The Passion: A Review

The Passion of the Christ is a film that has a lot of controversy surrounding it for a long time. I’ve been along for this ride since the rumors of its existence oh so long ago. I’ve been captivated by the way this movie was conceived and made completely outside of the Hollywood system. To me Mel Gibson has shown a real passion for his religion and his devotion to Christ by embarking on the journey of making this film and that in itself should be recognized and hailed as an act of true dedication…

I’m not going to discuss any of the plot points of this film for you either know this story or you don’t. There is not any new ground in terms of story here. I found this film to be deeply moving. As a Catholic I am familiar with this story all to well. I hear it every Easter Sunday as the Priest reads it from the Gospel. It was amazing to see this story fleshed out right before my very eyes to see what was happening to hear the words spoken at the time. To me this movie made me feel like I was right along with Him. Like had I been alive during all of this, this is what I would have seen. The way the violence was represented I feel was accurate. I feel without a doubt that what was seen in this movie was what the people who witnessed this act saw.

There was not much dialog when compared to your average movie of today. Monica Bellucci does not really have any lines in the movie but she is in the entire film. There is a lot of non-dialog acting in this movie and to me its well done. The actors effectively convey their emotions and feelings without having to say anything at all. I came as close to crying during the Passion then any other movie I’ve seen. Yes more then Return of the King and even Kill Bill and not only did this happen once but a total of about 4 times for me. It really hit me emotionally like no other film I’ve ever seen.I feel very strongly about this movie and I think everyone should see it. Not because it is good but because its a film that everyone will take something away from it differently. Many will feel the same as I do, others will maybe become more spiritual, and others will probably not like it but understand what is being told. The film is not Anti-Semitic in anyway. For anyone that says this film is anti-Semitic is more or less saying the Bible is anti-Semitic because the story told is the same story in the Bible. So I’m not buying those claims by those who have not even seen it and say that it is anti-Semitic. I think the people who will come away from it with the most are people who have some sort of religion in their life. People who are not necessarily devout but know enough about their religions and can say, “Hey I’m…(Fill your religion in here)” proudly. I think Jews, Muslims, and Christians alike will all be moved by this film and enjoy it. It is the people who do not have a religion or have shunned their religion that I am unsure of how they will enjoy this film. I am curious to how those people will react after seeing it.

So in the end I think you all should see the movie whether you are Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Atheist, or a religion doubter. Even if you hate it you still will have gotten a look at what us Christians believe in and why it is such a corner stone of our faith. You’ll also understand why Easter is the holiest day of the year to us and that it really isn’t about the Easter Bunny. I’d also like to ask that If you did not enjoy the movie to not trivialize what you have seen. The story being told is a very big deal to a lot of people and you could end up hurting someone by doing so. Be critical of the film by all means but just don’t trivialize what story is being told.

With that I will leave you, and you can expect your normal SeanPiotrowski.net posts starting with the next post. I realize this post has a very unusual serious tone to it but you have to understand that this was something that hit home with me and I feel very Passionate about it…

I’d like to hear all of your thoughts on the film and what I have had to say, so please comment for I am really curious to what others have to say about this…

Till next time…”Amen…”