Angels & Demons (2009 movie)

17 Again PosterMy husband and I went to the first showing today and we both enjoyed it.  We also both thought it was much better than The Da Vinci Code (movie), mainly because it moved at a brisk pace.  Of course, this fast pace made light of every event in the book.  I found the scenes that were the most detailed were ones not in the book at all!

Anyway, you know right from the first scene with Robert Langdon that the movie is not going to follow the book.  After the first scene I turned to my husband and commented that they skipped a good fourth or fifth of the book right from the get go.  And the changes did not stop there.  It would be quicker to tell you what was the same as opposed to what was different from the book.  But, I just the read the book this year so it was fresh in my mind.

But, the movie was good.  I loved the Italy backdrop and enjoyed revisiting the country we just visited last year.  Made me want to go back, but that’s a different post.  I will say without giving too much away that I disliked the ending of the movie.  To me, the book was so much better and there was no reason to change it.  My husband said the change was due to a time crunch, but I believe they made a story choice and I did not like it!

So, if you liked the Da Vinci Code or liked the book, I think you will like the movie.  Tell me what you think after you see it!  Or, you can leave a comment just to say hi:)

7 thoughts on “Angels & Demons (2009 movie)

  1. Tonya says:

    I just saw it tonight. It’s been years since I read the book so I couldn’t remember what was different but I did know they were leaving out A LOT. I knew right away the ending was different but funny enough I couldn’t say why! I just knew that a certain thing that happens didn’t happen in the book (don’t want to spoil it). I couldn’t remember what actually did happen though. Jeez, what a bad reader I am! I have to go read the book again.

  2. Chris in Chicago says:

    I read the book two months ago, in preparation of the movie release, so the storyline was fresh in my mind. I was very upset at the drastic changes that Ron Howard and Akiva Goldsman decided were necessary to make the movie more enjoyable for mass audiences. Complete storylines were omitted or changed, and thus, several characters as well. The movie would have been enjoyable if I had not read the book. I’m not sure if I would rather never read a novel again for fear that it will one day become a movie, or vice versa.

    I hear what you are saying about the movie being more enjoyable if you hadn’t read the book. I think if you just read the book like you (and me) the changes were so obvious. But, my husband read the book years ago and I had to remind him of even some of the most glaring changes. As for the never reading a novel again… that just seems a bit drastic 🙂 Thanks for coming by!

  3. Caspette says:

    I didnt really like the Davinci code book and fell asleep during the movie (to be fair I was on the plane and suffering major sleep deprivation by the time it came on).

    I like Tom Hanks though so will probably watch this movie, but not at the cinemas.

    Thanks for your review.

  4. Martha Harris says:

    Because I wanted to refresh my memory of the storyline, I re-read the book, finishing last week. Husband & I saw the movie yesterday, and from the opening scene, I was surprised at the changes made. I’ve counted seven drastic changes in the story line. Some vital scenarios were not even mentioned! It just doesn’t make sense. We loved the movie, but they certainly did take liberties with it. The entire part about the actual reason benind Camerlengo’s vengeance was not even stated! I’m surprised that Dan Brown allowed them to cut it up so badly.

    I totally agree. I couldn’t even get into to all the changes in the review because it would ruin the movie for some. On it’s own it is a good movie. As a movie based on a book I think it failed. Thanks for coming by 🙂

  5. Tarek Salah says:

    Well I’ve watched the movie tonight, and honestly speaking im very disappointed. The movie was good on screen, but couldve been better if changes were made, specailly the ending. I tried googling to find out the reason behind it but couldnt find a rational one. Apparently alot of readers have the same question. However, i do give credits to Tom Hanks, worked his role way better than the “da Vinci Code”. Well I would say what most of the people here said: if you havnt read the book then u will probably find this movie very interesting, informative, controversial, and enjoying.

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