Well, I went to the Mel Gibson film “The Passion of the Christ” on Saturday with a group of people from The Rock Christian students and Students for Family Values. We had a meal, trucked over to St. Anthony Main cinema, and got comfy in what is really a stellar theatre.
There were no previews to the film, which surprised me, but I can admire and be thankful that this film wasn’t overcommercialized.
The Passion is incredible. It is simply based on the accounts of Christ’s crucifixion found on the Bible. There is nothing added to the film outside of what we find in the Bible. The film is intense, and very graphic. In fact, it’s more graphic than any film I can remember.
There are a few things that shold be mentioned, no, this film is not anti-semetic. No, this film is not about Catholicism “idol worship” and no, this film is not about Christ’s teachings. It is only about the death of Jesus.
The Passion does exactly what it was designed to do, present to the public what was.
It’s hard to talk about this film outside of theology. However, I can say with confidence that all the acting was superbly done. Harry the Savage, a U of M latin and classics major, told me that the languages were done well. Visually, this film is spectacular, any digital imaging or speical effects are seamless. Like usual, I didn’t notice the musical score at all, which means it niether took away from the film nor did it outshine the film.
As a relatively recent convert to Christianity, I can say with confidence that this film has a lot of meaning for Christians, and is one to continue to meditate on for a long time. I even went back and read all the accounts of Jesus’ death in my Bible.