Well, right not all I have in my mind is the Passion of the Christ. I saw this movie last night and I have very mixed feelings about it. Growing up Catholic made me learn a lot about religion, add to that going to a Catholic high school and you have quite a bit of knowledge. When I moved to the US I did not attend church as often as I did back in Colombia, and I entered an exploration stage. I visited several Protestant churches and was actually impressed by a lot of them. At the moment I am not overly religious and I now consider myself a Christian first and a Catholic second.
That said I think that the movie was a bit too much. Even though I understand that it is important to illustrate the brutality of crucifixion as well as the torture Jesus went through. I think the movie goes to far to illustrate the gore. I did like that the movie stayed true to scripture and thought the casting was excellent. The movie worked with subtitles, and I think the cinematography of it was beautiful. Now I could have done with a lot of the gore, which in order to my brain to accept I had to look at is as it is just Hollywood and special effects. I think I would have not been able to handle it otherwise. In films, a lot of the most powerful scenes never actually show brutality but kind of suggest it. Alfred Hitchcock did it on Psycho and even on Scarface you never see the guy actually using the chainsaw but I think we all agree that the message was there. I wish that the movie would’ve used a little more of this method; I do not think it was necessary to depict flesh being ripped off of Jesus body. I know I am a little late with all of this, but I just watched the movie yesterday and it did really move me.
I did not want to make this entry about just the movie but I guess it did have a strong impact in me, so lets leave it at that.
**Update** if you have a chance, listen to this.
A Historical Look at Crucifixion