Jesus is the ultimate Scorsese protagonist; he is bound by rules and burdened by guilt. Like in most of Scorsese's movies, the finale packs an intense punch. Scorsese's Jesus is Travis Bickle armed not with a gun but with an olive branch. Plus the film is beautifully shot and staged; phantasmagorical. Though it's a bit long, and the accents are distracting these hardly detract from this masterpiece.