A few years ago, I read Dan Brown's Angels & Demons after finishing The Da Vinci Code, and my evaluation back then was that I found Angels & Demons better than it's sequel.
A couple of days age, I watched the film adaptation of Angels & Demons and my assessment is that it's a much better film better than its prequel, The Da Vinci Code.
If that just sounded confusing, don't worry: I'm just channeling my inner Dan Brown. :P
Anyways, Tom Hanks as Robert Langdon is back in a movie that surely will get the attention of the Catholic church, but this time, he spends most of the film deciphering clues about the secret society Illuminati and tracking down a murderer in Rome (as opposed to raising issues questions about Jesus Christ and the Holy Grail). This thriller is much tighter than its predecessor and the mix of Renaissance-old intrigue and going around the Vatican make for good entertainment.
However, I found the movie a bit too long (I really felt all, and I think there was something lost in the adaptation of the because I remember the story of Angels & Demons much more compelling when I read it. Also, take the "facts" presented with a grain of salt, because 1) there are a lot of inaccuracies and 2) this is a work of fiction.
But nonetheless, Ron Howard's Angels & Demons is a gripping thriller that may be the best grown-up entertainment this summer movie season.
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