I have to admit I like him as well.
I think that the impact of the film would've been much greater if he would've included at least some of the beautiful speaches - like in the Zeffirelli film - to show WHAT they killed Him for.
I agree 100% the Zefferlli film overall was
better ... also missing was the full resurrection
scenes ... the end was kind of anti-climatic
and I was expecting more.