The Last Temptation of Christ: Willem Dafoe as God

A lot has been said about The Last Temptation of Christ, Martin Scorsese’s incredible telling of the Christ myth. A lot of controversy apparently surrounded this flick when it came out, but I don’t remember this as it would be 2 years before I was even born, and even longer before I would be able to form my own opinions about religion because babies and children can’t form their own opinions about things that huge.

So stop making kids do this shit

Anyway having over 20 years of separation from this flick, and very little interest in the religious implications of this dude Jesus, I found the flick to be a pretty somber, even-handed, story for about 2 hours, then it gets a bit weird, with a little angel lookin’ dude saying Jesus wasn’t meant to die which is where the last temptation part comes, he like marries Mary and has sex with her and stuff. It’s a pretty cool idea and has a great scene where Jesus and Judas are all old and Judas says he’s disappointed in him, over all its a good flick.

Also Keitel has a red jew fro

However, after watching The Last Temptation of Christ I stumbled upon a new and better way to watch this movie. I now like to look at The Last Temptation of Christ as The Last Temptation of Willem Dafoe, and it’s the story of Willem Dafoe hanging out in the desert making shit outta wood when he discovers that he is god. It makes the movie way better because if I were given the choice between some old dead dude from the middle east and the Green Goblin my choice would be pretty simple.

Our Father, who art in heaven hallowed be thy Name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

The bible would be way more entertaining, you could have the Book of Platoon, the Book of Speed 2: Cruise Control, the Book of Spider-Man, the Book of Shadow of the Vampire, hell a Book of Boondock Saints, he was the best part and I figure Troy Duffy is a pretty humble guy he needs something to make him feel good about himself.

Just kidding this guys a prick

Seriously  though, next time you’re looking through your netflix cue pick out The Last Temptation of Christ and watch it as if the movie is telling you to worship Willem Dafoe as if he were the son of god, it makes as much sense as regular Christianity.

Have you heard the good news about our Lord and Saviour

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