Monday, April 18, 2011

Jesus Christ Superstar

It's the Holy Week again, meaning we'll be seeing the movie version of Jesus Christ Superstar on TV again. Which is kinda weird. JCS doesn't really promote the canonical image of Jesus. JCS is the Passion of Christ seen through the eyes of Judas Iscariot, who shows us a more human Jesus, a messiah who is actually flesh and blood and who isn't a god disguising as a man. Judas here is a sympathetic character, for one thing. He's just a dude who is basically good but who thought up a bad idea. And if you listen really hard you'll discover that Jesus isn't sure if he really is God made flesh or if he's just deluding himself. By not including the Resurrection, JCS paints Jesus' sacrifice more poignantly. He is a human messiah who, suspecting that his death will be permanent, goes through with the show anyway. This is unarguably a more complex look at the traditional story of Christ. And the songs are damn good too. So, yeah, go watch it.

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