ANGELS & DEMONS [ 2009 ], directed by #ronhoward .
A #sequel of sorts, to #danbrown ‘s other acclaimed work, #thedavincicode , #angelsanddemons ends up being slightly better due to a more grounded character work, dimensional storytelling, & less of them slick shots at the religion for the sake of dissonance in opinions.
Looking at it strictly as a follow up, it’s hard to tell just how well it holds up as a book adaptation, but within the boundaries of cinematic requirements, we get quite a watchable piece, which is very competent in its narrative, & does not cause contradictory feelings of ambiguity at every corner.
The character of Robert Langdon (#tomhanks ) doesn’t feel like a crucial centerpiece of the story no more, instead becoming the prevailing but not overwhelming figure in the plot.
Here he, once again, is summoned to help in the field of #symbolism , on the eve of the election of a new phateter in the #vatican , & it is not without the involvement of the mythical #illuminates , the secrets of whom he would have to figure out (uncovering another conspiracy along the way), before shit goes down, & candidates for the throne of the #roman Pope will be killed.
The film is undoubtedly clever (I guess, we have the source material to thank for that), it’s well shot & has multilateral meanings, but without any pronounced fanaticism of course (unlike it’s predecessor). It is well-casted too (aside from #hanks , we got #stellanskarsgard & #ewanmcgregor in supporting roles), with all them characters having a meaningful existence, & aren’t just there to keep Hanks company.
Of course, the ending would have benefited from being a bit more simple. If the film was to end, something like, half an hour earlier, story-wise - everything would have been more satisfactory. But not having a standard #hollywood ending, & instead - going for a more shocking revelation plot twist, was a rather creative move, & that definitely made it more interesting overall.
Anyways, this movie was surprisingly captivating (compared to the first one), & I found myself liking a lot more, & will score it a 7/10.
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