Sunday, May 8, 2016

Looking Forward to This One

What did he see out there in the desert for 40 days?

Hadn't heard of this 2015 film until just now, but "Last Days in the Desert" by Rodrigo Garcia looks like a winner. His participation in S**r W**s I-III notwithstanding, I've always admired Ewan McGregor as an actor. His dual role in this meditation on the story of John the Baptist's most successful follower should be at least as intriguing as my favorite gospel, Martin Scorsese's 1988 interpretation of Nikos Kazantzakis' 1953 novel, "The Last Temptation of Christ".

The stories of the life and death of the man, Yeshua from Nazareth, contain many mythic elements and myths need to be unpacked in order to understand what the storytellers were trying to convey.

UPDATE: There's a premier event Thursday, May 12, in Phoenix.  I plan to attend so I purchased my ticket online.  I don't Facebook much, but for those who do, here's that 

UPDATE 2: Son Erik is going to join me for the movie and dinner afterwards...

UPDATE 3: "Last Days in the Desert" was quite good, every bit as much as I'd hoped. It will probably be too nuanced for the literalist crowd but that's to be expected, unfortunately.