Matthew Paul Turner, on the new Jesus movie.
Without having seen it, I tend to agree. The Jesus movies I’ve seen in the past tend to feel cheap, silly, or overly self-important, none of which is a good attribute for a movie about God incarnate.
I suppose “The Passion” is an exception to that rule, but it mainly feels like a punch to the gut with precious little hope or understanding of Jesus’ ultimate triumph. And it’s not something I’d use as an evangelistic tool, to put it mildly.
Have any of you seen this new Jesus flick? What did you think? And what are your thoughts on putting Jesus on the silver screen in general?
I’ve been hesitant to watch Son of God and any other movie about Jesus because they do, indeed, seem “overly self-important” (and being a religious studies major doesn’t help). However, I’ve heard that Martin Scorsese’s The Last Temptation of Christ takes a more understated and humble approach in its representation.
Movies about Jesus can be problematic, but I think it could be done well. If I was to take on the venture, I would tell the story from the perspective of each of the gospels and possibly include the Gnostic gospels. A single synthesis of the first four gospels isn’t very realistic (if realism is what you’re going for). But if abstraction is what you’re going for, then I’d think that Terrence Malick should direct the next one.