Well, I am sure that this movie will cause some approar here when/if it is released, so I thought I would get the ball rolling. Javaranch has such a multitude of cultures but one culture I have not blatenly run into is the Jewish culture/community. So if there are any Jewish friends out there, I would love to hear your take on this movie when the time comes. From what I have been reading, the big deal about this movie is that the Jewish Community is afraid it will portray a negative image of the Jewish community and that the film is anti-semitic. From reading interviews with people that have seen this movie in private screenings, they have been saying that this movie is not anti-semitic and it is one of the most accurate portrayals of the last 12 hours of Jesus Christ as told in the Gospols. The majority of the people saying that this film is anti-semitic haven't even seen the film yet. So there are a lot of assumptions flying around. But that is really not the point. Even if the movie is anti-semitic, and if the movie paints a somewhat nasty picture of Jews during the time of Christ, what is to say that is bad? When movies are made about WWII, does the German community rise up against the film? When we make movies about slavery, does the white community rise up and claim that it paints an ugly picture of white Americans? And when a movie is made about 911 (and you know there will be one) will the muslim community rise up against the movie because it paints a disturbing picture of a group of muslims? Basically what I am saying is, it's a movie. It's Mel Gibson's views of what happened to Christ as told from the Gospols, Mathew, Mark, Luke, and John from the Christian Bible. If the Jewish community feels that the Christian Bible is not accurate, then I feel they are free to make their own rendition of Jesus' final 12 hours, and I will not protest. I would even go see it. This film is an artistic expression not to mention having a constitutional right to be shown anywhere. I just hope it gets released and close enough to me so I can see it on the big screen.
Even if the movie is anti-semitic, and if the movie paints a somewhat nasty picture of Jews during the time of Christ, what is to say that is bad? Ummm, I can imagine ways that a movie like this could be made such that I might feel the need to denounce it as a vile piece of propaganda. There are various ways filmmakers can stack the deck one way or another to push a particular agenda. But I have no reason to think that will actually be the case here. It seems that, as you say, most of the complaints are from people in no position to know what the movie is really like anyway. I suspect that the actual film won't be bad at all. I have no sympathy for attempts to ban the film at this point.
I'm certainly interested in seeing it. Then he should make another version where Judas gets crucified instead, Jesus fakes his resurrection and runs off and marries that Mary Magdalene. That's a better ending and much more worthy of the Hollywood tradition!
Um, how exactly does Jesus run off with Mary Magdelene after faking his resurrection? Or did you mean faking Judas's resurrection?
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Originally posted by Joel McNary: Um, how exactly does Jesus run off with Mary Magdelene after faking his resurrection? Or did you mean faking Judas's resurrection? Well duh! Judas is mistaken for Jesus by the Romans (or feels guilty and goes willingly with the intent to deceive them) and - helped with a good bit of acting by the Virgin Mary in front of the cross - the whole world is led to believe Jesus died (apart from those pesky Muslims later on). They all had beards and sandals in those days so it would have been easy. Obviously Jesus didn't actually die because he "appears" three days later. After which he's free to bugger off somewhere with Magdelene, probably Turkey where John took his mum. Cue credits ... damn, what am I saying?!? - this should all be in the sequel! [ October 21, 2003: Message edited by: Richard Hawkes ]