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Able ([personal profile] able) wrote2009-06-20 10:52 pm

6. open the doors

I went and saw Angels and Demons by myself at 11:5 PM one Sunday evening.  Only two other men were in the theater, and it was a tiny theater, but still a lot of breathing space.  I like to sit in the far back, center if possible, in the theaters. It gives a great view of the screen so I don't have to kill my eyes unlike the poor folks who choose to smack dead center in the first row inside the theater.

Why I choose this movie...
  • I had nothing better to do at midnight
  • Tom Hanks*, Stellan Skarsgård, and Ewan McGregor were all in it. All three are exceptional actors but showed flaws in the movie
  • Ron Howard is one of my favorite directors
  • I had to see if it was better than The Da Vinci Code

My thoughts, and I do have them...

Tom swimming laps..ROFL. Alright, so he's getting in shape. But then making the little comment about Claudio Vincenzi's briefcase just made me laugh. How very nerdy of a symboligist to point out the symbols wherever he sees them.  [Hmm, let me just tell you the history of this symbol because I know you don't care] My favorite part was when he was talking with Lieutenant Valenti about Pius IX's "Great Casteration" and when Langdon was asked if he was anti-Catholic, his response "No. I'm anti-vandalism" was funny.

The scene where Langdon was trying to get the fourth cardinal out of the fountain did make me cry. If I was in that scene, I would have slapped every person who ignored Langdon's screaming. Seriously, what you do when you hear some scream "HELP!"? That's right, see what is on the apetizer menu and go about your own business.

I liked the actor who played Strauss. Very well performed. I recently saw him in The International; not his best work in that movie.

I felt the casting director did a poor job in picking Ewan McGregor as the Camerlengo. I mean, really, it was obvious he was the traitor.  At least the book gave you a shock about who brought back the Illuminate. The movie, you already knew, even if you didn't read the book. Why do movie makers feel the need to pick well-known names to place as the enemies? If an unknown name had been choosen for this character, I would have enjoyed it more. Maybe...

Hearing Stellan Skarsgård's norwigen accent coming out was cute.  Just the way he said "so you created an old advestairy - the Illuminate". If you have seen the movie, you would know what I'm talking about.

The scene where Langdon is trying to convince the two policemen about taking him to the fourth marker to save the fourth cardinal was pretty good. The little pause between his lines was akward, but still alright. He should have just screamed off the top of his lungs to them.

Seeing Vittoria ripping out the page of the pamplet was heart-breaking.  If I ever had something as valuable as that, I'd keep it away from her. I gasped when she did that.

When they discover the anti-matter canister under the church, it was obvious that the Camerlengo put it there. But what was stupid was the fact that Vottoria said "it's really cold down here, isn't it?" Do you think? You're feet below the church? What did you expect? 75 degress, drapes, carpetted floors, and leather furniture? Yeah, what was that all about?

The overall picture was beautiful. I loved how they showed papal conclave. Pssh Ewan, you forgot to call out the your father's name as you destroyed the Ring of the Fisherman.

Favorite quotes

Langdon: Oh geez, you guys don't even read your own history do you?

Really, that was hillarious. Of all countries that should know at least the historical facts of their faith, the Italians (or the characters in Angels and Demons fail at this.

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Camerlengo: Do you believe in God, sir?
Langdon: Father, I simply believe that religion...
Camerlengo: I did not ask if you believe what man says about God. I asked if you believe in God.
Langdon: I'm an academic. My mind tells me I will never understand God.
Camerlengo: And your heart?
Langdon: Tells me I'm not meant to. Faith is a gift that I have yet to receive.

[Very nicely said, Tom. However, where in the book did you say this? Hmm..that's right, you didn't say it at all!! Vittoria actually says this:

Science tells me God must exist. My mind tells me I will never understand God. And my heart tells me I am not meant to.

Damn writers need to add the goods to the correct characters in the movies. AH! ]

Overall rating

3.5 / 5

Yay for originality
Boo for poor cast selecting (sorry to McGregor and Zurer).

Was it better than The Da Vinci Code?

I think it's a tie.  I think the cast was better selected in The Da Vinci Code (with McKellen, Bettany, and Tautou), but given the fact that I'm Catholic and I DO know the difference between fiction and non-fiction, I have some personal disputes about the story of Mary (the prostitute). Angels and Demons was better, as far as the story is concerned. I'll let you be the judge of this question.