[This was originally published on attrition.org.]
Upon release of this movie, the Religious Right were once again pissed off. And yet again they proved beyond doubt they had no sense of humor. If you can’t laugh at yourself, who can you laugh at.
Dogma is the story of Bartleby (Affleck) and Loki (Damon), two angels cast out of heaven long ago, seeking re-entry. All they have to do is travel from Wisconsin to New Jersey to walk through a church’s arch during a special ceremony. To do so will have god forgive them for their sins, and re-enter heaven. The catch? To do so would prove god fallible, thus negating existence.
Enter the Last Scion (Florentino)! She has been given the task of stopping these renegade angels who would unknowingly destroy the world. Given help in the form of two prophets (Mewes and Smith) and the thirteenth apostle (Rock), they too must travel to New Jersey to save the world. Easier said than done.
Things I learned about religion from Dogma:
- the 13th apostle was named Rufus
- god is a woman
- Mary Magdalen had a thing for “dark meat”
- Not saying “bless you” can earn the wrath of Loki
Dogma is the fourth installment in a great line of films from Actor/Director Kevin Smith. Those of you familiar with his previous work will no doubt love Dogma for its witty humor and great cast. Those of you that take religion seriously need not view this, as it may cause seizures, ulcers or violent mood swings.
Matt Damon – lucky gambler in Rounders, genius in Good Will Hunting
Ben Affleck – lovesick hero in Chasing Amy, the wild cat in Armeggedon
Chris Rock – in Lethal Weapon 4
Selma Hayek – beautiful libarian in Desperado, exotic dancer in From Dusk til Dawn
Alan Rickman – evil villain in Die Hard
Kevin Smith says three words the entire movie. “no ticket” and “thanks”