There’s no John Doe tonight, so I watched Dogma instead.

Cast, Crew, and Other Info

The cast includes Linda Fiorentino, Alan Rickman, Chris Rock, Salma
Hayek, Alanis Morissette, Jason Lee, Janeane Garofalo, George Carlin,
Jason Mewes, and writer/director Kevin Smith. The IMDB page with all
this and more can be found here.

Premise

Two angels threaten to unmake existance, and an employee of an
abortion clinic is called on to stop them.

Some people absolutely hate this movie. Most of those people are the
people that don’t believe religion should ever be the basis of comedy,
and that any attempt to joke about humour or laugh at jokes about
humour is sinful. You know your opinion of your beliefs better than I
do; you will know if your opinion of this movie will be dramatically
different from mine for this reason. Be warned. Of course, there are
other people who dislike it for entirely different reasons, but that’s
true of any movie; I just mention it here so it doesn’t sound like I’m
picking on the religious people.

High Point

The entrance of the Metatron. Alan Rickman has incredible comic
timing.

Low Point

The Golgothan. I’m not amused by the concept, and the execution
looked terrible.

The Scores

This is the only religion-inspired film I’ve ever seen that was
anywhere close to funny. This is, on the surface at least, a comedy,
and a pretty low-brow one at that. Add in a storyline with an
abnormal take on religious dogma, and you’ve got a pretty
original piece of work. I give it 5 out of 6, restrained
only by the use of some jokes we’ve seen in other View Askew outings.

The effects ranged from decent to remarkably poor. Most of
them were simply unconvincing. The Golgothan looked plastic, the
wings moved like they were the mechanical puppets they were (unless
they were the all-too-glossy CGI wings), and the runway the Metatron
walked on in the pond was plainly visible. The golf club attack, the
destruction of the wings, and the effects on the bridge were among the
few that were truly well done. I give it 3 out of 6.

The story was well written, with some interesting hooks and
revelations that were well timed. The only awkward moment was
Azrael’s exposition, but the Bond joke near the end makes up for it.
I give it 5 out of 6.

The acting from Linda Fiorentino, Salma Hayek, Jason Mewes,
and most of the rest of the cast was decent through most of the film,
but lacking at times. (This is odd in Jason’s case, since that
character was based on him and shouldn’t require any acting ability at
all.) Alan Rickman, Matt Damon, and (surpringly, to me anyway) Ben
Affleck all do excellent jobs. I give it 5 out of 6.

The emotional response this produced was primarily large
quantities of laughter. Since this is all a comedy generally shoots
for, that’s enough for a high score. I give it 5 out of 6.

The production was adequate, but lacked real punch in
places. The first two action sequences were handled off screen, and
then the last few were on screen, creating something of a mishmash.
(My first impression was that the filmmakers didn’t know how to shoot
those sequences; listening to the commentary later confirmed this.)
Most of the film is conversation, which is hard to shoot badly, so it
still does well. I give it 4 out of 6.

Overall, it’s a flawed film, but more importantly, it’s a
comedy film that makes me laugh every time I watch it. It succeeds at
its most important goal, and it does so very well, so I give it 5 out
of 6.

In total, Dogma receives 32 out of 42.