In an interview published last week in the LA Weekly, John Powers discusses “The Passion of The Christ,” among other things, with Quentin Tarantino. So you saw “The Passion of the Christ?,” asks Powers, and QT replies:
I loved it. I�ll tell you why. I think it actually is one of the most brilliant visual storytelling movies I�ve seen since the talkies � as far as telling a story via pictures. So much so that when I was watching this movie, I turned to a friend and said, �This is such a Herculean leap of Mel Gibson�s talent. I think divine intervention might be part of it.� I cannot believe that Mel Gibson directed it. Not personally Mel Gibson � I mean, “Braveheart” was great. I mean, I can�t believe any actor made that movie. This is like the most visual movie by an actor since Charles Laughton made “The Night of the Hunter”. No, this is 15 times more visual than that. It has the power of a silent movie. And I was amazed by the fact that it was able to mix all these different tones. At first, this is going to be the most realistic version of the Jesus story � you have to decipher the Latin and Aramaic. Then it throws that away at a certain point and gives you this grandiose religious image. Goddamn, that�s good direction! It is pretty violent, I must say. At a certain point, it was like a Takashi Miike film. It got so fucked up it was funny. At one point, my friend and I, we just started laughing. I was into the seriousness of the story, of course, but in the crucifixion scene, when they turned the cross over, you had to laugh.