He has to find a fresh take on very familiar material without upsetting the faithful.
Davis’s slightly original idea is to view Christ (Joaquin Phoenix) through the eyes of his only female disciple (Rooney Mara).
His biggest revelation is that Mary wasn’t a prostitute, as claimed by a handful of frustrated medieval clerics.
Although if you’ve read the Bible you really should have worked that out already.
Another twist is the suggestion that she was the only one who understood Jesus’s gnomic speeches.
Apparently, all that stuff about an imminent apocalypse that is in the Bible (but never happened) came from a simple misunderstanding between the Son of God and his militant, Roman-hating, male apostles.
Jesus was about loving the world, not ending it. And that, folks, is all you’ll learn from this handsome slog through the Gospels.
After two hours of Mary staring lovingly at Jesus and Peter (Chiwetel Ejiofor) bickering with Judas (Tahar Rahim), this feels like another very bitter betrayal.