Jesus Christ Superstar holds a big place in theatre, as one of only two major Broadway musicals about Jesus Christ—the other being Godspell—and it’s definitely the bigger, more dramatic of the two.
All in all, the strong and unpredictable performances from the cast and the heartwarming character development has led this film to stand among the classics of the early 90s.
What makes this “Oscar calibre” dramedy so special? Why is the story of a rebellious mental patient butting heads with an authoritarian nurse worthy of so much recognition and acclaim?
Despite liking the film, I can empathize with the critics who reacted negatively to the filmmaker's portrayal of privileged, affluent, and aimless characters.