Martin Scorsese is known for making “Goodfellas” and “Taxi Driver” and “Casino” and what not, but he has a number of movies that people regularly forget about when talking about this great filmmaker. And it just so happens that Netflix has one of these movies, “The Last Temptation of Christ.”
Based on a novel of the same name, this is a movie that posits the question, what if Jesus Christ (superstar) was just a man after all and actually struggled with the all the same sins and problems we all struggle with? Because of the characterization of Jesus in this movie and also because of a scene depicting him indulging in his more carnal desires, religious groups just FREAKED OUT and hated on this movie really hard.
But you know what? Screw the haters. It’s not like this movie somehow takes the place of the Holy Bible. People need to be less frightened by viewpoints and ideas different their own.
However, we can all agree that Harvey Keitel as Judas Iscariot was not the best casting decision ever. Keitel is a good actor and all, but Judas Iscariot he was NOT.