[Marxism] My favorite critic weighs in

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Feb 27 13:58:42 MST 2004

The Passion of the Christ

Mr. Cranky's rating: 3 Bombs


The story is kind of predictable. Resurrection is only really cool when 
it's unexpected.


Has anybody else been following Mel Gibson's recent interviews about 
"The Passion of the Christ" and quietly sobbing? A conservative 
Catholic, Mel told one interviewer that his Episcopalian wife is going 
to hell. Apparently, his performance all those years ago as crazed Sgt. 
Martin Riggs in "Lethal Weapon" wasn't just an act. Mel's a few apples 
short of a full pie and clearly, something hasn't fallen far from the 
tree: Gibson's father has joined the promotion effort by polishing his 
skills as an outspoken Holocaust denier.

Gibson says he worked his way out of suicidal depression by filming the 
story of Jesus's final hours. Gibson begins the story with Jesus (Jim 
Caviezel) out in the forest with his disciples. Meanwhile, Judas is busy 
selling Jesus out to the Jews. The Jewish guards drag Jesus before their 
leaders, who promptly denounce him as a blasphemer then pressure the 
Roman magistrate, Pontius Pilate (Hristo Shopov), to have Jesus crucified.

The story is kind of predictable. Resurrection is only really cool when 
it's unexpected. However, I had no idea prior to seeing this that I was 
about to spend two hours watching Jesus get his ass kicked. Even if you 
have utter disdain for Christianity, watching huge, muscle-bound Romans 
beat the holy crap out of little Jesus isn't very exciting unless you 
like blood, which Mel seems to like very much indeed. When the Romans 
are done with him, Jesus resembles a pork chop tenderized by a jackhammer.

Sitting through this film does provide at least one revelation: Jesus 
wasn't the only one who suffered.


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