Quite a few of the movies hitting theaters recently have been inspired by the Bible (Noah, Son of God, Heaven is For Real and 3 Days To Kill), and in anticipation for Easter, Netflix has added some faith-based films.  In capitalizing off of Easter, Netflix appears to be taking its cues (or queues) from the candy industry.  It’s hard to know which of these biblically inspired movies is worth a peak and which are as worthless as a Peep.

That is why I am here to recommend the controversial 1988 film The Last Temptation of Christ, directed by Martin Scorsese. Based upon the also controversial novel of the same name, the film depicts Jesus Christ (played by Willem Dafoe, who would later reprise the role in Born on the Fourth of July) questioning his faith, rejecting his duty as messiah and engaging in sexual acts. 

The film’s screenwriter is Paul Schrader, who is most famous for writing another Scorsese film, Taxi Driver. This explains why after coming down from the cross and choosing not to be crucified, Jesus takes Mary Magdalene to a pornographic film.

Though I’m not religious, I felt blessed after receiving my tax return. I’m not sure how much I got back because I haven’t opened the envelope. “How do you know that you got a tax return then?” you ask. Because my taxes came back with a “Return to Sender” stamp, obviously!

The reason I’m preaching about this film is that even though some Christians see this film as sacrilegious and blasphemous for portraying Jesus as human, it is probably the most relatable telling of Christ’s life.  As we see Jesus doubt his place in the universe, we see our own self-doubt.  Who hasn’t felt small in the face of conquering something bigger than us, even though we feel it is our life’s mission?  What’s the point of being created in God’s image (I’ve been told that I look like a “weird-looking Willem Dafoe”) if we’re imperfect?  In the Last Temptation of Christ, Jesus’ passion becomes ours.



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