Angels & Demons
Produced by Columbia Pictures
Directed by Ron Howard
Screenplay by Akiva Goldsman and David Koepp from the novel by Dan Brown
Distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing
For those who care, I’ve given away the ending of Angels & Demons in the review that follows.
Those irrepressible schlockmeisters Ron Howard and Akiva Goldsman have done it again. They have taken another of Dan Brown’s travesties of Roman Catholic history and turned it into a truly hilarious film.
Angels & Demons, the film adaptation of Brown’s factoid-based novel, concerns the Church’s supposed perennial war against scientific progress. Frankly, it reminded me of Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein. Howard makes his actors flit about the screen from one monstrous event to the next, laughably horrified by what they discover: molten brands dexterously applied to human chests, a man strapped to a weight bench and dumped in a fountain, even a scary quatrain written by that notable anti-Catholic John Milton in the margins of a treatise by Galileo. Unlike the Abbott and Costello shenanigans, however, Howard has the wit to instruct his actors to stay sober of mien. For instance, in place of Abbott’s slow burns and Costello’s flabby-cheeked double takes, we get noted symbologist Robert Langdon...