Comments: My Review of The Passion

Your review sounds like so many comments I've heard from other christians who've seen the movie. It seems that if you know th story, and know the impact of what his death meant, then you tend to see the movie in a better light. Non- believers say it's over graphic, believers say it's not graphic enough.

I myself have not seen it, but would very much like to.

Great review!

Posted by Suzanne at April 11, 2004 1:05 AM

Hi Ted !
Thanks for the comment. I think I would add that Mel Gibson omitted one important point at the crucifixion of Jesus. The Centurion that witnessed it said, "Surely this man was the Son of God".

I was sorry to see this omission, because I think it is very valid conclusion. Have a good day !

Jim

Posted by Jim Bates at April 11, 2004 5:16 PM

I too was disappointed they left out that quote.

Posted by Ted at April 11, 2004 7:31 PM

I think if the mopping up of blood after the scourging was a Jewish custom, there would have been some mention of it prior to the movie. I believe Mel has taken artistic liberty to illustrate a Catholic belief that the blood of Christ is so sacred it must be treated with the utmost respect. Catholic churches have special systems for disposing of the leftover wine & wafers after Communion. I don't begrudge them the respect of Christ's blood - we should all learn to be so reverent. I do however, feel that throwing this scene into an otherwise historically correct account is not appropriate. Unless you have a Catholic background, you might assume that this was really the way of the day. Maybe I am wrong and it truly was what happened - I just never heard about it prior to viewing the movie.

Posted by Ann at April 12, 2004 8:40 AM

Check out the web sites on Anne Catherine Emmerich. She was a nun in the 16th century. You might find it interesting.

Posted by Ned Swift at April 12, 2004 8:57 AM

I was disappointed that Mary Magdalene was portrayed as a prostitute. There is no mention of this in the Bible, she was however delivered of seven demons. Also Pontius Pilate was portrayed too kindly even historians agree that he was barbaric. The most intense and gripping part of the movie for me was when Jesus embraced the cross. It really brought it home how he willingly went to the cross in obedience to the Father.

Posted by Elaine at April 12, 2004 7:10 PM

Ned,
I see what you mean. It is very interesting.

Posted by Ted at April 12, 2004 7:23 PM