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Andrew Lloyd Weber originally composed Jesus Christ Superstar as a musical play before it was made into a musical movie The play follows the events of the last few years of Jesus life as written in the gospels For the most part the movie faithfully follows the play and history In the beginning one gets to know the characters One sees Jesus interacting with Judas Peter and Mary Magdalene quite a bit among the other apostles and people Two key events are shown first where Jesus tears apart the market place set up in the temple and second where he rides into town on an ass over a road covered in palms Events are fairly mundane until Jesus betrayal by Judas and then the action picks up all the while everything being said in song Jesus is taken before Pontius Pilate where the people condemn him to crucifixion He is whipped while at the same time Peter denies him the proverbial three times as three people accuse him of being one of Jesus friends Finally Jesus is nailed upon the cross and hoisted to the sky although no scene was shown with the two criminals that were supposed to be there with him Then a new morning comes and one can see the cross empty against the sun and a figure assumed to be the risen Jesus walking up the hill towards the now empty cross I enjoyed the movie for the most part although at times the fact that they were singing got real old real quick I couldnt understand what they were saying half the time The scenery was hot and dry looking and there was plenty of dust as expected I found the costume to keep ones attention as half the time it was robes as expected and half the time the characters have on hip huggers fringe and Afros It was quite a surprise as each new scene brought some new
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