by Jennifer Bowman
I finally got to see The Passion of the Christ on Sunday night. After reading criticism after criticism, review after review, and interview after interview, I went to go see it myself.
It was a beautifully written script. Since I'm taking Latin, I actually recognized some of the Armenian words. The characters themselves were brilliant. All in all, it was a good movie that came from a good story.
But wait, that isn't all, is it? No. We must create a controversy over anything that has to do with Christianity in this country. This time those powerful media moguls claimed that Mel Gibson is anti-Semitic, something that seems absolutely ridiculous to me. The story is a perfect blend of how it's written in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John - a true story. Also, Jesus Himself was a Jew, and the entire story revolves around him. Not to mention the fact that since Jesus is the Son of God, it is highly revolting to blame each other over the debate of who killed Jesus. We all did. If we did not sin, He would not have had a purpose to come down and die on the cross to save us.
Also, people forget that the most important part of the story is the fact that Jesus rose again. If He hadn't, He wouldn't have been the Son of God, and there'd be no point in even telling the story, would there?
However, people are still picking on Mel Gibson. Once the critics actually saw the movie, they stopped claiming anti-Semitism, and went on to whine about violence.
They are right, though. The Passion of the Christ is one of the most violent films ever made. It rightfully received it's "R" rating. I would not recommend taking children under 12 to see the film, or anyone who gets emotionally disturbed easily. However, it was probably mild compared to what Jesus really had to go through.
I really, really applaud Mr. Gibson for all the effort he put into this film and all the terrible insults he had to endure just because he stood up for his faith. It's such a cinematic masterpiece. The casting director found the most perfect people for the roles, the setting was magnificent, and did I mention the story? Yes, only a real story could be that moving. And I didn't see one advertisement. Mel Gibson spent his own money making a movie about the death and suffering of Jesus Christ.
I just hope he puts out the sequel.