What Would Jesus Spend $7 To See?

Saturday, February 28th, 2004 • 2 Comments on What Would Jesus Spend $7 To See?

I haven’t seen these two movies, so I can’t argue the artistic merit or social value of either, but here is an interesting comparison:

The Gospel of John
A three-hour epic about the life of Jesus as recounted through his disciple John.

U.S. Release Date: September 26, 2003
Limited theatrical release
Gross Earnings: 3.86 Million

The Passion of the Christ
A two-hour movie recounting the last twelve hours of Jesus’s life.

U.S. Release Date: February 25, 2004
Wide theatrical release
Gross Earnings (as of February 28): 64 Million

Can someone explain to me why Jesus’s death is so much more fascinating and worthy of media attention than Jesus’s life?  Is it that violence and torture are more entertaining?  Is it that Mel Gibson knows how to promote a film?  Is it something else a simple heathen girl like me just wouldn’t understand?

Posted by Kristina in Musings
  • Rose says:

    I don’t know why either, but count me in the latter group. I want to go see the Passion of Christ. Wanna come with me when I go?

  • Kristina says:

    Nope. grin  To me, movies are entertainment.  Human suffering is not entertainment.  Maybe someday I’ll rent The Gospel of John and The Passion and do a compare/contrast.  Until then, I’ll stick with “Lethal Weapon” if I want to see a Mel Gibson flick.

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