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Angels and Dementors

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If signs could kill, this could have as well been classified as manslaughter. Right from the seating, (5 rows from the screen, it could have been a 3D movie for all practical purposes) to the terrible reviews, nothing seemed right about the film adaption of one of my favourite works of fiction. To add to the misery, The Hindu’s, “You are better off reading the book” and Mr.Rajeev Wannabee-Sarcastic  Masand’s two on five still lingered in our minds as we entered one of the city’s coveted theatres feeling like Harry Potter after a meeting with a dementor.

And guess what, the state of expectations tending to zero actually helped our cause. The age old trick of an open mind did make the movie quite an enjoyable experience. Ofcourse, this won’t go down in my all-time-list but atleast it has the honour of not gracing the “Rotten Tomatoes” either. The movie is no way even half as gripping as the book but then again comparisons are unfair because as a wise man once said, “A book is a book is a book”! Moreover, compacting Dan Brown’s gargantuan blend of fact and fiction into a two hour movie is no mean feat and Ron Howard has to be appreciated for his half-decent effort. The subtle yet observable differences between the book and movie while might irritate some die hard Dan Brownians, does lend some credibility and originality to an otherwise predictable movie.

Most conspicuous in the movie is lack of strong individual performances. Weird hairstyles and in-emotiveness notwithstanding, Tom  Hanks has clearly done a better job than Da Vinci Code. But yet, coming from the same actor who stole the show in Forrest Gump, his performance leaves a lot to be desired. Vittoria Vetra would probably be better off as Langdon’s pet dog. The strong independent young lady portrayed in the book is replaced by an anxious scientist who prefers flirting with Langdon all the time apart from displaying a newfound interest in Christian history. Sadly, she isn’t eye-candy either. The assassin, one of my favourite characters in the book is non-existant. His brutal flamboyance is sadly missing, instead in his place we have a bespectacled joker who only follows his unknown master’s instructions.

The show however, belonged to Ewan McGregor. Obi-Wan Kenobi returns in a new avatar to stun the audience with a performance par excellence making full use of the Camerlengo carefully sketched by Brown. Comparisons to Ledger may seem inevitable. While he may not win an Oscar for his role, he is without a doubt the Man of the match.

Overall, I wouldn’t go as far as to call the movie a “must-watch”. If haven’t read the book, then don’t ruin your life by watching the movie first. If you have and are suffering from the “Extreme Velaness Disorder” (read as jobless), then give it a shot. If you aren’t vela, but are a Dan Brown fan, you shouldn’t miss it either. Either ways, you’d probably be better off watching this Hanks rather than his son in that awful excuse for a movie.

My rating – 3/5


Written by Chronoz

June 1, 2009 at 5:57 pm

Posted in All about Me

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  1. Oye Madd-ass! I went to watch the movie with friends not much into novels (read: they hate reading!) and they enjoyed it to the hilt! So, keeping aside the prejudices (and official reviews), the movie was an awesome 2 1/2 hrs of fun!

    Ofcoz, they seem to always cut down their budgets for the actresses!! As with Sophia, as with Vittoria… far from an eye-candy!


    June 1, 2009 at 6:24 pm

  2. Content moderation!!! Bah!


    June 1, 2009 at 6:25 pm

  3. Dog this is no better than SSSNVR or her brother Rajeev Wannabe Sarcastic Masand’s reviews.. You are tryin your hand at sarcasm eh? If you wanna learn sarcasm, go here
    ROFL!! Nice one macha.. 😀


    June 2, 2009 at 5:05 am

  4. Why did u have to give a comprehensive reviewer’s report about the film?? Even though I knew that the movie would suck in comparison to the novel, i still wanted to have a look at the movie. Now, after your careful dissection of the movie, I’m surely not going to watch the movie :(.


    June 2, 2009 at 7:18 am

  5. Didnt even like the book. After the Da-Vinci Code… It was all predictable!


    June 3, 2009 at 4:24 pm

  6. Did someone say the book was good? I SERIOUSLY cannot believe that. Ok, he came up with an original plot but for the love of god … People discovering anti matter and not reporting it from CERN when the place has advertised the LHC from its infancy? The “blend” of fact and fiction SUCKS as far as Dan Brown is concerned. The book is a good read if you have an open (read: blank) mind considering that its quite a fast paced one.


    June 3, 2009 at 4:48 pm

  7. The book was bloody good! IMO, THE best of Brown’s works. Btw Shreyas was spot on. The damp squib reviews of the movie definitely dampened expectations enough to make the movie an enjoyable experience. Did anyone else notice that the Director of the Swiss Guard(the dude who gets shot up in the end along with that Nazar look like priest) bares a strong resemblance to Bootstrap Bill from POTC?


    June 3, 2009 at 5:05 pm

  8. I convert my assumption into a fact. The fellow’s name is Stellan Skarsgard according to wiki and he was indeed portrayed as Bootstrap Bill. 🙂


    June 3, 2009 at 5:11 pm

  9. I watched it wit my cousin….
    he liked it very much n said he will read d novel
    I have read the novel n feel tat movie lacked many things
    but one thing…….the car was superb…


    June 6, 2009 at 11:29 am

  10. Still going strong, eh ? Now why can’t I keep up a blog like this 🙂


    June 8, 2009 at 1:29 am

  11. I decided I wouldnt comment on this post until I saw the movie myself. I finally did last night. I’d give it a 4 (on 10, i mean)

    True, Ron Howard has learnt a thing or 2 from the hash that he made of the Da Vinci Code. For me, though, the best part about Angels and demons was the horror-then-hope explanation and the camerlengo’s ‘Science vs Religion’ speech. While the latter was done away with completely, the former wasn’t explained as well as it could have been.

    Oh, and Vittoria Vetra wasn’t pretty either.


    June 12, 2009 at 8:19 am

  12. i don’t like hanks with his long is sick..main reason for not watching da vinci code..has he atleast changed his hair style for this one??and the book was awesome(you only lent it,remember??) though i don’t remember the story..nice review btw..


    June 18, 2009 at 10:24 am

  13. ROFL.

    Learn sarcasm from me? This is kinda strange. Thanks for FINALLY admitting it, Chapps.

    Also, Shre, nice entry. I liked the film until the last half an hour. But. But. Ewan MacGregor (Camerlengo) and Nikolaj Lie Kaas (Assassin) are super handsome and beastly.

    Camerlengo <3.


    June 25, 2009 at 11:18 pm

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