Movies, books, music and TV

“The Gospel of John” – A Movie Review

The Last Supper
Image via Wikipedia

Philip Saville’s The Gospel of John (2003) believes in what Jesus is doing, in His mission.  Heretical it ain’t.  It’s reverent–and, for the most part, sensibly done.

Why, it even obeys all but one of critic Dwight MacDonald’s rules of success for biblical films, propounded in 1965.  One of these rules is Use the original script.  Another is The story of Jesus should be told with reverence for the text in the New Testament . . . but with irreverence for the sensibilities of contemporary religious groups–Buddhist, Moslem, Taoist, Catholic or Jewish.”  Hear, hear!  That’s The Gospel of John all over!

Henry Ian Cusick enacts Jesus Christ with necessary charisma and aplomb.  He’s very good, just as he was on the TV series “Lost.”  There is much in Saville’s directing that is very good too, as witness the Cana wedding scene.  There, much to a servant’s quiet amazement, water becomes wine and a happy feast remains happy.  Jesus stands apart from the celebrants, whereas before he was sitting with them, and wears a serious look on his face, as though thinking of future events, such as the Atonement, more important than this one.  Also worthy is the shot-series where Mary, the sister of Martha, washes the Lord’s feet in ointment and dries them with her hair–a scene of intimacy not even interrupted by Jesus’ mild rebuke of Judas Iscariot.  I love the ending of the film, too, with Christ walking ahead of His disciples on the seashore, reminding the perplexed Peter to “Follow Me,” before the final shot of John occurs in a freeze frame.  Lovely.

Gospel moves with a proper rhythm, but, as in John’s account, there is a great deal of sermonizing by Jesus.  The movie is for those who understand or at least suspect there is genuine value in the evangel, or for those with an interest in the life of Jesus, or for those disciples of His who seek to be edified.  Many of them have been, I’m sure.


“Love and Other Drugs” and Hathaway in the Buff – A Movie Review


Give “Please Give” a Chance – Movie Review


  1. very good movie and informative, thanks for the post, keep sharing.

  2. Hello! Do you knlw if they make any plugins to safeguard against hackers?

    I’m kinda paranoid about losing everything I’ve wored hard
    on. Any suggestions?

    My blog … sleep disorder treatment in ayurveda (Corazon)

  3. Howdy! I understand this is kind of off-topic
    however I had to ask. Does operating a well-established blog such as yours reequire a large amount of work?
    I am completely new too writing a blog but I do write in my diary
    daily. I’d like to start a blog so I can easily share my
    personal experience and views online. Pleade let mme know if you
    have any kind of ideas or tips for brand neww aspiring blog owners.
    Appreciate it!

    Also visit my webpage – weight issues in youth

  4. I’m not that much of a internet reader to be honest but your blogs
    really nice, keep it up! I’ll go ahead and bookmark your website to
    come back later on. All the best

  5. I think what you published madee a ton of sense. However, what about this?

    suppose you added a ljttle information? I mean,
    I don’t want to tell you how to run your website,
    but what if you added a title to maybe grab folk’s attention? I
    mean ?The Gospel of John? – A Movie Review | The Hip Opinion is a little boring.
    You could peek att Yahoo’s front page annd watch how they create article titles to gra viewers to click.

    You might ttry adding a video or a pic or two to grab readers interested about everything’ve
    got to say. In my opinion, it would mmake your blog a little bit more interesting.

    Here is my web page – Alfa Vitamins

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Powered by WordPress & Theme by Anders Norén