The Brand New Testament (2015) - Comedy, Fantasy

Hohum Score

80

Boring

Did you know that God is alive and lives in Brussels with his daughter?

IMDB: 7.1
Director: Jaco Van Dormael
Stars: Pili Groyne, Benoît Poelvoorde
Length: 114 Minutes
PG Rating: N/A
Reviews: 11 out of 48 found boring (22.91%)

One-line Reviews (27)

It sounded to me like it had potential, but the blatant propaganda that runs throughout the film is actually overwhelming enough to have made me skip through scenes.

The movie has countless whimsical, beautiful scenes, but they're empty.

Unexpected treat .

A lot of European films seem to celebrate the sad, eclectic banality of ordinary people, and this was no exception.

I highly recommend it to anyone who loves intelligent, absurdist comedy in the vein of 'Life of Brian' or 'South Park' and doesn't get easily offended.

I watch and I think aloud, "This is what Hollywood should aspire to: Intellectual, entertaining, funny, absurd and magical well-crafted filmmaking.

In an unexpected confrontation between father and daughter, in the end who is going to be victorious is the rest of the narration.

I saw this on Amazon Prime on a slow afternoon and as a fan of religious satire I thought I'd give it a go, or at least check out the first few minutes...

*** WARNING: some SPOILERS FROM THIS POINT ***Sure the initial setup, with "God" sitting at his computer, trying out stuff, being a 100 percent bad guy, is just too cliché-esque.

From extreme wide shots, extreme close-ups, dutch angles, shallow focus, split diopter, lateral tracking shots, cg aided compositing, miniatures, the mundane and miraculous...

Along with writer Thomas Gunzig, the films intriguing twists and turns keep the audience engaged and smiling, and Catherine Deneuve appearance is a hoot.

The Brand New Testament (French: Le Tout Nouveau Testament) (2015) Director: Jaco Von Dormael Watched: 9/30/18 Rating: 7/10 ****Spoilers**** The God Father starts absurdly well, but harsh dark humor gets old; propaganda-filled.

Either way, it is very entertaining and enjoyable to watch.

When his bored and concerned daughter Ea, runs away from home to re-edit his creation as advised by her brother JC, he goes after her to ensure everything stay as he had planned.

God is testy, abusive to his wife and daughter, plays tricks to human beings through his omnipotent computer simply out of boredom.

And even though Poelvoorde isn't really the main character of the story, while he's God, the movie is more than enjoyable to watch.

The God character was awesome, even though his acts are predictable I enjoyed the comedies delivered by him.

It's slow and dreadfully paced.

God is a self-centered sadistic bully who, out of sheer boredom, created people to torture them.

There is tons of anti-Christian, anti-spiritual, pro-gay, pro trans-gender and beyond propaganda.

The main character is underdeveloped, thus her journey at some point becomes repetitive and even though it is visually interesting, story-wise it is boring-ish.

One example of those laws is 'Your phone will always ring when you are immersed in bathtub.

The story moves along mechanically like a day at school, everything is beautiful but telegraphed and ultimately pointless.

The design of Ea's six disciples is to encourage ourselves to be more communicative, to open up instead of indulging in one's own propensities, and to pursue what our hearts really crave for (a repetitive troupe of a theme song for every soul).

Prepubescent kids kiss on camera, and basically the satanic propaganda message is presented in it's full glory.

The problem I had with the film is that the fun and the jokes, as imaginative and creative as they are, become a bit tiresome after you realize the story behind it all is really very thin.

The most evocative is the matured beauty Catherine Deneuve who escapes her cold tyrant husband first with a rent boy and then, more rewardingly, with a loving gorilla.