I read the book Angels and Demons after I returned from Italy and our visit to Rome. As I was reading, I wanted to shoot myself because most of the fabulous churches, bridges and architecture were right under our nose in Rome, unbeknownst to us. Had we known, would we have changed our plans a bit to visit one or more of the sights? Or spend some rxtra time lingering in and around such places?
Angels and Demons
One can't say for sure, but knowing me, I'd say yes!
So, when we realized that Angels and Demons, the movie, would be realised a mere 5 days before our Rome departure- I wasn't going to make the same mistake twice.
I have also read (and liked) The DaVinci Code and saw that movie when it came out. How could I not? It was set in my other favorite place – France, specifically Paris.
So, Friday night we braved the crowds, determined to appreciate the scenes of Rome, despite how *good* or *bad* we felt the movie was.
And I am here to report that Angels and Demons did not disappoint!
For the most part, they stayed pretty true to the book- of course, similar to The DaVinci Code– it would be impossible to include everything from the book without having a 17 hour movie! I felt that the movie was easy to follow and that the major parts of the book were included.
Comparing it to The DaVinci Code, I have to say that I like it better and I felt that the story was easier to tell and easier for movie-goers that haven't seen the book, to follow and understand.
There were a few differences, but none that I would like to go into detail about, for fear of spilling the beans for those who haven't seen it yet. But trust me, it's nothing that really distracts from the story.
For me, the star of the show was not Tom Hanks, but the fair city of Rome itself.
Ron Howard was not able to get permission to film in the Vatican or in and around St. Peter's square. So all of the Vatican scenes, the square, the Sistine Chapel, and the underground tombs were shot in a set built in LA to replicate the original and what a fantastic job they did! You couldn't tell the difference.
What was real (and simply stunning) were the shots of real Rome. The churches, the angels, the fountains, the Piazza Navona and the crazy reckless Roman driving!
The aerial shots of Rome, shot from the prospective of a helicopter, were breathtaking. Glimpses of the dome of St. Peters Basillica caught from various points around the city were just beautiful. But, the one that stuck out most in my mind, the money shot, was the aerial view of my favorite monument in Rome, the Pantheon.
I think of Angels and Demons as a love letter to Rome, with an exciting story intertwined within. If you think of it that way- you can't possibly go home unhappy!
We left the theater even more excited about our upcoming trip!
So, if you haven't been to Rome (or even if you have, but want to reminisce) what are you waiting for?! Go see Angels and Demons!
Have you seen the movie? Read the book? Tell me your thoughts in the comments!