The Big Question looks for an audience

Five months ago, it looked like The Big Question — a documentary shot on the set of The Passion of the Christ (2004) — would be released in theatres in time for Easter. But now, Amazon.com indicates it will go straight to DVD instead, and it will be available for a mere seven bucks.

Why the change in plans? Well, as Christian News Today reports, the film may be “too Christian for the mainstream, but not Christian enough” — in other words, because it shows how the cast and crew who made The Passion were not uniformly orthodox Christians but, instead, were people who subscribed to a wide range of beliefs, The Big Question is not as useful a “tool” as The Passion itself was; and this, in turn, may have affected the film’s ability to find an audience.

Personally, I still think it would be swell if both films were packaged together, along with some other materials, in a special DVD like the one Mel Gibson was once reportedly working on.

About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his film column, which won multiple awards from the Evangelical Press Association, the Canadian Church Press and the Fellowship of Christian Newspapers, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) and Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005).

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08741378159534413277 Magnus

    Why must Christians be so damned utilitarian? Just drives me up the wall.

  • Thom

    I’ve avoided buying the Passion specifically because I am waiting for a special edition. I can’t see watching the film all that often, but the bonus materials, if done right could be killer.

    I always suggested a three disc set, with one disc focused on the controversy, giving both sides the opportunity to speak fairly.


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