The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)- Martin Scorsese
The Last Temptation of Christ was recommended to me over and over again. At the same time, I was really nervous about watching one the most controversial religious films ever made. When I did, I was surprised I found one of the best.
I’m an atheist, but when I finally got around to watching the movie for the first time several years ago I found it an excellent film. I recall all the “controversy” surrounding the picture when it was originally released back in the 1980s, and how so many christians boycotted the movie then, but if anything, “The Last Temptation of Christ” demonstrates just how much this mythological figure supposedly sacrificed for the sake of “saving” mankind.
Similarly, when I read Milton’s Paradise Lost I couldn’t help but think christians should finally just ditch their bible in favor of this novel; it tells the same basic myth, but so much more concisely, and better written.
Thanks for the comment Psilomelane. I think you hit the nail on the head about “The Last Temptation”. I think it’s the most realistic and likely depiction of what Jesus would have been like as well. It was also great to see some real motivations behind all of the characters. It just felt so much more believable to me. It wasn’t the stage director shouting at you, “Ok guys, now lets put on the the make up and turn on on the stage lights. It’s time for the sermon on the mount,” like my one friend put it. “The Gospel According to Saint Matthew” has also been recommended to me. Have you seen it? I’d be interested in your thoughts on it if so.
I haven’t read Either of Milton’s Paradise poems yet. They are on my list of things to read. Thanks for the recommendation. You make Paradise Lost sound like I should move it closer to the top of my list.