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Inevitably, many people will compare this to the 1973 Norman Jewison film, which is a pity, as they are so vastly different. This is much more somber, and the final scenes are wrenching.
Glenn Carter is astounding as Jesus, vocally exceptional in what must be a difficult part to sing, and looking like an Albrecht Durer painting. His Gethsemane ("I Only Want to Say") is superb, and worth the price of this film alone.
Jerome Pradon is also excellent as Judas, and Fred Johanson's Pilate is marvelous, though the entire cast is good, both as actors and singers.
It is interesting in this film how skillfully the evil in a character is portrayed in the song and dance numbers, by Herod (who is so well played by Rik Mayall), and Judas.
One feels the exhaustion and horror of Jesus' last days palpably in this film. The drama of the scourging is a magnificent piece of staging, and powerful; it is a visual punch to the gut, and the crucifixion scene is brilliantly done and moves me to tears every time I see it.
Not an easy film to watch, but well worth the purchase, as it gets better with each viewing.
In terms of the sheer power of the story, this newest entry into the market is head and shoulders above the Jewison rendition. While I much preferred the way the first JCSS was filmed (on location, etc.) the performances in the Edwards' film were much more powerful. It pays to remember that when ALW/TR wrote the original score, their goal was to bring Christ to the people of the day. This staging certainly accomplishes that, even if it's not really my 'style.'
Glenn Carter as Christ is tormented by his 'role' as the Messiah, obviously conflicted about his relationship with Judas (more on Pradon later), often poignantly affected by his coming trials. His voice did seem a bit 'weak' for the material, but it is the scenes of him in the final moments (after his arrest through his cruxifiction) that reduced me to tears. He lives the pain...it is apparent in every move he makes, every expression on his face.
Judas...what can I say. From the first moment, he captured me. I've never seen Judas as the cold, calculating man he is frequently portrayed to be. To me, he was a puppet in the hands of a power he couldn't begin to understand. He is afraid for Christ and the apostles, that much is made clear. To him, it's a obviously a case of saving Jesus from himself...but it backfires when he realizes what the Romans really have planned.Read more ›
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I've been a fan of Andrew Lloyd Webber's work since I was a child (a very long time ago), and love this particular incarnation of the classic. Read morePublished 2 months ago by D. Lipsitz
Beautiful and emotional, my preferred version of the 3 main productions. Jerome Pradon is awesome, my favorite performer.Published 3 months ago by Susan
Definitely a different slant on a classic rock opera. Think Jesus Christ meets Greenwich Village.Published 4 months ago by Michael Kenmir
I have been a fan of JCS since the early 70's when the original LP was released. I've seen or heard every version I could find and this I would say is the ultimate JCS. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Steven Lewis
Great production. More modern approach should appeal to especially younger people, but anyone would enjoy it.Published 5 months ago by James F.
I bought the 1973 version and thought it was a bit hokey but enjoyable. Then I was lent this later version and could hardly believe it was the same opera, it's that much better. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Mrs Bruna
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