Just Saw "Risen"- "OMG" Is Right!
I decided this couldn't wait to blog about till Easter, especially as it probably won't still be in theaters then, sadly.
"OMG" is actually rather accurate to describe the pivotal scene in this movie, which is so quietly amazing:
I really liked it. Will get a DVD copy of it, even. And I like this about it especially:
"What we're seeing from [test-screening audiences of] non-Christians and those who do not regularly attend church is that they do not feel preached to. They don't feel kind of hit over the head with Jesus or the Bible..."I know it goes "off-script," as a friend of mine said, but then again, it doesn't bill itself as wholly based on the New Testament so I have no problem with the "embellishments." Who's to say it couldn't have happened this way? There were many traditions in those days of the early Catholic Church that weren't written down in what became the accepted canon scriptures of the NT.
And there were some genuine laugh-out-loud funny moments, which surprised me greatly but even though they seemed a bit too "Modern-ese", I supposed it humanized the apostles and other characters for me, that they could actually have senses of humor. Well, why not, I suppose?
I remember thinking, at the end of "The Passion of The Christ" movie, many years ago, that I really wanted to see what comes next, feeling the resurrection scene was good but left me in too great an anticipation. But then, that's why Mel Gibson called it just "The Passion" not "The Passion and the Resurrection and The Ascension of Christ."
So go see Risen"; there's probably even a late showing in your area tonight, around 9ish somewhere!
HT to Adrian Warnock at Patheos, which is where I think I first learned of this movie.
A surprisingly knowledgeable Christian review is found here, at "Answers in Genesis."
And I just happened upon another upcoming Biblical film, "The Young Messiah," based on Anne Rice's book, "Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt", which I have not read. Trailer for that is here, and it's due in theaters March 11, two weeks before Easter.
Boy, we've come a long way from "The Robe," which I remember liking, as a kid, but looks (and sounds) pretty corny now.
While we're on the subject of Biblical movies and books, I can't recommend highly enough the book, "Two From Galilee" by Marjorie Holmes. Tremendous historical-fiction, but she did her homework about that time period, and the thoughts and feelings of Joseph throughout, as well as the Immaculate Conception and the actual birth of Jesus, are amazing.