Writing from the outer banks in North Carolina (though not from the same location of Grady), I apologize for the gap between posts. I do not have ready access to my computer, and am having to break into the neighbors house and use theirs. But this means that much to me.
Last week the Trekkies went nuts over Star Trek, and it seems for good reason. I have heard very few negative comments about the movie and it seems to be a huge success financially and critically (96% Rotten Tomatoes, 8.6 IMDB, both impressive numbers).
This week gives us the third hopeful blockbuster of the season, Angels and Demons, starring Tom Hanks and directed by Ron Howard. It’s the sequel to The Da Vinci Code and based on Dan Brown’s novel (though the novel was, in fact, a prequel to The Da Vinci Code, so you readers don’t get too confused).
This movie actually looks quite good. Da Vinci was not terrible, I thought, but it certaintly was not the pinnacle of movie making. This is partly to blame on the story, it always worked more as a novel. However, even when I was reading the book, before the movies were in production, I thought Angels was the better novel, and would actually make a better movie. It has some great cinematic shots (I’m thinking of the four elemental deaths, mainly) and a murder mystery more suited for the silver screen.
It’s been a while, but I can give a decent synopsis of the plot. Structurally, it will be very similar to Da Vinci, and if you’ve read one of Dan Brown’s books you can pick out the bad guy as soon as he’s introduced. But basically, a recent scientific discovery at CERN has the catholic church and an ancient, secret organization in arms. The Illuminati seem to have resurfaced after centuries of dormancy, and now they’re killing Catholic Cardinals and threatening to blow up the world with a dangerous bomb made of anti-matter (wikipedia it, for those not familiar with modern physics voo-doo). This is all happening in the period of mourning for the death of the pope, and the selecting of the next. Those Cardinals that keep dying are, naturally, the front runners for the position. Robert Langdon (Hanks) is asked to help solve the case, despite recently accusing the Catholic Church of keeping secret the bloodline of Jesus Christ and the love affair he had with Mary Magdalen. Oh, you crazy symbologists, always getting tangled up in huge church conspiracies.
Needless to say, plot twists and betrayels and secret agendas abound. It should be an exciting thriller, hopefully better than its predecessor. Early buzz isn’t fantastic, but it’s still part of a well liked series. In fact, the third movie has already been contracted, and the third book isn’t even finished yet. However, the church has deemed this movie harmless after being up in arms over the first one. Bad news, since controversy only pushes people to watch the movie. Apparently killing future popes isn’t as blaspheming as claiming Christ was not a virgin. But I’ll definitely see it, and so will a lot of other people, I just imagine it to be a weaker summer release then the ones we’ve seen this far.
Says one viewer, “It was really great. Tom Hanks’ hair didn’t distract me at all. It looked like normal hair, rather than a greased up ferret. I was able to follow the story and not wonder who thought it was a good idea for his hair to look like that. But I don’t get what that anti-matter stuff is.”
Okay, so I made that up.
Excitement buzz: 7.2/10