Angels & Demons (2009)

Layout 1“Religion is flawed because man is flawed. ” – Cardinal Strauss

Number of Times Seen – 2  (30 Aug 2009 and 23 Nov 2014)

Brief Synopsis – After the Pope dies and 4 potential successors are kidnapped, the Church calls upon Robert Langdon to help solve the mysteries.

My Take on it – Last week, I review The Da Vinci Code (2006) for Cara’s Nooovember 2014 (Thanks again Cara) stating that my biggest gripe was how unfaithful the original cut of the movie was to the novel.  Subsequently, the extended cut includes many key elements that were originally missing which helped it be more enjoyable to me.

A number of commenters discussed the sequel and whether it was more or less faithful to the original source material, so I decided to watch this again to help refresh my memory.

I actually enjoyed this one this time a bit more than the first one and interestingly enough, I also felt the same way about the books.

As many of you are aware this book came out first, but only when The Da Vinci Code novel came out did Dan Brown become a household name.

I found the pace of this book (and movie) to be much more interesting and engaging than TDC and thankfully they let Langdon get a haircut and took away that hideous Pompadour.

This adaptation is far from perfect; many characters are amalgamated together, the love story aspect is missing and they even changed nationalities of numerous characters.  None of that matters much because they were able to actually weave together a pretty good thrilling and mysterious tale that works much better than TDC did.

Hanks feels more comfortable in Langdon’s shoes and I’m sure that the fact that this is his first live action sequel had something to do with his ability to re-slip back into the character.  I;m looking forward to seeing the thrid part when they finally decide to make it.

I know some of you will want to crucify me for liking this, but oh well, that’s part of the theme of the story here anyway 🙂

Bottom Line – Adequate adaptation that could have been better, but still maintains much of the thrills and mystery of the book.  Hanks does a better and more believable job as Langdon here, showing he is more comfortable with the part.  Recommended!

Rating – Globe Worthy


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9 thoughts on “Angels & Demons (2009)

  1. Nice one Rob. Yep, I find this one completely inoffensive and fun popcorn entertainment. Im sure hardcore fans of the book are going to roll their eyes to that comment, but I don’t give a damn. I liked this a lot.


  2. Great work Rob. Honestly, I have tried numerous times to watch this as well as The Da Vinci Code, and I have not made it through either. I found them to be exceptionally bad and awful adaptions of the books. Meh.


  3. Need to re-visit this. I recall enjoying it and I tried my hand at the novel at one point but never finished it (not because it was bad, though). Thanks for the review, Rob. Nice job!


  4. I’m glad you liked this a little better than Da Vinci Code at least! I liked the movie okay, but I really do enjoy the book–better than the Da Vinci Code book, as a matter of fact. After Angels and Demons, the stories all seemed pretty meh. The Da Vinci Code is controversial, sure, but I wasn’t blown away by the story. Have you read The Lost Symbol or Inferno? The Lost Symbol was kind of ridiculous, and I couldn’t even make it through Inferno… :/ Wow, this turned into a book rant pretty fast, huh? Lol.


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