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7/01/2004


Fahrenheit 9/11 vs The Passion of the Christ

Jeff over at beautiful atrocities pieces together reviews of F-9/11 and TPOTC. Here is a small taste. Now go read the rest.

    A.O. Scott, New York Times:
    F9/11: Mr. Moore's populist instincts have never been sharper...he is a credit to the republic.

    Passion: Gibson has exploited the popular appetite for terror and gore for what he and his allies see as a higher end.

    Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune:
    F9/11: Received both the first prize and the longest continuous standing ovation in the history of the Cannes Film Festival and it wasn't because of some cliched French antipathy to America.

    Passion: Lacks artistic and even spiritual balance.

    William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
    F9/11: A masterful job of ridiculing the personality, intellect and employment resumé of George W. Bush ... could well become the docu-equivalent of "The Passion of the Christ" and even affect the presidential election.

    Passion: Despite Gibson's claim that he's finally telling "the true story," his movie strikes me as less faithful to the Gospels than the earlier Christ movies. Crammed full of scenes and dialogue and minor characters that he's completely made up.

    Jami Bernard, NY Daily News:
    F9/11: I was in tears after first seeing "Fahrenheit" at Cannes.

    Passion: The most virulently anti-Semitic movie made since the German propaganda films of World War II.

    Ty Burr, Boston Globe
    F9/11: Should be seen because it takes off the gloves and wades into the fray, because it synthesizes the anti-Bush argument like no other work before it, and because it forces you to decide for yourself exactly where passion starts to warp point of view.

    Passion: If you come seeking theological subtlety, let alone such modern inventions as psychological depth, you'll walk away battered and empty-handed

    David Edelstein, Slate:
    F9/11: After the screening, a friend railed that Moore was exploiting a mother's grief. I suggested that the scene made moral sense in the context of the director's universe, that the exploitation is justified if it saves the lives of other mothers' sons.

    Passion: A two-hour-and-six-minute snuff movie—The Jesus Chainsaw Massacre—that thinks it's an act of faith.

posted by: Brian Scott


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