And my goodness there have been many and they are a mixed bag…
I’ll be honest – my least favorite is Mel Gibson and his needlessly barbaric and slightly dubious Passion of the Christ – not since the Third Reich stopped making films have Jews been portrayed in such a cartoon-like way. This movie echoes all the worst aspects of Christianity from the anti-Jewish sentiments expressed in the gospel of John through the early church to the present day.
I’d rather watch Max von Sydow playing Jesus and Charlton Heston as John the Baptist – The Greatest Story Ever Told – a movie made in a gentler time where Jesus gathering his disciples is not unlike Robin gathering up his merry men. Nice Sunday afternoon viewing.
But the most intellectually engaging version of the story of Jesus at the end of his life has to be The Last Temptation of Christ – a very misunderstood movie by Scorsese which looks at what would have happened if Jesus had been tempted off the Cross. Far from being blasphemous – I thought this film oozed Catholic theology.