Götterkrauthammerung

It's never to late to try to knock a defiant man down for Charles Krauthammer. In a Washington Post article he criticizes The Passion of the Christ for, get this, being anti-Semitic.

Enough already.

Krauthammer says:

Which is what makes Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" such a singular act of interreligious aggression. He openly rejects the Vatican II teaching and, using every possible technique of cinematic exaggeration, gives us the pre-Vatican II story of the villainous Jews.

The points in the movie during which Krauthammer must have been seething with anger show only that Caiaphas and some of his cohorts were truly malicious. A mob can be mobilized for anything, and though that does not make it acceptable, the clear villains are few in number.

The movie also takes great, great pains to show the bloodthirsty Roman soldiers enjoying their tasks of flogging and crucifying Jesus. Should Monica Bellucci protest? Krauthammer mentions that scene with special disgust, noting that it is a large part of the film but a small part of the original story. Charles, here's a secret: Mel Gibson likes to make bloody movies. There wouldn't be enough blood in the film without that scene. And, in case you didn't notice, it's the Romans who participate.

Less relevantly, I enjoyed the performance of Bulgarian actor Hristo Shopov as Pontius Pilate, particularly given that the last actor I remember in that role is David Bowie.

EDIT: Fixed Bowie link.

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