I probably shouldn’t be surprised, but I am.
Last fall I saw a trailer for a new movie that’s coming out next week called Legion, in which Michael the archangel defends humanity against the armies of (good?) angels which God has sent to wipe out humanity. Here’s the plot summary from Wikipedia:
“After God loses faith in humanity, the archangel Michael (Paul Bettany), who has become a fallen angel, is the only one standing between mankind and Armageddon. This time using angels to execute the Last Judgment, God’s wrath descends on Earth to exterminate the world’s population. In a desperate, last-chance gambit, Michael leads a group of strangers to a small New Mexico diner to protect a young waitress who may be pregnant with Christ in his second coming.”
I’m just dumbfounded by the complete inversion of reality here. Michael is, I guess, a fallen angel, but he’s fighting for humanity against God. And God wants to wipe out humanity, but Jesus is about to be born again??? If you watch the trailer (or the even worse, R-rated extended version), you’ll see how God’s angels (the good angels? Or are they bad?) are portrayed in a manner I’d describe as demonic, certainly not angelic. And I haven’t even mentioned the fact that you can kill these angels (who scurry up walls and along ceilings, and whose arms and jaws extend unnaturally) with a shotgun blast. Because they have bodies, you know.
I guess having humanity fight demons is too cliche, so Hollywood had to develop this little twist, but it’s so ridiculous! As I said, I know I shouldn’t be surprised, but I am.