The first trailer for Mary Magdalene was released this week. The success of The Passion of the Christ over ten years ago really paved the way for mainstream biblical epics in Hollywood, though some of them have been sucker-punches (Exodus: Gods and Kings and Noah come to mind). This one looks like it could go either way. I like the grittier, realistic approach (which I lauded the excellent Risen for), but Joaquin Phoenix plays a very peculiar Jesus. Probably because Phoenix is just a peculiar man.


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