Everyone has seen it. Cardinal Pell has seen it and warmly recommends it’s age-old message: flagellation is more redemptive than wearing a hair-shirt any day. The Holy Father has seen it and may – or may not – have observed that “it is, as it was.’ Brian Henderson used to say something similar at the end of Channel 9 news but with significantly less authenticity
Stephen Crittenden has seen it and is concerned that Gibson failed to understand that Greek – not Latin – was the lingua franca of the eastern Roman empire. Of course, Pilate himself – a provincial functionary – may have used the Greek tongue, and what about that terrible slip-up where they spliced some Hebrew into the soundtrack instead of Aramaic? Priceless!
Margaret and David have seen it and only gave it about 3 and a half stars between them; violence and a failure to fully explore the movie’s subversive film noir potential was the problem. Not – as some have alleged – the absence of a Cannes freebie. A slur on our well-loved icons if ever there was one. Speaking of well-loved icons, James Russell has seen it and gives it a qualified thumbs up. Rob Corr hasn’t seen it but, perhaps surprisingly, he’s read Miranda Devine’s review of same. From what Rob can work out, it’s not entirely clear that Jesus was a Revolutionary per se, but he shapes promisingly as the sort of guy who would be a reliable Left faction vote in a tight corner.
Yes. It’s The Passion of The Christ . Mel Gibson’s epochal act of cinematic, and – reputedly – personal, testament. It’s been a difficult gestation: leaked scripts, claims of anti-Semitism, Mel’s dad occasionally scampering naughtily away from his carers to share his views on Vatican II – it was a communist plot, and Auschwitz (just a pumpernickel bread factory apparently) – with The New York Times. It’s all been very problematic – and hence, a marketing dream. It’s going to be the biggest Latin/Aramaic movie with subtitles, in history and by Xmas the Latin/Aramaic dance remix will be all over MTV.
Do I want to see it? I dunno. I did Stations of the Cross on Good Fridays throughout my childhood and though the flogging aspect was often lacking, one of the Brothers would usually be only too happy to oblige at the least transgression. What do you think?