The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)- Martin Scorsese
Verdict: Try it.
While extremely controversial, there’s one thing everyone can say about Scorsese’s, Dafoe’s, and Kazantzakis’s Jesus: He acts like a real human being. Maybe too much so for mainstream church doctrine, but that’s why the film begins with a few important lines of text which explain that (a) this is a fictional account of Jesus life (i.e. it’s not meant to be the Gospel truth) and (b) this is one man’s attempt to deal with the practicalities of a theological issue that has haunted him for his entire life: what does it mean for Jesus of Nazareth to be both fully human and fully divine (day in and day out)? What proceeds is an honest attempt to depict what that might look like. Will being reminded of these sentences make everyone happy? Not a chance, but I would recommend this film to anyone, regardless of religious affiliation. It’s a powerful depiction of Jesus that makes people seriously consider his claims. It made me reconsider his claims again—maybe even more fullly than I previously had.
QOL: human, meaning and truth, religion