I love it whenever the Catholic church is in any way discredited in any sort of public medium. This movie uses stunning sequences and painfully annoying music to convey a really interesting and thought-provoking message. Who needs church?The Good: Unfortunately i don't think i can tell you much of the plot without giving something away that is better experienced when you watch the movie. But to sum it up, a 23 year old athiest who enjoys her life (played by Patricia Arquette) experiences insane attacks by a demon that inflict on her the same 5 wounds jesus received during that whole crucifixtion deal. The catholic church sends a scientist/priest over to investigate. The wacky thing is that the "demon" is the good guy, depending on how you look at it. Yeah, i think that's all i can tell you, but rest assured there's a lot of cool surprises. I just really really liked the whole premise of the film.
The Bad: The soundtrack to Stigmata was done by Billy Corgan, lead of the smashing pumpkins. Its just loud and noisy most of the time. It fits the sequences perfectly but that doesn't mean i enjoyed it or that it was absolutely neccessary to the film to have such a huge impact. All the sequences where the wounds are inflicted on Frankie (the girl) are pretty graphic, with a LOT of fast cuts (edits, not slashes) whizzing by to the loud noisy music i just mentioned What's more is that they all pretty much come right out of nowhere, which is always kind of exciting when nothing is happening, then BOOM its loud and there's a bunch of stuff going by, but when it happens 6 or 7 times it starts getting kind of bothersome.
The Ugly: In big movies like Saving private ryan where people's limbs are getting blown off, i'm okay with that, hey, a limb is missing, no big deal. but if you show me a scene where someone is slashing up their arm with a kitchen knife real slow and there's blood everywhere, that's just gross. i can't help but feeling like its my arm being cut up, and while i'm normally all for movies that make you feel like you're a part of what's going on, i really really don't like being cut.I fully reccommend this movie to anyone with an open mind, and if you're some really religious person who gets offended easily when the huge flaws in your church are pointed out to you, just rent Air Bud or something. One star detracted for all the nasty stuff.