A friend of mine went to see another movie which was sold out . . . so she saw the Passion. She said that it was one of the single worst movies she has ever experienced . . . .she said that whatever inclination towards Christianity she had before the movie she has NONE afterwards!
She said that it was so unnecessarily brutal and violent that it actually became FUNNY and that whe couldn't help laughing by late in the film.
She said that it was obviouse that 'This Gibson guy' was screwed up psychologically, that the film was seriously Sado/masochistic and had no value in any spiritual sense
She described scenes that were incredibly gratuitous: such as, when all the beatings, in slow motion, were done with and the cross was being put up . . . it slips and falls face down on the ground . . .
. . . I don't get it? what sort of pleasure does Gibson get from brutalizing the image of Jesus . . . because that's what it sounds like . . . he is getting pleasure, in some sort of repressed way, out of attacking the image of Jesus . . . there seems to be no sorrow in it but rather some sort of pleasure . . . getting his kicks out of beating Jesus.
She also said that it was not made well and reminded her of a low budget slasher film
She described a scene where there are two people at teh base of the cross: one fellow starts to feel remorse but the other fellow is laughing . . then all of a sudden a crow flies down and plucks out the eyes of the laughing fellow!
- - I have to agree with her that that sounds absurdly stupid and simplistic . . . but that's just me . .
She hadn't followed any of the hoopla at all but seemed to know a little of the complaits about the movie . . . but, she said that it was undoubtably and obviously anti-Semitic . .. in so many ways that she couldn't believe it . . . in its characterizations and in its general tenor as well as the way it pitted the 'throngs' of Middle-eastern looking mobs against the gentle Roman and teh European looking esus and his gang . . .
Anyway . . . she seemed to think that the film was unbelievably bad and would NOT act as a recruitment for Christians at all because it revealed some sick and twisted psychology that was not at all spiritual or graceful.
She told me that the only way that I would ever be able to sit through the movie would be to rent it and make some kind of game out of it: like maybe a drink everytime that he hits the floor in SLOW MOTION . .. or iis beat senselessly . . .