This movie pokes fun at the stereotypes that come along with traditional religions. Yes, it's controversial. Yes, it really hit my nerve with some of the issues. This film is about modern people regaining their faith in God, and the danger in faith being confused with dogma. But overall, this has become one of my favorite movies.
Bartleby (Ben Affleck) and Loki (Matt Damon), the Angel of Death, were banished for eternity by God (Alanis Morissette) to earth, as a punishment for insulting God. Since then, they are trying to find a way to get back to heaven again. Azrael (Jason Lee) is a demon who has a hidden agenda, sent them an article about a church in New Jersey which having a centennial celebration. The church is actually an archway to heaven, and the fallen angels are using any means necessary to get there. Metatron (Alan Rickman), the Voice of God, ask Bethany (Linda Florentino) an abortion clinic worker, to get to New Jersey and stop those angels to get into the church, because if she failed, the result would be not just the end of the world, but the annihilation of all creation. Not to mention she is actually the Last Scion, the last descendant of Christ. She is being help by Rufus (Chris Rock), the 13th Apostle, Serendipity (Salma Hayek), and two prophets; Jay and Silent Bob (Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith).
Yikes, that's a long summary. But man, what a movie! If you're not overly sensitive about profanity and your religion, this movie is very entertaining and smart. It raises many questions about the fallibility of human perception, and how we assume we know how traditional divine characters appeared and acted. If you can watch a movie objectively and listen to the point of view it's taking, you will see that there are many things to ponder. Sure, it's comedy. But it's a chaotic mess with about sixty different trains of thought and philosophy; from the ecstatic to the scatological, slugging it out for dominance, and in its very sloppiness there's a sense of anarchic exultant wonder I've never seen in a movie before. This film has a mixture of everything and its underlying message is one which should reach everyone. This is a brilliant movie for those of you that choose to look towards organized religions with a questioning glance. If you're not the one that can take sarcasm, symbolism, criticism -- don't bother watching. This movie is NOT for everyone. I can imagine some of my friends will refuse to see it.
All the performances are excellent and the actors compliments each other awesomely, especially Alan Rickman as Metatron. He is so funny, which I hardly sees him in other movies. He usually plays baddies. One amazing performance is actually from Ben Affleck as Bartleby, the lost Angel. I thought this is one of his best performance. His delivery really heartbreaking when he talks about God doesn't listens anymore, and he feels rejected. When Bethany and Bartleby have a private conversation about their faith, I almost cried because it really hit the nerve. We human beings are so gullible and take everything for granted. My favorite quote from Bartleby, "These humans have besmirched everything He's bestowed upon them. They were given Paradise - they threw it away. They were given this planet - they destroyed it. They were favored best among all His endeavors, and some of them don't even believe he exists. And in spite of it all... He hath shown them infinite fucking patience at every turn!" And I think it's true what he said. This film almost choked me with tears and laughter, because it balances the drama and comedy. With so many memorable quotes and deep meanings, it has become one of the most controversial and notable funny movie.
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