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5.0 out of 5 stars Listen to the commentary - much revealed, May 28, 2004
This review is from: The Last Temptation of Christ (The Criterion Collection) (DVD)
First of all, this area is SUPPOSED to be for reviews of this movie, not dire warnings of damnation if one watches it. It is JUST a movie....something tells me Jesus and his believers can survive it. Please don't turn this forum into a religious debate.
I think anyone who purchases this DVD edition of the film should definitely go back and listen to the director/actor/screenwriter commentary included with the film. In it, Marty and the screenwriter explain why they used the actors they did, and why they used today's vernacular. They had the characters speak this way so that the viewer is more aware that the players in the New Testament WERE human, just like us. Marty believed that the stilted English of the King James Court, with its "thou's" and "ye's" (and having absolutely NO relation to the way people spoke at the time) serves to distance modern viewers from the pain and doubt that both Jesus has his followers underwent.
Marty also was desperate to counter the prevalent depiction of Jesus in film that has him 100% "divine", with a golden light shining behind his head, with the divine little smile and the gentle words. He wanted to use the idea in the Bible that Jesus was also fully human, subject to both physical AND mental anguish. The latter is the point that Gibson missed in his film. Anyone who has ever lost a child or had to make an agonizing decision knows that mental anguish can be as painful as any physical torment. This movie is about the true temptation Jesus underwent, to deny God and run away from his destiny. All of us can identify with that.
I find this Jesus far more compelling than the Jesus I grew up with in Sunday school. This Jesus is not perfect. He hurts and has soubts and depressions like I do. And yet he gives his body and mind to God in the end.
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Initial post: Dec 18, 2010 10:58:57 AM PST
watchman says:
a lot of people call this heresy and think watching it will curse you, but i can't help agreeing with you about the mental torture. He was being tempted in the wilderness 40 days and nights. people want you to think in all that time he was only being tempted to turn stones into bread and jump from high places. i believe He was tempted in all manner of mental issues including sexual and other issues. how could Jesus relate to any one of us unless He was tempted the same ways we are?

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In reply to an earlier post on Aug 29, 2013 10:24:16 AM PDT
Chris Cox says:
as far i am concerned the entire religious right is mentally/morlly/politically and socially ill. they think this country "belongs" to them..no it does not..not by a long-shot!

Posted on Sep 29, 2013 6:30:26 AM PDT
S. Raffield says:
I couldn't agree with you more.

As a film, it's wonderful, but as an EXPERIENCE, The Last Temptation has no equal.

You're right. Mel Gibson completely missed the point by focusing only on the physical anguish.

Nobody can identify with being the Messiah, but EVERYONE can identify with wanting to forsake responsibility for a peaceful life.
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