‘Dogma’ has a unique take on religion, faith

Grant Nelson, Staff Writer

A film that has a personal place in my heart is the film “Dogma,” directed by Kevin Smith.

This film was a passion project for Smith that goes as far back as “Mall Rats.” I found “Dogma” when I was having a crisis of faith, which is what the film is about.

The film revolves around a duo of fallen angels played by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. The duo’s quest to get back into heaven involves a loophole created unknowingly by a church’s renewal celebration. Allegedly, this loophole will lead to the end of the universe. So, God sends a fellowship of heroes. Jay and Silent Bob are among these heroes.

The film features jokes at the expense of Catholicism. “Dogma” has a great commentary on organized religion. Strangely, the film defends people who have faith in their religion but says that it’s better to have an idea than a belief system.

The film has an all-star cast that features Chris Rock, Alanis Morissette, Alan Rickman, and many others.

“Dogma” is funny but also deep because of its message for those who have faith yet feel they have been cast aside by mainstream religion. It offers hope as to how one can hold to faith despite not fitting in. All in all, this film is a masterpiece.