In what is quickly shaping up as a Summer of ups and downs, this week, after the solid (but I would not say better than that) Star Trek the ghost of Wolverine has appeared in the new Dan Brown adaptation, Angels & Demons. I should say that I like the book The DaVinci Code and found the film decent, but at least pretty true to the book. I liked the book Angels and Demons better, so I was hopeful. Well, Ron Howard crushed that hope.
In what is becoming a cinematic Christ-like sacrifice by me, I have been seeing Thursday night shows in an effort to be first to to discuss (or warn people) the big movies of the Summer. Well, consider yourself warned – Angels and Demons is really bad. It even has the power to offset joy at seeing the Lakers lose to the Houston Rockets.
About twenty minutes into the movie the projector burned the reel, which was probably a sign from God, not because the film contained blasphemy, but because the two hours remaining were so terrible. Even the Catholic Church is not protesting the film as much because seeing it will actually help people believe that there are evil forces at work in the world. To sum up the movie imagine Tom Hanks delivering a so-so performance in a movie that appears to be only the most preposterous segments of a season of 24. The End.
I liked the book Angels and Demons and I have never seen a movie make so many adjustments to critical plot points in my life. People may have been wondering how this film would play in terms of the religion-science divide, but it may bring those factions together in declaring this film both an unholy experience and terrible based on empirical evidence.
Next weekend is a big one with Terminator Salvation (a PG-13 Terminator?) and Dance Flick. Is it scary that my bet is on Dance Flick delivering the goods? Well I got a free pass to another movie because of the projector mishap, but hopefully something comes out soon that is worth a free ticket.