Friday, May 15, 2009

Box Office Review - Angels and Demons

I made a statement before I went into the screening for this that even if Ron Howard butchered the novel Angels and Demon it would still be better than the film version of The Davinci Code. I am officially retracting that statement and moving to a monastery where I will live a life of silence for the rest of my life. Tom Hanks plays the main character Robert Langdon, a human being that seems incapable of not saying what he is thinking. Honestly, he is up there with Jar Jar Binks as one of the most annoying screen characters. To not spoil the movie for anyone (that would be wrong) I will not quote anything that he says, but be warned it will make you want to shove napkins in your ears. The film is so codescending towards the audience that it as if it is saying the story is to complicated for you stupid people, so will just hold your hand and walk you through it. The thing is, the story is easy to follow. The basic plot involves a plan by the Illuminati to blow up the Vatican using Anti-Matter. Joining Hanks are Ewan McGregor, Stellan Skarsgard, Armin Mueller-Stahl, and Aylet Zurer. Apart from Armin Mueller-Stahl everyone is rather bad. I do not fault Aylet Zurer as her character Vittoria Vetra (the supposed female lead) was under developed, and was only there to explain the science of anti-matter. The special effects were horrible, and with many wide shots of a cg Vatican City it was very noticeable. Ron Howard does nothing interesting with his directing, and it seems that he is just in it for the money (everyone needs to get paid once in a while). There is nothing that I particularly liked about the film. I am going to try to attempt to think of something good to say ......... nope nothing. The film has a runtime of 138 minute. 138 minutes of boredom and despair. 138 minutes of bad storytelling, bad acting, and bad special effects. You have been warned.

A Banana Peel

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