Movie Review — Angels and Demons

by Ryan on May 17, 2009

in Culture,Pop Culture,Religion

I’m generally not a big fan of Ron Howard, but occasionally I’ll indulge in one of the remarkably formulaic movies he directs.  Angels and Demons was one of them that I indulged in and generally enjoyed. 

With all the anti-Catholic buzz surrounding The DaVinci Code a few years back, I thought I’d have to see Angels and Demons in order to appropriately respond if asked about this new movie.  I never read the book, but hear that it’s much better than The DaVinci Code.  I can also attest that while not outstanding in its presentation on film, it looked like it makes a great novel.  I liked this film better than The DaVinci Code.

Dan Brown brought up the bloodline of Jesus in The DaVinci Code, which is a work of fiction with a few real names thrown in to advance a theory with an exciting plot.  There is no evidence that Jesus and Mary Magdalene got busy and had kids or that DaVinci was part of a line of people protecting that secret.  Relax. 

In Angels and Demons, the Illuminati’s power and scope is also fictional.  However, the plot did not mess with Christ Himself, merely focusing on some actions of the church a few hundred years ago.  It’s more interesting than controversial.  Unlike The DaVinci Code, I was not rolling my eyes every 35 seconds with ridiculous claims which some college-aged ex-Catholic granola-crunchers were snarkily concurring with — as if to say “I told you so” to the few Catholics in the audience.  In this new film, whenever science vs. religion was brought up, only about half the time did I roll my eyes and I must say that the audience behaved themselves. 

The film, theory and plot twists were much more interesting in Angels and Demons than The DaVinci Code.  While Ron Howard directed predictably, the pacing was good, and the plot twists definitely kept one interested in where the film was going.  I did not think that the film was anti-Catholic, but an argument could be made that it was pro-secularist.  That being said, it was pretty entertaining with great shots of Vatican City, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Square.  Tom Hanks was OK, but Ewan McGregor was very good.  I’d give it a B-/C+.  Put another director in charge of that material and this could have been better.

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rightonoz May 18, 2009 at 9:00 pm

I wasn’t going to, but now I will go see it.

Have always enjoyed Ewan since the Long Way Round and Down series. apart from being an OK actor, he came across as a top guy. An actor with a concience and not totally up himself.

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