The Last Temptation of Christ Reviews
Willem Dafoe plays the unlikely messiah tormented by voices and traditions in a tale that takes liberties with legend and fiction alike in favour of psychology.
Dafoe's Jesus is a tragi-hero of Shakespearean proportions and Scorsese's challenging, creative film is perhaps the only of its subgenre to ask the gut-punching question, 'what if it all went wrong?'
At almost three hours, it's a real epic but it's certainly tedious at times- there were at least two moments when I thought the movie was about to end and then it just... kept on going. It also jumps between fascinating highs and dull moments, leaving you feeling almost jet-lagged at times.
As a result of all of this, this one was never going to go beyond the realms of developing a cult following. However, there's more than enough for such a following to dig into- from brilliant, brooding, hallucinatory scenes to epic crescendos. Mix with that, the film's unfriendly portrayal of, well, just about everyone involved, and you'll see that it's easily the least-conventional Biblical interpretation that you are ever likely to find.
Honestly, this is kind of like 'Piss Christ' in movie form- I'll let you decide whether that makes it great or terrible.
It's a fascinating film but you may find yourself staying with it out of sheer curiosity and for its spectacle rather than because you're genuinely engaged and having a good time. A mixed bag but still everything that you'd want from a film where WILLEM DAFOE IS JESUS (that really is the most important thing, everyone).
WILLEM DAFOE IS JESUS.