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Young Creatives Blog
Wednesday 3 February 2016
God exists, and he’s the original internet troll
God exists, and he’s the original internet troll. Filling his time with watching WWE repeats and sitting behind a computer ruining people’s days, God is more akin to a 15 year-old boy with a YouTube account than our blessed Lord and Saviour. He also lives with a wife who’s too afraid to speak up and a daughter who’s finally realised that enough is enough, deciding to leave her rubbish home situation (as her brother did) and write her very own version of events. But when leaving, she goes and pulls a leak better than Assange could’ve hoped: everybody’s date of death, sent straight to their phones. If the plot sounds far-fetched, it’s for a reason. It’s as if the Monty Python crew met up with Mel Brooks for drinks and headed to Charlie Kaufman’s to continue the party, and in the morning they looked back on their phones to find their night turned out like this.
It seems the writers of this film have dreamt for a long time on what it’d be like to play God. Much of the film’s laughs come from its clever absurdist take on the Bible. The creativity on display makes The Brand New Testament far and away the quirkiest film of this PIAF season to date. The daughter’s mission to find six different Apostles to write the brand New Testament will raise eyebrows. Each Apostle is unique but ultimately united by themes of death, love, childhood and following your heart. That might sound like the tagline for every family drama ever, but with the Apostle’s fascination ranging between sex, murder and a huge gorilla, things get interesting.
Each Apostle’s story is given devout attention, but, ironically it’s God and his daughter’s relationship that’s missing any faith, a relationship that could’ve been the beating heart of this film. Surely God sometimes gets tired of being a total sadist? No? The relationship is instead background noise to keep the plot pumping along, and the ending is just cute, minus the clever. I was left wondering why God couldn’t have sorted out his mess in ten minutes if it was going to end like that.
Comedy is at its best when being used to remove power imbalances between people. Nothing’s better than seeing the powerful laugh at themselves; so in the current context of world events and religion, this movie is a charming antidote.
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