26 February 2004
Surges of Passion
No, I didn't go see Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ yesterday. As a general rule, I don't see anything the day it debuts, especially if there's a lot of buzz, and Passion, I suspect, now owns the world record for buzz.
Besides that buzz, there were plenty of church groups here who booked entire screenings the Wednesday-evening service is de rigueur for many congregations which means that even had I been inclined to go look for a seat after a ten-hour work day, I probably wouldn't have found one.
Still, it's a film I'll have to see at some point. Meanwhile, the first-night crowd seemed to respond with a combination of shock and awe, which strikes me as a good sign.