Movie Review – Mary Magdalene (2018)

Mary Magdalene, 2018.

Directed by Garth Davis.

Starring Rooney Mara, Joaquin Phoenix, Chewitel Ejiofor, Tahar Rahim, and Denis Menochet.


One of most controversial and misunderstood pariahs is given a cultural realignment in this gritty portrayal of Mary Magdalene (Rooney Mara). Chronicling her life B.C. and the subsequent path taken when she decides to follow Jesus of Nazareth (Joaquin Phoenix).

Religious texts are open to individual interpretation, and as such cinema throughout the ages has mined Christianity. From Martin Scorsese’s The Last Temptation of Christ, through to the Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ. The common thread there is that they focus on the main man, yet Lion director Garth Davis, along with screenwriters Helen Edmundson and Phillipa Goslett, decide to shine a light on a woman whose suffering was equal, but for whom history hasn’t been so kind.

Mary is presented as relatively normal, free

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