Dogma was the fourth film in Kevin Smith’s “View Akewniverse” once again this film features the brilliant characters Jay and Silent Bob; as well as an all star cast, the majority of which have been previously used in other Kevin Smith films. Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are the leading actors, and they’re supported by Chris Rock, Linda Fiorentino, Jason Lee, Salma Hayek, Jason Mewes and of course Smith himself.
Brian O’Halloran and Jeff Anderson both have cameo roles, of course they were the lead actors in Clerks, and Chris Rock was actually approached by Kevin Smith and offered the role because Smith had learned that Chasing Amy was Rock’s favourite film of all time. Dogma caused a lot of controversy upon its release due to people believing it was “anti-Christian”, it led to protests and death threats directed at Kevin Smith.
Bartleby (Ben Affleck) and Loki (Matt Damon) are two fallen angels – banished from heaven and set to face a lifetime on Planet Earth. However when Bartleby discovers that walking through the doors of a new style of Catholic church will rid them of there sins and allows them to re-enter heaven. This would be catastrophic because it would prove God’s theory wrong and therefore erase all of the work he’s done, in other words the fall of mankind/the apocalypse. The last descendant of Christ is called upon by the Voice of God to be the saviour of all existence. She is aided by the relatively unknown thirteenth apostle named Rufus, a literal muse turned stripper and two bad-mouthed, mall-crawling, joint-smoking prophets: Jay and Silent Bob. An ex-muse turned demon named Azrael tries to keep the group from accomplishing their goal so he can have his revenge against God.
Dogma is often considered to be the funniest and most outlandish of Smith’s “View Askewniverse”, and although Clerks is without a doubt the most recognised and acclaimed film, Dogma has got to be pretty close in terms of success. Like the previous films Dogma was and remains a very underground film, it grossed approximately $40 million worldwide, but that is a $30 million profit, and in video rental sales Dogma has proved to be successful. I love this film, the initial idea makes me laugh let alone the final outcome, Chris Rock and Alan Rickman were particularly excellent, and as always Jay and Silent Bob were very entertaining.