Currently I am reading Angels & Demons, the prequel to the New York Times #1 Bestseller, The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. I enjoyed reading The Da Vinci Code and was excited for the film’s release. But it got me to thinking. If the 2009 movie release of Angels & Demons is anything like The Da Vinci Code film, I must say that I am not anticipating it.
The Da Vinci Code film made over $750 million worldwide. The only reason I think it did so well was the controversy around the book causing all of the anticipation. I had a feeling the film would not be as good as the book but it did not even meet my semi-hopeful expectations. I was highly disappointed.
The book kept me awake all night reading page after page and yet I found myself falling asleep during the film. There was just nothing exciting about the film. Director, Ron Howard played it way too safe and stuck to Brown’s vision all to well, leaving no thrill in the film for the readers whatsoever. If you have not read the book, the film is entertaining… for anyone who likes a Tom Hanks guided mystery in a dull adventure (talk about oxymoron) lasting 2 hours and 29 minutes. With Howard tied to the prequel film, I can’t say I will be spending another 10 bucks just to fall asleep again.