Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Dogma [1999]

Director: Kevin Smith
Cast: Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Linda Fiorentino, Alan Rickman, Chris Rock, Jason Lee, Salma Hayek
Genre: Fantasy/Comedy
Rating: Adult
Comment: "You can always count on Kevin Smith to fuck with your expectations..."

When two fallen angels, Bartleby (Ben Affleck) and Loki (Matt Damon) finds a loophole within the Catholic dogma that will enable them to go back to Heaven, the Voice of God (Alan Rickman) goes down to Earth to recruit the help of an abortion clinic worker (Linda Florentino) and two prophets (Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith) in an effort to stop it from happening, as allowing the fallen angels to return would mean the undoing of existence as we know it.

What to Expect
1. Comedic religious debate
2. Unpredictable
3. Some gross-out humour
4. Kevin Smith's clever writing

What NOT to expect
1. An anti-religion movie

I'm not Kevin Smith's biggest fan, but there has yet a movie made by him that I don't like, with the exception of Cop Out [2010] which I haven't seen yet. Movies made by him are a lot like the man himself, meaning they're both a lot fun to just sit back and listen to.

Dogma is no different, although this time around the topic revolves around Catholicism instead of dick jokes. Now, it's easy for this movie to come off as being offensive rather than funny. So if I may, let me just say that this movie is for the level-headed only. But please, don't take that to mean that if you're offended, you're an idiot. I understand, I would totally be offended as well if someone makes a comedy out of my religion, no matter how well-made it might be.

So what I'm saying is, I have come to view Christianity as a mythology so making a movie out of that, for me, is no different than making a movie made based on the Greek mythology. But it's even more intriguing in the case of Dogma because it dealt with the question of faith, and how soon we forget that God gave us humans more than He has ever given any of his other creations, yet we act like adhering to Him is optional.

Kudos to Kevin Smith for making a movie with a really heavy subject matter without sounding too preachy, topping it off with his special brand of humour.

Another thing that delighted me was how well-used the talents were. Ben Affleck, as I have said before, isn't a bad actor at all and with Matt Damon and Alan Rickman joining the cast, combined with the really good script, you can be damn sure that this one is worth sitting through.

Should you see it?
Depends. I definitely enjoyed it but a Kevin Smith movie is really one of those love-it-or-hate-it type of thing so if you didn't find Clerks [1994] or Chasing Amy [1997] to be entertaining, you'd have a better time watching a Michael Bay movie.

1 comment:

jejaka anggun said...

luv this movie.... alanis morisette is the god.

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