, 2012

A lot like  controversial movie The Life of Brian, Mel Gibbson’s The Passion of the Christ was also a very controversial movie. Which I’ve seen a bunch of times. I thought this to be a great movie. Speaking in the language of the the ancient Romans gives you a real feel and sense of the time in which you are viewing. I also did think the actors did an amazing job as whom they were supposed to be. The physical suffering of Jesus was portrayed very strongly throughout the entire movie; the agony and pain of the whippings, the pain of walking from Jerusalem to Golgotha, the pain of being nailed to the cross and lifted up was so strongly depicted in this movie that sometimes it became hard to watch. The imagery is extremely grotesque. Blood is everywhere, and the flesh of the character playing Jesus is heavily abused. The movie overall does well at staying with the message of the Scriptures. Even though it does seem to me that Gibbson added a few parts it still doesn’t change anything or the way the scripture really portrays to us Jesus’ last 12 hours. One part i remember  that i do not remember from the scriptural was while while Jesus carries the cross. He falls, as he falls Mary has a flashback to his childhood and he falls and Mary goes running after him and scoops him up in her arms. This part although not in the scripture brings great emotion to the scene. Showing the relationship and bond between mother and son. The passion of the Christ was said to be an anti-Semitic movie, which i do not agree with. In the movie Gibbson portrays the Jewish people to be how they were portrayed in the scriptures. Nothing more, nothing less. Overall i think this to be an excellent movie that stays relatively close to the true meanings and depictions in the scripture.

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The life of Brian

May 14, 2012

The life of Brian was a movie that i have never heard of or ever seen before. After watching it I begin to see how interesting it was and did a little background information on it. As i was looking through the background information i was trying to see what it was everyone had been talking about. Upon doing research I found out that this movie was banded in the the UK and was considered blasphemous. Some of the bans were just removed as of the late 2000’s. So knowing this about the movie when i watched it i found a few parts that would appear blasphemous but to me as a christian watching it was not offended by the movie at all. One big part would have to be the end of the movie when Brian is crucified on the cross. As he hangs the line of one of the other men on the cross is “it’s not so bad once your up here”. If it was Jesus whom they were saying it to i can see it as being offensive but it was not actually Jesus, so the movie to me in this scene did not offend me. I found the people who filmed and directed the movie to be more offensive. As i was doing research i found this quote that bashes the christians and my faith. The director, Terry Jones stated one day in response to the films poor publicity “Any religion that makes a form of torture into an-icon that they worship seems to me a pretty sick sort of religion quite honestly”. I found the movie to be entertaining not so much as offensive, it wasn’t a direct depiction of Jesus and my faith.

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