Angels And Demons – Book Vs. Movie

Posted: May 31, 2009 in personal
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Today I saw Angels and Demons..I was a big fan of Dan Brown and have read all his works. Except Deception Point I liked all his works as well. So needless to say I was really waiting for this one to release, and I saw it today since it was the first Sunday after the release(India). It was a good movie I think, but it was way behind the Book in terms of all parameters.

It was showing variations from the original book right from the start. I was shocked to see that it was the Vatican who summons for Langdon and not Mr.Kohler from CERN. In fact the character Kohler was simply erased from the movie. And at CERN Vittoria was present when her dad was killed and the anti-matter was stolen. More surprisingly by the time Langdon reached Vatican, Vittoria was already there. God only knows what lead her there. And Vittoria was an entirely different woman. She never says a word about her Yoga skills and seems like just another woman as opposed to the original who is a stronger character than even Langdon.

Not just erasing characters, they had to remove a lot of elements from the story to trim it down to the standard length of a Hollywood flick. One of them was the “Hassasin”. There was no story behind that guy here. He was not motivated by anything related to his ancient past. He just works as he gets paid and is killed in the end by his master only. That saved a lot of time for the makers and a lot of energy for Langdon and Vittoria. Poor chap..he was really good at killing. I am no saddist, but it was a beauty to see him at work.

And Mr. Chamelango.. he too missed that story behind him. No explosion at the church, no ex-nun mom, no chopper exp(but as in the book,he flies the chopper in the end). And his real relation with the pope was also taken out the picture. He was just a masters pet, thats all. But that guy did a good job. Ewan McGregor was good. I really missed, the test tube baby part.

And in the end, since there was no Kohler, that duty was transfered to the Head of Vatican police. And they were no swiss guards. Seems like the makers felt the Swiss guards were a bit too flashy to carry around. So these guys came in black suit. Of course the swiss were around. In the end the same thing happened. But that dinn happen so grandly as in the book. Of course it was a bit more difficult to shoot than writing on paper.

In the end it was really watchable,but i seriuosly doubt if people would understand a thing if they haven’t really read the book. If i give 10 for the book I will  give a 6 for the movie.


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