It is December 31, 1999 and New Year’s Eve takes on new meaning when the Devil, Jesus Christ, and Christ’s assistant Magdelina discuss and debate the end of the world, the opening of the seven seals, and the essence of being human…
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Childlike innocence is not a viable alternative to despair. ... walk to the place where the plane landed in Hudson . Meet a giant bunny who says: 83 years 15 days 6 hours 42 minutes 12 seconds. An airplane engine is hurtling through space and time towards your bedroom. Laugh so loud it makes people wonder what's so funny. Check in under Mr. and Mrs. D. W. Griffith. Trash the hotel. Let's get drunk on the minibar.
The movie had its moments of poignant reflection, but serving somewhat as a relic piece of the anxieties leading up to Y2K. So while it appealed to my nostalgia in evoking those memories, and offered some meaningful speculation of human relationship to their world and the divine, in general,one can't help but feel that it's stuck in its time.
The early digital gives this film an eerie atmosphere, filled with blurry and dreamy landscapes, intertwined with great acting and a very plausible plot, which makes an incredible dense and joyful film. Who can say, if Christ came back tro Earth, that he would'nt fall in love with us once again instead do juding humanity for its mistakes?
P.S.: The Devil's 'stand-up mic' confessions are just amazing.
So Jesus and Satan walk into a bar... stop me if you've heard this one before. ;-)
As other reviews have mentioned, the blurry camera affectation during the transitional scenes is more distracting than helpful. I get why it was used: to convey some sense of the unsettled, confusing, and jarring new millennium. Martin Donovan seems too nice as the Lord and Savior. Thomas Jay Ryan nails it as the Prince of Darkness.
Interesting use of early digital producing a sort of hazy rain-smeared windshield effect at times. Great performances all around. Dead-pan if somewhat sophomoric humor. Just long enough that it allows us to spend some time with the characters without overstaying its visit. Worth a watch.