Hi, we're the non-denominational Christian-like angels with plausible deniability just in case, you know, you don't swing that way - religion wise.
Being a life time non-theist (is that the right word these days? I swear every time I turn around it changes - I like good ol' fashion heretic myself), I've often found myself on the outskirts of religion much in the same way my Canadian brethren might find themselves feeling like a dog gazing through the window at overt Americanism. However, as much as I don't connect with religion, I find the new-age efforts at finding a happy medium far more annoying. From films like The Book of Eli to Adjustment Bureau, and even the first Chronicles of Narnia, there seems a strong trend in Hollywood to skirt any direct references to religion by denying their direct references to religion. "Are you angels?" "Cough, well, you know some people might say that, but I mean, you know, that's just *cough cough* what they say?"
To me it feels a bit like I'm being sold a used car from a shady dealer with a top hat, three gold rings, slick black peppered gray hair, and crazy Bill Paxton eyes (True Lies - represent *insert cool gang sign here*). And for some reason I find that almost insulting. As if they're afraid of their own religion. Now I don't hate religion, nor do I really care for it, but if you're going to take the time to draw most all the lines in the sand, go the whole 8 yards. I say eight, because if you go nine you end up with crap like this - and nobody wants that. Well, I say nobody....
Still, religion has never stopped me from liking a movie before. I've never watched It's a Wonderful Life and gone "this whole angel bit is stupid - why didn't he just meet a vaguely alien man with seemingly omniscient capabilities and wings but without a name or any form of identification!?" Mostly because if I did that, I would look like an idiot. And to be honest Hollywood, that's what you seem like to me. You've always been overtly Christian (especially that one time you made Keanu Reeves THE Buddha - talk about your low blows) much in the same way that you love to proudly wave the American flag - once for every twelve product placements I believe is the formula they go by these days - and so I'm OK with that. And if you want to make a movie completely void of religion, I'm fine with that too. But please, enough with the 'kinda-sorta-not really-but most definitely is' religion stuff. It's driving me bonkers.
Uni, over and out.