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Angels and Demons; ...not as bad as I expected
Topic Started: May 25 2009, 10:32 AM (399 Views)
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I kinda liked it, although I hated The Da Vinci Code. The plot has holes you could drive a herd of elephants through, and the ending is a massive cheat, but it's much more well-paced than most Ron Howard pictures, and it's even exciting in places. You guess the bad guy halfway through, but then the movie keeps giving you reasons why he it can't be him, along with hints that it is -- so you keep thinking, maybe the twist will be that it's somebody else. Kept me, well, not guessing exactly, but not sure either. The whole movie could be described as the biggest red herring since The Usual Suspects, so if that's what you enjoy, by all means see this. Rome looks great in color, and the Fathers of the Church are treated with surprising respect. It's pretty serial-like for a mainstream picture, especially because the bad guy's scheme makes zero sense, and even if it did, is too risky. Good popcorn flick. Three stars.
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I read THE DAVINCI CODE and found it to be enjoyable, if badly written, pulp. I could not get through the movie version.

I have ANGELS & DEMONS, haven't read yet, but I am glad to hear the movie version will be fun, at least.

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Surprisingly fun movie. Beautiful locales, interesting plot and execution. The filmmaking gives you the impression the story is more exciting than it is if you analyze it. Just go with the flow and you'll enjoy it. It's a puzzler with deathtraps. I'd give it 3 out of 4 stars.
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Review from a friend of mine:

I loved the movie last night. You need to understand, I wouldn't go see the DaVinci Code and thought that was the weakest (and last) of the four books I read by Dan Brown. This book might be my favorite. I have long loved the pageantry and ritual of the Catholic Church. I have always seen the church as flawed by the frailties of man, but am in awe of the history that is preserved by the Vatican. I know this is fiction, but with enough factual data used to make the book interesting.
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Yep, I'll go with that. Funny thing: the Duchess and I were in Rome two summers ago and went to almost all the locations they used in the movie. Made it tremendous fun.

I agree: it's about the first pro-Catholic movie I ever saw. and that's cool. I know a lot of extremely nice, dedicated and idealistic people who work for the church, especially Jesuits, and the abuse they endure is sickening.
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May 25 2009, 10:56 AM
I read THE DAVINCI CODE and found it to be enjoyable, if badly written, pulp. I could not get through the movie version.

I have ANGELS & DEMONS, haven't read yet, but I am glad to hear the movie version will be fun, at least.

I've not read any of the books, but have seen all three movies - the first one is the best.
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