May 17, 2009

Angels & Demons, a review


So, we just got back from viewing the new movie starring Tom Hanks and Ewan McGregor, Angels & Demons (directed by Ron Howard).

I loved it! I did not have the occasion to see Davinci Code, however when I saw that Ewan McGregor was in this sequel, I thought I could probably spring for a ticket. *smile*

Here is the synopsis:
It revolves around the quest of fictional Harvard University symbologist Robert Langdon to uncover the mysteries of a secret society called the Illuminati and to unravel a plot to annihilate Vatican City using destructive antimatter. The book uses the idea of a historical conflict between science and religion, particularly that between the Illuminati and the Roman Catholic Church.

The novel introduces the character Robert Langdon, who is also the protagonist of Brown's subsequent 2003 novel, The Da Vinci Code. It also shares many stylistic elements with its sequel, such as conspiracies of secret societies, a single-day time frame, and the Catholic Church. Ancient history, architecture, and symbolism are also heavily referenced throughout the book. An eponymous film adaptation was released on May 15, 2009.

So, I think you will like this movie:

...if you are a fan of Tom Hanks and/or Ewan McGregor. I think they both gave wonderful performances. Tom Hanks, a long-time favorite actor of mine, did not disappoint with his delivery of the character Robert Langdon. Mr. McGregor, who is oh-so-easy on the eyes, was stellar in convincing me that he was indeed a good guy.

...if you liked National Treasure, Indiana Jones and basically any adventure movie - it was a rockin' ride! It was intense from the start to the finish - very believable with no corny jokes or puns to break the tension (thankfully!). And, I was pleased that they didn't muck up the story with a stress-induced romance.

...if you are interested in church history, theology and intrigue of the Catholic Church. Fascinating!

...if you like movies with no sexual overtones or scenes. None in this flick. Also, no horrid language, which is refreshing. I'm sure the PG-13 rating is for violence, as there is definitely death involved.

...if you are drawn to conspiracy theories - you'll love this one!

Might have to buy this one when it comes out on DVD, I think.

3 comments:

Ari C'rona said...

Great assessment, my friend! Thanks for the ride! :o)

Mole said...

Well, all five of your "if's" add up pretty favorably, my friend. ;-) Thanks for the review.

Hendel D'bu said...

just went to see it again (at the $2 theater) last Wednesday - it's awesome! Just love it...will have to purchase the DVD when it comes available. :-)