If you’re going to watch a movie over Easter, then it has to be Mel Gibson’s The Passion Of The Christ.
The biblical epic ticks many boxes, it’s beautifully shot, well acted and the story is captivating. Mel Gibson’s passion (no pun intended) shines through, it’s a personal film for him, and it shows.
Forget the naysayers who claim The Passion is anti-Semitic – that’s a way of attacking the film by those who don’t understand what Gibson was trying to achieve. This is The Bible as I know it.
Jim Caviezel gives the performance of his career as Jesus. He transforms himself into Christ and you can see the agony in his eyes. A Catholic himself, Caviezel connects with the material and he seems to fully understand what Gibson is attempting to do. He offers himself up, so the director can create his vision.
Caleb Deschanel’s Academy Award nominated cinematography is rich and textured. It’s a stunning looking film which is reminiscent of a religious oil painting. You can almost see the brush strokes on the canvas. This adds another element to The Passion, building on the script and adding even more religious authenticity. This isn’t a film made to make money, it was created to be a thought provoking piece of art.
The Passion Of The Christ is a cinematic epic that Hollywood refused to make – and Mel Gibson banked his reputation on it. It’s a powerful piece of filmmaking that deals with religion, faith and catholicism. It’s not an enjoyable film to watch, it was never meant to be – it needs to be experienced.