Angels and Demons
Angels and Demons – Movie Review
Tom Hanks reprises his role as Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon in “Angels & Demons”, based on the bestselling novel by Dan Brown. When Langdon discovers evidence of the resurgence of an ancient secret brotherhood known as the Illuminati — the most powerful underground organization in history — he also faces a deadly threat to the existence of the secret organization’s most despised enemy: the Catholic Church.
“Angels and Demons” is from the same team that did the “DaVinci Code”: Ron Howard directs Dan Brown’s book, but also Tom Hanks is in it. Thank goodness he got his haircut. This is a far superior movie to the “DaVinci Code”, although it’s still dark and still vaguely improbable. The music is wonderful. Hans Zimmer gets to do his Gregorian chants. If you read the book, then the movie will not come as much of a surprise. Mercifully, I read the book years ago, so I didn’t remember all of it. It’s a great cast, but if I tell you too much about the cast, you’ll figure out the plot. Yeah, it’s one of those Hollywood movies where you figure, hmm depending on the casting, this is what is going to happen. The idea is that somehow there is a plot that Tom has to uncover. We get to see him coming out of a pool at Harvard. Hmmm, he’s buffed up. Does the movie make any sense? No, not at all. But, is it a fun romp? It really is. If you’ve ever wondered what goes on inside the Vatican, you may or may not know from this movie. But, it’s a perfect summer movie. It is a bit mindless, and I believe it’s illogical, somewhat improbable, but fun to watch. It’s a little long. It’s two hours and eighteen minutes. But, you’ll be entertained for the large majority of it. So go, and have a great time figuring out whether you’re an “Angel or a Demon”. Well, we already know what you are. Three stars.