The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)


“What’s good for man isn’t good for God! ” – Judas

Number of Times Seen – 1 (23 Aug 2018)

Brief Synopsis – As Jesus of Nazareth tries to come to terms with his path in life, he continues to struggle with the choices he must make.

My Take on it – This is a film that I have always shied away from and had very little interest in ever seeing because I had never heard many good things about it.

As I’m trying to watch all of the Oscar Nominated films for Director, I came across this film that has the rare distinction of only getting one Oscar nomination and that for Best Director for Martin Scorsese.

The story itself is pretty drawn out and it tries much too hard to be too philosophical for its own good which hampers any kind of impact that it could have.

The pacing is super slow and things get pretty boring along the way.

Willem Dafoe is horribly miscast in the lead and doesn’t manage to show the right amount of charisma that his character should have which also takes away so much from the effectiveness of the story.

The premise of this film is actually quite interesting yet it isn’t presented very well even by someone as masterful as Scorsese is.

I can definitely understand how the Academy would choose to give him a nomination for Directing this film but the narrative just sin’t interesting enough to really care about what is happening.

Bottom Line – Drawn-out somewhat boring story that tries to be too philosophical for its own good. DaFoe seems very miscast in the lead and doesn’t manage to give off the charisma that his character should naturally have.  The premise is actually a sound one, but it just isn’t presented very well even by a master like Scorsese.  I can understand how Scorsese could get a Best Director Oscar Nomination (its only nomination) for this film but overall, this wasn’t enjoyable to watch at all.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The script for this film sat in the office of Martin Scorsese’s lawyer for at least five years prior to being made. Although Scorsese thought the film could be brilliant, he was concerned how the public might respond to the finished film. His lawyer agreed the script was brilliant and very “brave”, but advised against making the movie, because he did not think moviegoers were ready for such a story. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)

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