Friday, April 10, 2009

Jesus Christ Superstar on Good Friday

Watching Jesus Christ Superstar in my house around Easter time is about as traditional as the Easter Bunny and Sunday Easter Mass.

When I was a kid, you could count on two annual showings on tv - The Wizard of Oz and Jesus Christ Superstar. Growing up Catholic, JCS was the coolest Jesus movie we could see - a bunch of hippies rocking out in Jerusalem. Yeah baby.

As I got older, I began to totally dig the musical aspect. The different time signatures, many catchy tunes, the whaling voices of Jesus and Judas, and almost everyone else who opens their mouths for that matter.

Then later I got into what the film is really about, which to me is the struggle to do what you know is right, or is your destiny, even though it may cost you dearly. In JCS, of course, it is Jesus struggling with laying his life down when he is not sure why he needs to do it. And Judas struggling with whether to turn Jesus in or not. Whether you are religious or not, it's a great film about humanity.

No moment captures this struggle more potently than this clip. Turn it up and dig it:

6 comments:

Barbara(aka Layla) said...

I agree, great film and a classic. Now I am singing the song in my head and its stuck!

Dr. John said...

Isorski - JCS is on tour again with Ted Nealy. It was just playing up in Newark or NYC this weekend. Don't know if Corey Glover is playing Judas again. I saw that show a couple years back and it kicked ass.

sue said...

isorski - I agree that JCS is an awesome musical, but Jesus never doubted what He had to do. In fact He did it willingly. The Judas in the Bible was a thief, and had no remorse about betraying Jesus.

sue said...

isorski - My husband and I were working on a quiz and came across this question:

What album was on Billboard Charts for 741 weeks?

We didn't know the answer but you surely do.

I'll come back with the answer later.

Isorski said...

Dr John, I saw that show a couple of years ago and missed it when it came through last Christmas. I agree Corey was excellent as Judas!

Sue, I was more making of a statement about how the movie portrayed humanity. I liked how it showed Jesus as an actual person who struggled with the same issues the rest of people struggle with. Obviously no one knows what was really going on in anyone's minds.

Oh and the answer to your question is The Dark Side of the Moon!

sue said...

isorski - After I wrote that about JCSS, I thought maybe I was being a little preachy. Sorry about that.
Actually, I do like it.

You are correct - Pink Floyd.