Mary Magdalene

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Mary Magdalene has obvious reverence for its subject; unfortunately, it lacks enough momentum or depth of character to make her story interesting.

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Set in the Holy Land in the first century C.E., a young woman leaves her small fishing village and traditional family behind to join a radical new social movement. At its head is a charismatic leader, Jesus of Nazareth, who promises that the world is changing. Mary is searching for a new way of living, and an authenticity that is denied her by the rigid hierarchies of the day. As the notoriety of the group spread and more are drawn to follow Jesus' inspirational message, Mary's spiritual journey places her at the heart of a story that will lead to the capital city of Jerusalem, where she must confront the reality of Jesus' destiny and her own place within it.

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  • Apr 12, 2020
    Mary Magdalene is feminist reinterpretation of the Gospel story through the eyes of Mary Magdalene. Rebelling against her family, a young woman from Magdala becomes a follower of a revolutionary rabbi named Jesus and forms a unique bond with him. Starring Rooney Mara, Joaquin Phoenix, and Chiwetel Ejiofor, the film has a strong cast that gives some impressive performances (especially Mara). Drawing from the 2016 Apostle of Apostles Vatican decree, Mary is depicted as a 13th apostle who sees Jesus' vision clearer than the others. And, there are clear Gnostic influences in how Jesus' teachings are interpreted. Still, the storytelling is remarkably well-done, as are the sets and costumes. It's not the traditional Gospel telling and is a little theologically suspect, yet Mary Magdalene is a compelling character drama that presents an interesting vision of this immortal tale.
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  • Sep 13, 2018
    For a film about Mary Magdalene, there is sadly too much here about Jesus Christ and "God's design" and not enough about herself, as she becomes little more than a passive spectator in a story that poorly tries to depict life as a woman in such a strongly patriarchal society.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer

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