Tuesday, April 2, 2013
The Passion of the Christ
I realize I'm about 8 years too late on this movie. I never had an urge to watch it, being barely religious myself, and all of the drama surrounding the movie kind of put me off. But there we were, Good Friday and all, surrounded by social media updates about Easter and the reason for the season. We sort of owed it to ourselves to watch it, you know?
Imdb synopsis: A film detailing the final hours and crucifixion of Jesus Christ. (Sheesh, even the synopsis tells you it's not like other movies)
I'm torn right down the middle for this movie.
On the one hand, it's powerful. It's intense. It's heartbreaking. You know the story, you know how it ends, but to see it visualized? To see it happen? Almost more than I could bear (see what I did there?).
However, from a movie perspective? Not so great. If you didn't know the back story, or the characters, or the religion, what would this movie be? A very long torture scene. Painful to watch, yes. But on it's own, this movie told no story. This movie gave minimum details about the characters on their own, fully relying on the viewer to be familiar with the events.
Passionate? Yes. Emotional? A tear-jerker. But as a movie? I became desensitized to what happened. The whipping, the torture, the pain- all terrible things, but to see it repeated? The continuous falling down and getting back up? The slow motion in order to make everything look more emotional? It bored me as a viewer. It impacted me spiritually, but seeing the same actions happen over and over again caused me to look away. To disconnect from the main character. Given the intensity of the story and the message the movie was trying to proclaim, that's not what I'm supposed to do.
I'm not sure how anyone can watch this movie annually. I was so heartbroken after watching I had to go to bed.