Angels & Demons
Angels & Demons, the bestselling novel by Dan Brown has been adapted for the big screen.
The film brings Tom Hanks back as Professor Robert Langdon, the “Symbologist” who is trying to save the world. However, an entirely new set of costars is cast since The Da Vinci Code: Ayalet Zurer, Ewan McGregor, and Stellan Skarsgard.
Although the book was written and the events within take place prior to the events in Dan Brown’s other bestseller, The Da Vinci Code, the film adaptation of Angels & Demons was the opposite. Director Ron Howard (who also directed the film adaptation of The Da Vinci Code) chose to alter the setting of the film, so that it takes place after the events of TDVC, since it was released in 2006.
Excusing time constraints, the film is fairly true to the book. Of course there are some extra explosions in the film and it lacks a significant amount of detail that can’t very well be portrayed in the film, but the plot stays intact.
Basic Plot: Langdon tries to save the Vatican from complete annihilation before the clock strikes midnight.
Since I read the book, I feel like the movie wasn’t gripping enough for me to enjoy. It’s almost as if Mr. Howard wanted to stay so true to the book, he forgot that there still had to be some suspense.
Angels & Demons was a faster and more visually appealing way to recollect the events of the book.
However, if you really enjoyed the book, it’s a quick read, so I suggest simply re-reading it.
If you haven’t read the book (and aren’t planning on it), maybe this film is for you! It is full of explosions, death, and some more revealing scenes than I have seen in a film in a while. Not to mention, all the awesome Italian accents…
I’ll give it a thumbs up. I didn’t dislike it.