If you’ve followed any movie news in the past few months, you’ve probably heard at least some report of the controversy brewing around Mel Gibson’s latest film, The Passion of the Christ. Harry Knowles over at AICN recently screened the film at his annual 24-hour “Butt-Numb-A-Thon.”
Personally, I find it delightful that the first public screening (that is, not for critics or members of religious interests groups) of a film chronicling the last hours of Jesus Christ’s life be shown alongside zombie and werewolf films, South Korean psychological thrillers, and… “The Return of the King” (those bastards!).
I must admit some trepidation on my part concerning the film. I do want to see it, but I know that I’m going to go into the film with a lot of baggage, having been a Christian for 90% of my life (and a struggling one for most of that). I wonder what It’ll be like, to see the central image of the faith that’s been such a part of my life depicted in such a manner on the big screen. I wonder what sort of impact it will have on me.