Easter means different things to different people. For Christians, it is the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who rose from the grave after dying for the sins of all the world. For others, it is a secular holiday that involves nice dinners and chocolate Easter bunnies. For kids, it is all about waiting for the Easter Bunny to come visit them and then hunting for Easter eggs.
Here are Easter movies for all three of those distinctive groups.
“The Last Temptation of Christ”
For Christians, most consider “Passion of the Christ” to be the penultimate story of the death of Jesus Christ. While that may be the choice of churches, the better Easter movie is one that churches protested years ago. Martin Scorsese directed “The Last Temptation of Christ,” a look not only at the death of Jesus, but also at the final temptation that Satan offered him at the end. Of course, that temptation was for a normal life, a marriage and kids, and a natural death of old age. Jesus rejected this temptation and went to the cross while Churches asked their congregations to protest the movie because it showed what Satan was tempting Christ with.
“Hank and Mike”
Next up is a very eclectic Easter movie with “Hank and Mike.” This is an independent comedy with named like Joe Mantegna and Chris Klein in the cast. Released in 2008, this movie tells the story of the Easter Bunnies who deliver the product each year; although in this situation it is humans wearing pink bunny costumes. When layoffs begin, two of the bunnies have to try to make it through an assortment of jobs, all while continuing to wear the bunny costumes. A highlight is Chris Klein as an evil businessman they end up battling.
“Rise of the Guardians”
Finally, here is an Easter movie for the kids. While “Hop” was a decent Easter movie, “Rise of the Guardians” is a superior movie, and one that did not receive the accolades it should have when released in 2012. While the movie hit theaters during the Christmas holiday season, the story itself took place during Easter when the villain Pitch Black tried to stop the delivery of Easter eggs as the last step of his plan to make kids no longer believe in their holiday heroes. Hugh Jackman voiced a wonderfully Australian Easter Bunny.
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