The Passion of the Christ Review

Rated: 4/5

Introduction

When dealing with a subject matter like this it is important to draw a line at some point in what should and should not be shown. The Passion of the Christ doesn’t just cross said line, it completely ignores the existence and for a good hour the audience is subjected to horrifying scenes of physical torture so relentless in nature I have to question whether its aims are really the ones Gibson claims to have. Be it the flogging or the breaking and nailing of limbs, there is not a moment of pause and Gibson made sure to include as many slow-motion scenes of Jesus falling to the ground from exhaustion as he possibly could. No matter what the backdrop is I can’t help but look at it as a work of exploitation and bad taste. The music merely reinforces my verdict, being overly intrusive and painfully sentimental. — Fabian from letterboxd

I’d say the above quote pretty much sums up much of what many view as a flaw of this movie. That it crosses the line on violence, shows more than it should; too much dramatic flair, too much gore, too much slow-mo, too much anti-semitism (never mind that the source material in of itself could be considered more anti-semitic than this movie is, but I’ll get to that later). Many hold those beliefs against this movie. And to all of them I have this to say, “That may be your opinion, but your opinion is wrong, you bunch of pansy-assed pussified cry-babies.”

Think I stated that a little too bluntly, but if they’re going to be that blunt and unfair about this movie, then I’m dishing some of that right back at them. I’m going to make a case for (Passion of the) Christ, and demonstrate that it’s undeservedly bashed upon for reasons based on weak foundations, and demonstrate why I believe it’s actually a good movie. Not a perfect movie, I do believe there are some faults to be had here, but good none-the-less.

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