Angels and Demons (Devil’s Advocate Review)


Much to my dismay, a lot of what are viewed as Angels & Demons‘ short comings, coupled with comparisons to the book, actually lived up to the challenge that the conversion from book to film always loses.  Instead of following the complete translation of book to film basically word by word to preserve the essences (dude, look for another word besides “essences”) of Author Dan Brown’s masterpiece, Director Ron Howard decided to invoke a more updated and modernized conflict of the book’s basic plot. Even if the conflict is not page for page according to the book, they are similar none the less.

Yes, there are plot points much like the book and yes there are conflicts similar to the book, but the audience as a viewer, has to pay strong attention to what’s going on.  The film goes at a fast pace, from scene to scene, perhaps something you may find in a episode of 24 ( if you’re familiar with the show ).

The acting in the film is quite believable, lead by Tom Hanks who plays protagonist Professor Robert Langdon. It keeps you in suspense by making the audience believe that the hero does not always save the day.  And the antagonists, which I will not reveal for the sake of not spoiling the film, also keep the audience on edge.  It becomes a beautiful cat and mouse, game of chess, of who has the upper hand, an important (essence) Dan Brown is known for using in his books.

Angels & Demons is a different take on the book itself, but that does not necessarily mean it makes a film not worthy of viewing.  Regardless of any book that’s been scripted to film, the book will always be better.  So instead of following the book page by page or even emulating the author’s perspective, the film makers went with a more modernized conflict in order to fit the resolution in a film that comes in at  just over a 2 hours.

In reality, the movie itself has a fast pace, not giving the audience a chance to really enjoy the suspense. You do lose a lot, especially if there were corners cut to fit the time length in editing. For the most part,  you have to have read the book to get a good feel and keep with the pacing, something that may be difficult otherwise.

In reality, I give this film 1 out of 5 pitchforks for the above, stated reasons.

As the Devil’s Advocate, the fast pace and straight to the point plot keeps an attentive audience, on the edge of their seats.  I give it 3 out of 5 pitchforks.

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Posted on May 18, 2009, in DA Film Review and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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