Ben Affleck has had more shit in recent years than you can fling a Batarang at. And it only doubled when he was cast as the winged hero last year in DC’s upcoming Superman vs Batman: Dawn of Justice. Of course, some of these damning remarks are often brought up with the following uttered hushed disaster; Gigli. So moving past that, you have to cough up some honesty when it involves Affleck because, frankly, he has excelled much more than most give him credit for. Good Will Hunting, Daredevil (Directors Cut, people,) and many more showcase his talents as a solid thespian, writer and director. More recently, his acting is astute and incredible in the recent Gone Girl it's clear Affleck is triumphing again. But if you were to ask me what springs to mind when I think of Affleck is Kevin Smith’s on point religious comedy Dogma.
Smith’s hilarious and astute picture is filled with immense themes that intellectually portray religion in its grittiness and glory. Arguing the finer points of Christianity and teachings, what Smith doesn’t do is entirely damn religion. Instead, he brings forth debate while representing different elements of a God filled life that atheists have similarly damned. Though he fires guns at the loopholes in texts and organised religion, he never inflames them and handles the balance between two groups that are often in contention. Placing forward the theme of ideas, rather than blind following, Dogma becomes a must-see cinematic treat for those who find their own ideals wavering and those who are solidified in their beliefs. It’s intellectually and masterfully done, trapesing through feminist, racial and sexual stigmas identified throughout religion.
With enough laughs to balance the theology, particular helped by the comedic relief of Jay and Silent Bob, Dogma is an enthralling film that will allow you to think and counter the stupidity too. Don’t miss out on this film, it’s entirely acute and brilliant. One of Smith’s best work, make sure it is watched.