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While this does have some very beautiful and striking imagery and a strong performance by Caviezel, the depictions of the Jews and Romans become almost comical in their stereotypical wickedness and savagery (respectively). By the end of the film that seems to become the focal point of the film instead of the intended message of the power behind Christ's sacrifice. Ironically, the most beautiful of the aforementioned beautiful and striking imagery tends to be most of the shots that feature a pale, androgynous Satan overlooking the events. This is a film that is too long for its own good. When you have four nearly identical shots of Maia Morenstern looking up at the camera slowly, and three nearly identical slow motion shots of Jesus falling down while carrying his cross, and countless nearly identical shots of Jim Caviezel opening his bloody mouth in agony, then you know you need to spend just a little bit more time in the editing room.
I originally had a completely different review for this, but it wouldn't post to Facebook, and my opinion has changed a bit since watching this last night. While the tone is all over the place, and it could've been cut down by a good 30 minutes or so, this is a very entertaining and quite funny film. Some of the humor didn't quite work for me because it felt forced at times (mainly in the first 30 minutes or so). Performances are adequate throughout, with Melissa McCarthy and Chris O'Dowd being the standouts. My expectations were way off based on the hype and comparisons to some other movie, but that turned out to be a good thing.
What a wonderful film this is. As I've been doing with films lately, I went into this with no idea about the plot. All I knew is that it was a Woody Allen film. What I didn't know is that its one of his best, and most charming films. I seriously had a smile on my face for most of the film, and everyone knows I hate to smile. This is the sort of film you'd put on if you're ever in a bad mood and want to be cheered up. I'm not much of an Owen Wilson fan, but he was great in this, and really nailed the typical Woody Allen persona. I did see the very end coming based on one particular, throwaway scene, but that's not really a knock against the film. I'm just very good at the sort of thing. And I loved the shout out to the great Luis Bunuel film "The Exterminating Angel." Highly, highly recommendable to everyone.
"This was just AWFUL! Shot in boring black and white. No dialogue. And it wasn't even in 3D!!!"
Translation = This is a phenomenal film. Fun, incredibly charming, and even quite moving in parts; this is a film that must be seen by anyone who truly loves filmmaking and its history. The performances are stellar, especially the two lead actors (Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo), and Michel Hazanavicius's direction is astounding. Especially when you consider what a risky and ballsy move making this type of film was in this day and age. And the dog should've been nominated for Best Supporting Actor instead of Jonah Hill.