Two religious leaders in my life have said the following, which I’ve taken to heart: the Biblical Jesus in context was punk rock; and Jesus was 100% God and 100% Man, and not schizophrenic. The film nails the former. But for the latter, which is a critical, foundational illogic only assumed by Faith, the film fails miserably... yet this failure reveals its message of the work needed to accept Divinity.
Satisfying human alternative version of Jesus Christ that dare show Jesus as a person with his own sexual drive force getting tempted by Satan with a dream of a family. Willem Dafoe is fantastic in the title role and Harvey Keitel is a great misjudged Judas. Great music from Peter Gabriel. Why doesn't this film get to be mentioned together with Martin Scorsese's great gangster epics?
A glassy interpretation feeling rather ‘mid-sentence’ with much attempted theology, which tries hard but is either flattened by boring piety or occasionally overwhelmed by the Director’s penchant for violent detail. Perhaps too broad in canvas and not sufficiently pinpointed to engage let alone convey complex ideas. NYC vernacular and synthesised soundtrack provide idiosyncrasy but don’t aid matters.
This is the third time I watched this movie. THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST is my favorite movie from director Martin Scorsese. I think this is his underrated masterpiece. At first viewing, I just felt this movie is merely a great movie. At second viewing, I began to notice something that I missed from the first viewing. At third viewing, I felt this isn't an ordinary movie. It's a spiritual journey. It's wonderful...
"The astonishing controversy that has raged around this film is primarily the work of fundamentalists who have their own view of Christ and are offended by a film that they feel questions his divinity. But in the father's house are many mansions, and there is more than one way to consider the story of Christ--why else are there four Gospels?"-Roger Ebert. A sincere exploration of faith/doubt by a gifted film artist.
This film was very much a passion project for Scorsese and that shows. You can feel his passion for the source material in almost every frame of it. This film for years was stuck in some sort of development hell and it's honestly a miracle that he ever managed to get it made. It is a little ruff around the edges and if it wasn't for Scorsese's raw talent and passion for the material this film would be unwatchable.