A passion project can be a creation that lifts you or crushes you. As a moviegoing public, we thrive on those stories that hit just right – that find the core of human experience or understanding and inspire us to think: "Yes, this is it!" Though we yearn for those moments, they aren't always so easy to achieve. Just think of the work of men like Terry Gilliam and David Lynch – some stories make that connection while others fail. There isn't always a direct path between the director's vision and the viewer's visceral reaction, and one man's passion play can be another man's misfire.
Thus is the strength and weakness of 'Scrooged' scribe Mitch Glazer's directorial debut, 'Passion Play' – a film that adeptly conveys his passion for the material (twenty years in the making), yet fails to hit the audience in that same engaging way.