Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Evoking new heights of passion

The Beautiful Atrocities blog has an amusing collection of quotes juxtaposing assorted film critics on The Passion and the latest Moore movie. Apparently propaganda is in the eye of the beholder. Or, populism is bad unless it agrees with you. Or, it all depends on your religion. Well, I suppose these critics are in the opinion business. Pity more of them don’t share the courage (or the elementary logic) of Mr. Hitchens. Thanks to Opinion Journal for the link.

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The Passion of the Christ, though, would’ve been a bad, over the top movie regardles of the political context in which it was made. The problem with it isn’t its message, but rather, its lack of one.

That, I think is why the reviews vary so widely. Not that film critics are rabid liberal Christain-haters, but that they are judging neither film on “truth” but on effectiveness in terms of getting their message across.

Answer me: what was Mel Gibson saying about Jesus?

Posted by The Other Joey on 30 Jun 04 at 07:05 AM

Well, most Christian believers I talked with think Mr. Gibson was saying that Jesus is the son of God who died for the sins of the world, and thus that each viewer has a responsibility to respond to that claim and address their own need for Christ. That is the message. It was a presentation of his interpretation of a critical element of his own faith. It is nothing new, and did not excessively distort what Christians have always believed. It strikes me that it got its message across reasonably well, particularly if one is familiar with the Christian (and specifically Catholic) iconic tradition. It has never been a very palatable message.

Posted by editor on 30 Jun 04 at 09:07 AM

Well, that message struck me as so obvious to its intended audience that it couldn’t really be the point, just like the opinion that Bush is an awful president wasn’t the real point of Fahrenheit 9/11.

Although, I have reconsided my opinion of the film critics take on these films. 

They ought to include on that site some negative reviews from liberals of Fahrenheit 9/11 and positive ones from liberals of the Passion. I know they exist, as I have read them. Of course, seeing as that would contradict their point, it makes sense that they didn’t. What’s propaganda, now?

Posted by The Other Joey on 30 Jun 04 at 06:59 PM

Then what was the ‘real’ point of F 9-11? To give both films some credit, I think they are both about what they say they are about. Speaking of Orwell,

“To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle.” - George Orwell

“If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.” - George Orwell

and the one I was actually looking for:

“Sometimes the first duty of intelligent men is the restatement of the obvious.” -George Orwell

Posted by editor on 01 Jul 04 at 10:59 AM
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