Forgive Me Father For I Have Sinned
The First Temptation of Christ is going to upset and annoy a lot of religious people, making it the perfect follow-up to The Last Hangover. Although lightning doesn’t strike twice with this comedic parody of the Christian faith and Bible fables, The First Temptation is a funny and cleverly written film nonetheless. Unlike the simple and bottled concept in The Last Hangover, this time around Director Rodrigo Van Der Put throws everything, including the kitchen sink, into the fold with mixed results.
With The Last Supper all but a distant memory, Jesus returns from the desert with his new “friend” Orlando to celebrate his 30th birthday. In this parodical take on the coming-of-age trope, Jesus wrestles with the idea that God, not Joseph, is his Father before embarking on a spiritual journey to learn the true extent of his faith and powers. All of this sees him go up against an infamous foe during the film’s climactic final act that turns things into a hilarious, low-budget supernatural action flick.
I was a massive fan of the first film and loved the concept. It was cleverly written and stuck closely to the original tale with a few comedic differences. This time around, The First Temptation Of Christ is a lot wackier in its depiction and in its attempt to try and usurp the original, falls short of rekindling those same comedic highs.
Having said that though, the film is still incredibly funny with some great jokes around Jesus’ sexuality and journey in the Bible. Hearing Orlando sing about God’s twisted moral compass or Joseph and God’s back-and-forth around parental rights are brilliant inclusions and the perfect ammo for the cast to work with. The jokes do rely on the same style of humour as the first film too so if you weren’t a fan of that one, this is unlikely to sway your opinion.
The First Temptation of Christ doesn’t quite hit the same lofty heights as its predecessor but it does deliver a funny 45 minute slice of comedy nonetheless. The jokes are well-timed, cleverly written and the Brazilian cast clearly had a good time making this one too. It’s not perfect, and at times it does fall into that realm of shock and awe for the sake of laughs rather than logic, but if you can look past this and were a fan of the first, you’re bound to have a good time with this one.