This is probably the film out of the View Askewniverse that I was most looking forward to, as it had the most interesting plot and even more well-known actors. I must say that this is definitely my favorite of the View Askewniverse so far.
This film definitely had the best plot out of all of the films so far. It felt much more urgent than the previous three films, making me feel even more invested in the plot. I thought that a lot of the religious satire was great. On the surface, the could seem like unintelligent raunchy humor or stoner comedy, and it does have some of that, but below that, it was actually pretty deep. The film also had a lot of dark humor that was funny, which would come to show in Smith's later film, "Tusk", even though to a less successful extent.
The acting in this film was also really good, in my opinion. Kevin Smith created two characters in Bartleby and Loki that are relatable despite the odds that they wouldn't be, and Affleck and Damon capture the roles amazingly. Chris Rock, Jason Mewes, and Kevin smith are all hilarious in their supporting roles. Alan Rickman is perfect in his supporting role too, creating some of the funniest scenes in the film. The casting director also did a great job, as his voice was perfect for the role. Alanis Morissette was also very funny in her cameo.
The special effects and cinematography were pretty good for that time for a film of this budget. One thing that I did not appreciate about the cinematic elements of the film, however, is that the timing for the punch sound effects did not match up with the visuals during the fight scenes.
So overall, "Dogma" was a well-made and enjoyable religious satire, however it is definitely not for everybody. Some people will be offended by some of the jokes, however if you can get past that, you should check it out.
Big Tuna's Rating: A
How Did I Watch It?: DVD/Blu-Ray borrowed from the library.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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