Tuesday, March 29, 2016
TAKING ON A NEW IDENTITY - Donna Mann
I am still pondering the movie, ‘Risen’ after having seeing
it on Sunday afternoon. Christians might come to this movie from a different perspective
than someone from a different religion. When speaking with a person yesterday who is not
particularly interested in a faith discussion, I was not surprised to
hear that she was very impressed with the Roman tribune - even though the main
character in the old story in which the plot is historically planted is Jesus. Was this in the writer’s mind when writing the
script? Was it a way to invite the
viewer into the gentleness and loving touch of the Jesus of their life?
Hollywood is sometimes hard to figure out. What is the risk
and what is at stake in this plot if the tribune is the protagonist? And is
Jesus written in as a secondary character to hold the pieces together?
How does one who knows the old story from a particular perspective and looks for certain
parts of the story to shine, swallow Hollywood’s portrayal of Mary
Magdalene or Mary, mother of Jesus, or the rest of the disciples for that
matter. I’m not sure I liked the movie, but I am sure that there are probably
many like the tribune, who find themselves on the outside, looking into a
mystery that words cannot explain.
When I see a Hollywood-take on a Biblical story, I find
myself thankful for my
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