Throughout his ordeal of capture, torture and ultimate death, the story has flashbacks to earlier days in Jesus life. These scenes captured the bond between Jesus and his disciples. They also showed of the loving and playful relationship Jesus had with his mother.
The movie was billed as graphic and this is true, but the violence was portrayed in a very tasteful manner. The only over the top blood letting is when Jesus' side was pierced on the cross; even this scene can be viewed as symbolic in nature.
Mary was a real strong character in the film as well. She was not portrayed as a gorgeous or radiant woman rather as a simple women noted for her inner strength.
Veronica is always been a person in the passion story that I have admired. She is a woman who comes to Jesus in his most desperate hour. She approaches Jesus when most people are trying to distance themselves from him. She brings him water and tries to aid him in his journey to crucifixion. I see this character as someone who did not know a great deal about Jesus, but was moved by his spirit. I note this because it was captured with great care in the movie.