Thursday, 25 June 2009

Angels and Demons (2009)

I will admit it from the start, I have a major problem with Dan Brown, when I first read “The DaVinci Code” the cinematic prequel and the novel Sequel to “Angels and Demons” I was blown away. Wonderful idea layered upon wonderful idea emerged into the light. Some of the weaker points were forgiven. With the exposure to his earlier novel one thing became apparent. Brown is a poor novelist.

Let me defend my statement a little. Dans books are good, they are enjoyable and they are the closest I have seen to a concept novel. The Langdon stories are almost history books and entertain for that very reason but unfortunately for me this is lost in the transition to big screen.

The very thing that makes Dan enjoyable to read cannot easily be transferred to the big screen. I find that this is the inherent fault in the otherwise enjoyable film Angels and Demons. The plot underlying the central concepts is, like most of Mt Browns work, very thin indeed.

  • Have a threat ( a secret society maybe like Opus Dei or The Illuminati)
  • Follow some clues
  • A glamorous sidekick
  • A traitor within
  • A plot twist involving aforesaid traitor, normally a person held in absolute trust.
  • Weave in some historical references.

That's not to say its not a reasonable story but without the crux of the Ambigrams, the architectural intimations and just general life background that is missing from the film it was bound to miss with some people and unfortunately I am one. vlcsnap-1811708

Music, lighting direction are all flawless but it feels like the story is a balloon and balanced on the central unfeasible premise of an antimatter bomb it is destined to be lacking by the time you have laboured to the ending. Then it is a shock to realise that it isn’t the ending. There is more to come and none of it particularly surprising if you know Dans plots.

Sorry but it didn’t do half as much for me as the book did and this is, as I've said, wholly down to Browns storytelling. Nice but no cigar.

Paul Out

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