The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

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.

Posted at 7:26 AM to Immaterial Witness

I'm looking forward to catching it this weekend, sitting in a packed theater, having the movie start--then counting the number of people who get up and leave after the first 15 minutes, when it dawns on them that they'll have to read subtitles for the next two hours.

Posted by: CT at 9:22 AM on 26 February 2004

I've tried desperately not to follow the hype on this movie - I abhor hype about anything - there are two hours of subtitles???

Posted by: Vickie at 2:32 PM on 26 February 2004

It's true. The dialogue is generally in Aramaic, switching to Latin in the scenes with the Romans.

Posted by: CGHill at 3:04 PM on 26 February 2004