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Plot: Judea, 33 AD. Mary is a faithful young girl from the village of Magdala (close to Galilea Lake) unsure to follow the traditions and destiny reserved to the women, living only as wife and mother, in her wish to be free. After to reject a marriage proposal of Ephraim, a family friend, her brother… Runtime: 120 min Release Date: 23 Mar 2018
I am agnostic and this nearly made me have a come to Jesus moment (by aerystablue)
I do not believe in the bible or organized religion. I watched this movie because I love period movies and Joaquin Phoenix. It was so subtle. It did not beat you over the head with blood and pain like Passion of the Christ did. It showed Jesus conflicted, sad, angry, and scared. He somberly walked to his final days. He accepted a woman despite protests. Though the dialogue was sparse, I felt it more profoundly than any church sermon I have ever sat through. I was moved to sobs several times, especially in today's political climate. The acting was perfect, the scenery breath taking and it <more>
was beautifully quiet movie, definitely worth the watch.
Change yourself, and the world changes (by ThreeMoons)
Every scene in the movie, is seen through the perspective of Mary Magdalene. The ones who missed that, probably saw another film. Great casting and Ronney Mara´s best acting yet. Superb music, that made two hours seem like one. Amazing direction, which even surpasses that of "Lion" 2016 . For the first time ever for me at least , the audience did not leave the cinema until the end of the credits. I cried for nearly 120 minutes. There were different reasons for that: joy, sadness, inspiration, understanding and so forth. "Mary Magdalene" 2018 is truly a masterpiece and <more>
I can not recall, when something touched me in such a profound way.
A beautiful, heartfelt film. (by celestemartinross)
An amazing message that is conveyed beautifully. Watch from your heart not your head. Scenery lovely too.
A Subtle Masterpiece (by kai_neg)
Taking the most influential, taken apart, retold, sold, fabricated, used, abused and misunderstood man of the last 2018 years is no easy task. Simply because it really involves all of those things. However, I understand that that's the main reason this production happened. It's a story told a million times, and not told well enough.I have never seen so much effort into telling the story of Jesus in the most accurate way possible. The movie is filled with its historic background. From its pace to its cinematography. To me, that is the effect seen from much research. This team was not <more>
worried about pleasing this or that crowd as they were with what they found out and what they interpreted throughout the process. There's a great unity in this work, which is rare to find. This same outlook permeates the whole movie and the cast.It took guts to make something made so mystical over the years to be something human, possible, close. From being accurate on the cultural influence on everything that Jesus did or talked about to showing the almost zero impact he had on society of the time. To showing the simplicity of the traveling and eating of the group, to showing the big influence a woman had on the story that unfolded.An outstanding movie that captured the essence of Chistianity. Because of that, there's a big chance of it being forgotten, ignored and misinterpreted, just like the real story and the real characters.
A new narrative of the Nazarene and Magdalene. (by Pairic)
Mary Magdalene: Mary Rooney Mara is a fisherwoman, casting nets in the Sea of Galilee along with her sisters. She assists in a difficult birth, goes back to her fishing, sees a healer and his associates pass by, remarks that he must have little to do if he can preach every day. But Mary is also troubled, she doesn't want to be married off. Her erratic behaviour makes her family believe she is possessed and an exorcism is attempted. Later the healer Joaquin Phoenix comes to her and realises that she is not possessed.The healer is Jesus and later Mary goes to see him preach and heal. <more>
When he restores a blind man's sight he is overwhelmed by the demanding crowd. In the background, Peter Chiwetel Ejiofor baptises people in the sea. Against her family's wishes Mary becomes a follower of Jesus and is baptised by him. They go on to Cana where Jesus preaches to women and Mary baptises them and some become followers. Peter is none too happy at this usurpation of his role.This retelling of the Gospel stories is based on verses which suggest Mary was an Apostle and that other women were part of Jesus's broader following. In 2016 the Roman Catholic Church declared Mary was the Apostle of the Apostle and not a prostitute as the misogynist Pope Gregory had declared in 591.There isn't a suggestion of a sexual relationship between the Magdalene and Jesus in this film, rather that she was the Apostle he dearly loved. The other Apostles have different views of what the mission of Jesus will result in: Peter is a zealot who hopes that the presence of Jesus in Jerusalem will result in an uprising and the driving out of the Romans. Judas believes that the dead will rise in the new Kingdom and he will be reunited with his dead wife and child. Phoenix looks very much a Western Jesus but his worn countenance is that of an austere Essene. He foresees his own end, when he cures the afflicted or raises the dead he is physically and mentally drained. When he reaches the Temple he doesn't drive out the money-changers, instead he attacks the priests who are selling animals for sacrifice, Phoenix exudes righteous anger. Mara is quiet but intense, it is more difficult fora woman to take a leading role as an Apostle but Rooney convinces in this role.In particular cinematographer Greg Fraser makes great use of shadow and fires, the flames being reminiscent of how Jules Breton brought blazes to life in his paintings. The screenplay by Helen Edmundson and Philippa Goslett no crdits for Matthew Mark, Luke and John is revisionist in the best sense of the word. Garth Davis as director has put together a new narrative of the Nazarene and Magdalene which won't be to everyone's taste but even an agnostic can find it enthralling. 8.5/10.
Unexpectedly good film (by chocolatefox2-635-705665)
After seeing the reviews on this site I didn't have high expectations of this film. However it turned out to be an unexpectedly fine creation. The film captured the earthiness and ardour of every day life in first century Palestine. The scenery was hauntingly beautiful and although was clearly not filmed on location, it had that rocky and trackless quality that undoubtably existed at that time.The film follows the events leading up to holy week from the perspective of Mary Magdalen. As such, it adopts a moderately feminist theological position. However, this was sensitively done and never <more>
came across as a campaigning piece of filmmaking.The film skilfully explored the way in which the male disciples appeared to misunderstand what Jesus was about, thinking that He wish to establish a new kingdom through armed force. The script then imaginatively portrays Mary is bringing her feminist perspective to bear in understanding that Jesus wish to bring in a totally new way of ordering society based on peace.The special effects in the film was really excellent. Especially the way that first Century Jerusalem was recreated. CG I has really come on leaps and bounds since the days of the blockbuster film Titanic.There were a few grating anachronisms in the film. For example, Peter in the final scene refers to the church.But all in all, this is an excellent film. It's a Real pity that it is currently only showing in three London cinemas. Presumably the large cinema chains think that in the secular age people wont to be interested In a film with a religious thing.
Another interpretation of the myth. How anyone can complain about the way the actors look or the facts of the story is absurd. The Bibles stories were written 300 years after the death of Jesus and put together by a sexist Pope hundreds of years later. The point of a review is, how good is the movie? Is it amusing, sad or most importantly, is it entertaining. This is a bit slow in places, but unless you are very religious I think you will enjoy it. But keep in mind it's a work of fiction, all movies are, even the ones based on truth. Wake up people.
It is Our Responsibility to Save the World (by joythirstpop)
Great acting, great perspective, great story.It is strange that this idea could put a bad taste into someones mouth- that it is OUR responsibility to save the world - pretty much the opposite message of "sola fide" - the doctrine introduced by the Lutheran church that it is only through faith in the divinity of Jesus alone and not through works we achieve "salvation". Centuries of self-identified "Christians" with no real love of peace, truth or compassion at the helm of the West and look where it has gotten us... millions of Christians await Christ's return <more>
yet make no serious effort to live by Christ's teachings. That is the sore thumb and the tragedy of many of the efforts of modern evangelistsIronically, a movie that is supposed to be about Mary Magdalene is the best cinematic telling of the Jesus story that I have seen - it takes care to communicate understandably how Jesus's real teachings could become skewed by disciples who had their own ideas about the way they thought things should be, or would prefer them to be. They helped create in their folly a system of belief which removes personal responsibility and promotes complacent self righteousness in apathy which seems so common today. The message of personal responsibility is so crucial in these times when it feels like the world is speeding ever so quickly towards irreversible change - where that change is directed is up to us and if we are all sitting on our thumbs we may neglect our own responsibility and contributions in the matter. That someone could be made angry or put off by this idea seems incomprehensible to me
Joaquin Phoenix acts perfectly, you believe and understand everything he is saying.He is Jesus in the movie and you have no problem accepting it . Rooney Mara is a very talented actress, and she is brilliant as Mary Magdalene. She didn't talk much in the movie, but her eyes conveyed so much love and compassion. Tahar Rahim is the best Judas ever! In this film you can actually understand why Judas did that thing to Jesus, and you feel like forgiving him. I love this movie, but I think it should be much more in it to make it perfect.