Jesus Christ Superstar (1973)

An infectiously fun take on the last weeks of Christ. The music is phenomenal, Carl Anderson is absolutely captivating as Judas, and the visual aesthetic is inventive and engaging. Framing the narrative from the very beginning as a restaging puts the focus more on interpreting Christ’s life, rather than depicting it. This immediately settles and…

Last Days in the Desert (2015)

What is it with Christ movies and terrible endings? The ending of “The Passion of the Christ” breaks the whole conceit of the film, undercutting all its focus on verisimilitude and realism by making a prescriptive statement, robbing the audience of their chance to judge the Passion as those in Christ’s time could. The ending…

The Passion of the Christ (2004)

For all the controversy and debate surrounding the film, I think it’s simpler and shallower than it seems, or as many cast it. Even for director Mel Gibson’s talk of its thematics, I don’t even think it’s particularly imbibed with any themes, message, philosophy, anything. It is just Gibson trying his best to depict the…