Tuesday, 26 May 2009

It's all so Religulous

Documentary time, and you can get the basic idea when the title is easily explained (not in the movie) as a portmanteau of religion and ridiculous. Bill Maher's main point is that we need to outgrow religion before we destroy ourselves in its name (although he doesn't fully explain that point until the end). He does this by talking to various religious people and making fun of them.

Mainly by making rather cheap shots. There is a lot of editing in this movie, and I wonder just how many times their answers don't line up with the questions they were asked, and how many "embarrassing silences" are the product of plenty of spare footage lying around of them not saying anything. Not to mention many shots of other moments which reminded me of the Lord Privy Seal accusation leveled at Expelled.

Which isn't to say there aren't some accurate barbs in the film, where the interviewees put their own foot in their own mouths. (Such as a senator saying "You don't need to pass an IQ test to get into the Senate", and a Muslim pointing out that women are treated equally by indicating a woman praying in their own special corner.)

Certainly a quick paced 90 minute movie I enjoyed, but one with flaws and not for everyone.


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