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||IMDB Rating: 7.7/10 from 2,031 votes
||Release: 13 May 2004 (Netherlands) /
||Genre: Biography, Drama, History
||Director: Philip Saville,
||Stars: Alan Van Sprang, Andrew Pifko, Cedric Smith, Christopher Plummer, Daniel Kash, Diana Berriman, Diego Matamoros, Elliot Levey, Henry Ian Cusick, Lynsey Baxter, Nancy Palk, Richard Lintern, Scott Handy, Stephen Russell, Stuart Bunce
||Synopsis: The story of Jesus' life as told by the apostle John, narrated by Christopher Plummer.
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There are four gospels in the New Testament. Matthew, Mark and Luke are
referred to as the `synoptic' gospels. They see Jesus `with the same eye'.
Their `eyewitness accounts' are remarkably alike. John is startlingly
different in its details, style and tone -- so much so, that this gospel
almost didn't make it into the accepted canon of New Testament
`The Gospel of John' purports to be a faithful retelling of the fourth
gospel. It employs every single word of the text, as rendered by the Good
News Bible translation. The film combines dialogue with narration by veteran
actor Christopher Plummer. The result is an understandably wordy script. One
of my friends used the term `verbose'.
Was it wise or foolish to adopt this approach? That depends on your point of
view. It means that the actor playing Jesus must deliver lengthy speeches,
especially Jesus' farewell after the Last Supper. This runs the risk of
being a deadly bore in cinematic terms. I must confess, I kept nodding off
during this segment of the film. To his credit, the director tries to
compensate by cutting away to a montage of black-and-white flashback images
suggested by Jesus' words. This gives the audience a much-needed visual
On the other hand, and this is a good thing, using the integral text of
John's gospel obliges us truly to listen -- to hear the Word. I lost track
of how often Jesus said, `I am telling you the truth.' Some might find this
annoyingly repetitive. But it certainly hammers home the theme of John's
gospel. As if in counterpoint to Pilate's cynical barb, `What is truth?' we
have Jesus' ringing declaration, `I am the Truth!' (This is often obscured
by older translations, such as `Amen, amen, I say to you'.)
I found `The Gospel of John' highly instructive, not just for what it says,
but what is does not say. I realized, for the first time, why John recounts
events absent from Matthew, Mark and Luke, while ignoring those familiar to
us from their accounts. It struck me that the author of the fourth gospel
assumes we are already conversant with all this material. For instance, John
does not describe the institution of the Eucharist at the Last Supper, yet
abounds in references to bread and wine. Again, John does not tell us what
became of John the Baptist (he was beheaded by Herod) or Judas the traitor
(he hanged himself). John takes it for granted that we
I also realized how often Jesus says, `I am who I am' (three times) and
finally, `Before Abraham was, I am.' Jesus applies to Himself the phrase
used by Yahweh in the Old Testament as His name. In other words, in John's
gospel, Jesus clearly equates Himself with God (`The Father and I are
As represented in this film, Jesus is thoroughly human in that He suffers
and dies. Yet He also radiates the power of divinity -- not so much in the
form of miracles, as in a sense of righteousness, a certainty about His
mission. Even Jesus' outrage at the commercialization of Temple worship
seems more like the fulmination of an exasperated Old Testament God. We do
not see Jesus tempted by Satan or agonizing in the garden of Gethsemane.
Jesus knows exactly who He is and what He is doing, even though His
followers may not.
The real `stars' of the film are Jesus' opponents, `the Jewish authorities'
(Pharisees, Sadducees and scribes) and their hapless instrument, Pontius
Pilate. The apostles, on the other hand, are curiously lifeless in this film
rendering of John's gospel. Even Judas is given little in the way of
motivation. John's explanation is that he was a thief who pilfered the
apostles' common purse and sold His master out of simple greed. This
explanation may have been enough for the evangelist, but it is far from
satisfying in literary or cinematic terms.
The film portrays Mary, the mother of Jesus, as a woman of mature years. Her
visual representation comes as something of a shock, compared to Olivia
Hussey's incarnation of the Virgin in `Jesus of Nazareth'. I was reminded of
Michelangelo's Pietà. Someone pointed out to the sculptor that the mother
looked strangely younger than the son. Michelangelo replied that, since the
Virgin had been pure and sinless, he could not imagine her aging and
decaying. Jesus' mother in `The Gospel of John' thus runs counter to a
certain iconographic tradition.
The other women in this film, as in John's gospel, get short shrift. We
barely get any sense of Mary Magdalen, or Mary and Martha of Bethany. The
most fully developed female character is the Samaritan at the well, played
by an actress whose face and voice deliver exactly the right note of
hard-bitten cynicism. One only wishes she were not so wild-eyed once she
realizes she is speaking to the promised Messiah.
The same excessive theatricality is found in John the Baptist, Nathanael
(whom Jesus saw beneath the fig tree before meeting him) and doubting Thomas
(whose exclamation, `My Lord and my God!' rings hollow).
A film such as `The Gospel of John' cannot be judged entirely according to
the usual canons of cinematic art. In other words, we cannot judge `The
Gospel of John' simply on the basis of artistic merit or entertainment
value. Ultimately, we must ask: Is the film theologically sound? Does it
succeed in conveying the gospel message? How do we, the audience, respond to
that message and especially the messenger, Jesus Himself?
In the final analysis -- and this is a question all filmgoers must answer
for themselves -- would we heed the Jesus of `The Gospel of John' when He
invites us to `Follow me'?
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Alan Van Sprang
, Andrew Pifko
, Cedric Smith
, Christopher Plummer
, Daniel Kash
, Diana Berriman
, Diego Matamoros
, Elliot Levey
, Henry Ian Cusick
, Lynsey Baxter
, Nancy Palk
, Richard Lintern
, Scott Handy
, Stephen Russell
, Stuart Bunce
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