As I was recently listening to the Slashfilm podcast about Prometheus, they mentioned an interview with Ridley Scott on movies.com (the following sentences contain some minor spoiler for the movie). Ridley Scott mentioned that their one of the considerations for the movie was that the reason the architects wanted to destroy the earth was because they sent and embassador who ended up being crucified around 2000 years ago. Had this idea been used in the movie I’m sure it would have been very controversial. This documentary makes fun of religion, which is controversial, and comedian Bill Maher goes head on, interviewing people about religion and not holding back in letting them know his own opinions about it.
Maher tells his own story of religion and his experiences growing up. He once was a religious man, but has left that all behind and seems to want to prove that he’s right. During this documentary he interviews people at a trucker church, a man who plays Jesus at a religious them park, Jews, Mormons and even a man who started his own religion having to do with weed. He doesn’t go into Buddhism or Hinduism (not clear why), but everything else is fair game to him. Whether it’s questioning a preacher about how he makes his money and why he is wearing gold to asking a man why he doesn’t kill himself if he believes he will go to a better place. There are a lot of funny moments and he makes some valid points.
This is a movie that will offend people though. Sometimes he makes fun of people by later adding text to the scene, editing out their responses or editing in awkward moments. It’s a way of showing things that reminded me a bit of the movies Sacha Baron Cohen has done, although he does asks questions that are a lot sharper and he doesn’t act like he doesn’t know. Not everyone will like this documentary, but I thought it was a very interesting watch. Sometimes it’s good if a movie questions things people take for granted. It has been the way forward in science, so why wouldn’t you be able to do the same for religion?