Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Angels and Demons...

[Friday, May 15, 2009]

We just got back from seeing the movie version of Angels & Demons, Directed by Ron Howard. It was extremely well-done and was fairly faithful to the story line in the book, although some liberties were taken, as might be expected. Tom Hanks was very good again as Robert Langdon, Ayelet Zurer as Vittoria Vetra. and Ewan McGregor as the 'bad guy' priest.◊

This was action-packed and moved smoothly from the intro to the ending.
Some aspects of the story line were adapted to make the movie flow better with less tangential stories to confuse those who have not read the book. I was totally absorbed in the action and could not think of anything else for the two hours and twenty minutes the movie ran. I want to see it again in a few days to check out some sequences that I apparently didn't observe closely enough. While this book was, in fact, a prequel to The DaVinci Code, the movie included a nice set of references to position it as a sequel to that block-buster movie. Nice job of screen writing!◊

I would encourage you to consider seeing this movie. Some critics have rated it as so-so, but I think that they are wrong. It neither bashes the Catholic Church or praises it, but treats its traditions as one of the actors in the movie.◊

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