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Everyone gave an excellent performance, especially Alan Rickman (one of my heros), Ben Affleck and of course, Kevin Smith (who played a lovable Silent Bob). Alanis Morrissette's quirky performance as God in the final scenes of the film was incredible and I'm just sorry the movie ended when it did. This took the "crusade" type film to a whole new level, while raising some serious questions about organized religion as it now stands. Applause to Smith for his courage and vision in this film (we love Silent Bob!) and I personally loved all the pop culture film references :) See it. Five stars, 2 thumbs up, whatever.
Grade: A- This movie rocks. The Whole gang loved it and we laughed hard. I particularly like it when a cast commits itself to a concept and this cast did a fine job. Everyone was completely believable. Kevin Smith is a force to be reconned with. I sincerely hope we see much more from him soon. Thank you Kevin for another job well done!
Once again, Kev and company provide a feast of one liners disguised as a movie. Dogma surpasses Chasing Amy, and Mallrats (Batman tricks not withstanding). The pokes and prods they take at stodgy tradition probably won't open the eyes of the powers that wanna be, but they obviously shook somebody up. How long did it take this movie to be released?
I have always like Kevin Smith's movies... I am glad to see he is finally attracting stars like Affleck and Damon to his works. This is irreverent and at time raunchy-- but worthwhile. Also Silent Bob rules! Chris Rock is very good as Rufus and Allanis Morrisette in her surprising role.
Kevin Smith continues to mature as a director and writer. His latest
effort, Dogma, is a masterpiece of both casting and dialog. Although some
may take offense at the subject matter I found it very pro-God, which is
to say it is pro-religion. It skewers the inconsistencies in Catholic
with needle-sharp precision.
Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, and Linda Fiorentino are excellent in the starring roles. Alan Rickman's entrance is one of the highlights of the movie. Chris Rock, Selma Hayek, and Jason Lee provide solid performances. Although George Carlin is excellent in his role, I found his interpretation of the character to be a little too much George Carlin and not enough Cardinal Glick. Fans of Jay and Silent Bob will love their expanded screen time.
This film is a wickedly irreverent lampoon of religion that holds a mirror
up to the inconsistencies and absurdities of Christian biblical mythos, and
more specifically Catholic dogma, by putting it in a modern context.
It is the story of two fallen angels, Bartleby (Ben Affleck) and Loki (Matt Damon) that have been cast out of heaven and banished to live in Wisconsin. With the help of their friend, the devil Azrael (Jason Lee), they discover a loophole that allows them plenary absolution during a ceremony at a Church in New Jersey. If they enter this church, they will be forgiven and be able to get back into heaven. The trouble is that if they do this, God will be proven fallible and existence will come to an end. So Metatron (Alan Rickman) recruits Bethany (Linda Fiorentino) who is the last scion of Christ to help stop them from entering the church. The rest of the story is basically an action adventure/comedy sendup culminating in a confrontation on the church steps.
Kevin Smith's story starts out razor sharp, with biting intellectual humor that mocks some of the basic tenets of religious belief, while simultaneously broaching some pretty deep philosophical questions. Unfortunately, as the film progresses, the edge is lost and it degenerates into a slapstick action flick with occasional returns to the religious allusions. Overall, it was very entertaining, but the story could have been so much more if it stayed on point with wry intellectual forays, rather than degenerating into farce.
The cast was delightful. Matt Damon gets a chance to play a little less serious role and brings an enchanting comic naivete to Loki, the former angel of death and vengeance. Affleck is the most intellectual and serious of the characters, and it is his ability to stay sincerely serious in absurd situations that makes him so funny. Linda Fiorentino was terrific as the Catholic girl who had lost her faith. She had a wonderful ability to broach disturbing thoughts that almost all of us have about God and religion, while maintaining a sense of mocking self doubt and comical despair.
Chris Rock plays the spiritual guide; the unheralded 13th apostle of Christ. He brings his usual ironic style and hilarious assortment of facial reactions and steals more than half the laughs in the film. And then there were Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes, once again reprising their roles and Silent Bob and Jay (a trademark of Kevin Smith films, he finds a way to insert these two characters into almost every movie he does). There were also bit parts for Salma Hayek, George Carlin and Alanis Morissette (as God).
This is a entertaining film that missed its chance to be a classic religious parody by losing its soul and going off the deep end. Still, if you have the ability to have a sense of humor about God, there is a lot of good comedy here. I gave it a 7/10. Religious zealots steer clear. This movie will either offend you or shake your faith.
I've seen a lot of great movies, but this isn't one of
However, it does have a lot going for it. For one thing, it has a creative plot that draws heavily from religion and mythology to comment on the state of religion and society. It also has several interesting characters played by good actors, and it's fun to watch their interaction and chemistry and enjoy the humor of the dialogue.
But "Dogma" doesn't have anything really special or unique, and the disappointing and pitiful ending doesn't do the rest of the film justice. In fact, it really ruins the film as a whole, and puts it near the end of the list for films worth seeing.
If you enjoy social commentary and an examination of religion in modern society, this just might be worth seeing (after you've seen all of the "tens" and "nines" that the video store has to offer).
It's wonderful when lesser-known directors and writers take a chance and
send a different, daring, risky script to a producer, and the producer
actually OKs it. It happened to 'Being John Malkovich', and the result is
fantastic, witty, deeply weird-but-fun movie.
Dogma is not quite 'Being John Malkovich' on the old bizarre-o-meter, but it is probably more daring. It tackles spiky subjects like religion (well, christianity and especially Catholicism) with a grace and devil-may-care attitude, that I am surprised Christian Fundamentalists didn't burn down all the theaters it ran in. (Hey, don't scoff, christians in the past have used fire to solve most any problem).
The two angels, Loki and BBy, played by the dynamic duo #1, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, are wonderfully cynical and, well, human. They have got God by his metaphysicals, and they're not gonna let him go.
The dynamin duo #2, the token Jay and Silent Bob, loosen up the atmosphere when it once in a while gets a little complentative and heavy (it has to happen in a film like this), so that, all the time in this movie, you feel happy and joyous, even though it's demolishing church dogma before your very eyes.
The plot does seem to lose a little direction in places, and too much of the understanding of the film hangs on you knowing a lot about Catholicism and listening to every word of the Demon's speech in the bar. But that doesn't matter. It toys so elegantly with its subject matter, that it's worth seeing just for that.
In conclusion, don't boycott this film or anything stupid like that. It's a fun flick, a comedy. It just touches on something uncomfortable. But, isn't that what all good comedies do?
Dogma was such a cool film, I can't wait for it to come out on video. Jason Lee is very tasty as Azreal and casting Alan Rickman as Metatron was pure genius. Allanis Morrisette was 'interesting' as God! Even though she only said one thing, and that was a scream!
I was actually reluctant in watching this film and it's now ended up one of my favorites of 1999. A devilish dark comedy with two fallen angels wanting to get back in heaven & going on a killing spree on the way. Watch out for great performances from Affleck, Damon, Fiorentino, Hayek, and Rock. I know the religious aspect causes controversy but this is entertainment not to be taken seriously so take a pill and enjoy.
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