Director: Roger Young
Writer: Suzette Couture
Keywords: Drama, Bible, Biography
Review by anonymous (posted on 6-Sep-2006)
This movie was an attempt to portray a more human, affable Christ and, in some respects, it succeeded. It was refreshing in some senses, but overall it lacked a certain reverential approach. I would applaud any film efforts to remove Christ from the "plaster saint," inaccessible category. Scorsese's "Last Temptation of Christ" was a portrayal in this category. It might have been more effective for Jesus relate on a human level in a fashion other than splashing water on his disciples or skipping stones in the lake. It makes it difficult to believe the scenes which follow showing miracles and preaching; it is difficult to take this Christ seriously. I do see, however, what the film was attempting to portray. The role of Jesus Christ is challenging for any actor ... how does one portray a believable, human figure with divine attributes? The roles were fairly well reprised, but not always consistent. Gary Oldman, one of my favorite actors, was fine as Pontius Pilate, but what drew me in the "Roman" characters was G.W. Bailey's portrayal as Livio, a fictional character and smooth talking toady to Pilate ... how he managed to worm his way into the story is a mystery, but he and Pilate (Oldman)played well off of each other. The sidecar visions of the miscomprehension of Christ's message---the Crusades and other atrocities were effective to an extent, but I would have preferred a more straightforward narrative ... thoughtful Christians are aware of the blood shed in the name of Christ. The reappearance of Satan in the Garden of Gethsemane is non-Biblical, but understandable as this was Christ's most vulnerable moment when he genuinely dreaded the horrors and torture to come. We always need to find our "Christ for all seasons" ... Jesus will be many things to many people. We need to thoroughly understand Christ's charisma to understand the passionate faith which moved the world.
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