If the ambition is to provide two hours of instantly forgettable, popcorn-munching escapism, it succeeds.
I wanted to like it more than I actually did... But much of the humor totally escaped me and I walked out only mildly impressed.
This movie feels like it was made purely to piss off people who want good shows
It is a whirlwind of delight --- attractive actors, stunning couture, spectacular sets and outrageous parties. It's a feast for the eyes. But what really makes this dramedy work is the acting.
I must begin this review by stating that I have not read this novel. However, I suspect that it's source material is one of this film's greatest aids as the strongest aspect of it is definitely the story.The plot involves a plan to murder four Vatican cardinals and effectively destroy the Catholic Church. Robert Langdon follows a path of clues in an effort to save the cardinals and the Church. This story sets itself up for constant intensity as you know that there are always lives on the line. It also takes place in just about 12 hours with very urgent pacing, making the narrative even more of a ticking clock.In addition, I enjoy Langdon's knowledge and how he is able to piece together the clues and follow the path. It's interesting and you constantly want to know more.Besides the wonderful and involved story, the picture also boasts impressive performances from its cast. I have yet to discover a bad Tom Hanks performance, and here he brings a definite sense of knowledge and urgency. Meanwhile, Stellan Skarsgård and Ewan McGregor bring necessary depth to their characters as you find out that they are not what they appear to be.Hans Zimmer's score is loud and epic. It adds gravity and weight to some of the film's most important moments and lightens up for the rare quiet moments.Ron Howard directs the piece with a very large scope and tries his hardest to make the story seem large and important. Given how intense most of the film is, this is a wise decision that really helps the audience understand how vital everything is. It's a double-edged sword, however, as Howard's direction is also the biggest flaw of the movie. It doesn't occur often, but there are some scenes which should be quieter and more reserved, but which come off as overly bombastic due to his frenetic direction. This only happens in perhaps two scenes, though.All in all, I greatly enjoy this film. I find it interesting and intense throughout, and the involved plotline is always moving. As a work of entertainment, I definitely recommend it.
The only thing I like about this movie is it serves as the perfect example of what's wrong with contemporary Hollywood movie-making. The story is so completely ridiculous and implausible and yet is played with such deadly earnestness that I didn't know whether to laugh or throw up. From beginning to end the audience is treated with such disdain and contempt that it's obvious Ron Howard and crew assume American moviegoers are the stupidest people on the planet (which, unfortunately is probably true given this film's rating on IMDb). SPOILER: a dead eyeball will not clear a retina scanner! And the fact that all these inane goings-on so obviously cost millions and millions of dollars to create just highlights the vacuity and pointlessness of the whole adventure. Sadly depressing.
This is being unfairly maligned by critics. This is at once more thrilling and more involving than The Da Vinci Code was, and Ron Howard's direction is more surefooted and fast-paced here. Visually gorgeous. By streamlining the novel's narrative, the film loses much (but not all) of the science vs. faith dichotomy that gave the book its weight. As it is, the film version ofAngels and Demons makes for a very entertaining thriller.Some of the dialogue is poor, you have to suspend disbelief the way you would for a James Bond or Indiana Jones movie, and keep in mind that this is historical fiction (emphasis on fiction). If you can do that, this is a blast. Ewan McGregor rocks. Be warned, it is violent and intense, and pushes that PG-13 boundary. My grade: B+
Laughably dumb. One of the most idiotic films based on an equally lame and childish book. People just keep pulling crap out of their behinds in this incredibly stupid film.But maybe the fault lies in the asinine book written by Dan Brown.Bad history. Bad research. Bad premise.Why anyone would pay money to read the trip e written by Brown is beyond me. But I expect much more from Ron Howard and Tom Hanks. Pitiful garbage.Avoid this stink-burger at all costs.