Monday, May 18, 2009

#717 - Angels and Demons (Film)


Well, this Monday has been exciting. This is because finally I can watch a new long-awaited movie, Angels and Demons. Well, I have read this novel before. I read it this time, about 3.5 years ago. Well, I didn't write the details there, but I gotta tell you, I LOVE it!! It's the best Dan Brown's novel out of all four I have read. I even like it a lot better than The DaVinci Code. Well, I personally think The DaVinci Code is more popular because it attracts more controversy than Angels and Demons. However, considering the story, I think Angels and Demons is more interesting and exciting.

So, back to the movie I watched. The movie was played each hour at Blitz Megaplex, so my friends and I bought tickets for the 5 PM show since we gotta pay for our trip to Jakarta next week first, hehe. Anyway, at 4.30 PM we arrived back at PVJ and went to the cinema. Then, of course we watched the 138 minutes movie (wow, it's a great time-length, haha).

Well, the movie was SUPERB for me!! I have read the book so I think I'm kinda more critical. Usually when we have read the book and watch a movie based on it, we will be more critical and be easier to get disappointed. For example, three years ago when I watched The DaVinci Code's Film. Well, in my link, I wrote it was good while I actually was a bit disappointed with the movie. However, this time, it's NOT the case for me!! I LOVE the movie!! Kudos to the director! If I wrote The DaVinci Code was good, Angels and Demons was AWESOME!!

Well, of course to deal with the time constraint, the producer gotta cut some parts of the novel. The producer smartly cut the 'unnecessary' details from the novel so the story is still connected one part to another, not causing confusion just like what happened on The DaVinci Code, especially for those who haven't read the novel. Some controversial details were also cut off from the movie but not affecting the outcome of the movie. For example, the fact that the carmelengo was the son of the pope, etc. Even, some parts were edited (different from the novel as I recall) like the origin of carmelengo. In the novel, he was from Italy while on the movie, he was from Northern Ireland (probably to accomodate with Ewan McGregor who portrayed him). All of these are still understandable and the most important thing is that the movie is still great!!

If I gotta rate it, I'm gonna rate it 4.5 out of 5!! Great!!

Now, I'm waiting for Star Trek to premier in Indonesia next June, haha...

::: Angels and Demon's promotional poster.

::: Tom Hanks as Professor Robert Langdon and Ayelet Zurer as Vittoria Vetra on Angels and Demons.

::: Ewan McGregor as Carmelengo Patrick McKenna (Carlo Ventresca in the novel).


Yah, Senin ini menyenangkan nih. Ini karena hari ini aku bisa menonton film yang sudah lama ditunggu-tunggu, Angels and Demons. Yah, aku sudah membaca novelnya sebelumnya. Aku membacanya pada waktu ini, sekitar 3,5 tahun yang lalu. Hmm, aku tidak menulis detailnya di link itu, tetapi harus aku katakan, aku SUKA BANGET!! Novel ini adalah novel Dan Brown terbaik dari semua empat novelnya yang sudah aku baca. Aku juga jauh lebih menyukainya daripada The DaVinci Code. Hmm, aku pribadi sih mengira kalau The DaVinci Code lebih populer karena lebih kontroversial daripada Angels and Demons. Namun, kalo melihat ceritanya, rasanya Angels and Demons lebih menarik dan lebih seru.

Nah, balik ke film yang aku tonton. Filmnya dimainkan setiap jam di Blitz Megaplex, makanya aku dan temenku membeli tiket jam 5 sore soalnya kita mesti mengurus pembayaran untuk perjalanan ke Jakarta minggu depan, hehe. Trus jam 4.30 sore kita tiba di PVJ dan pergi ke bioskopnya. Trus, tentu saja langsung nonton film berdurasi 138 menit itu (wow, panjang waktu yang memuaskan juga).

Yah, filmnya KEREN BANGET untuk aku!! Aku sudah membaca novelnya lho makanya aku rasa aku lumayan kritis juga. Biasanya kan kalo kita sudah membaca bukunya kemudian menonton film yang berdasarkan buku itu, kita akan menjadi lebih kritis dan lebih mudah kecewa kan. Misalnya saja, tiga tahun yang lalu ketika aku nonton The DaVinci Code. Di link itu, aku menulisnya filmnya bagus walau sebenarnya aku agak kecewa sih sama filmnya. Namun, kali ini TIDAK begitu!! Aku SUKA BANGET sama filmnya!! Hebat deh sutradaranya! Kalau aku menulis The DaVinci Code bagus, berarti Angels and Demons SANGAT BAGUS!!

Yah, tentu saja untuk menyesuaikan dengan keterbatasan waktu, produser harus memotong beberapa bagian dari novel. Secara cerdas produsernya memotong beberapa detail 'kurang penting' dari novelnya sehingga ceritanya masih nyambung satu bagian ke bagian lain dan tidak menimbulkan kebingungan di penonton, terutama yang belum pernah membaca novelnya. Tidak seperti di The DaVinci Code tuh. Beberapa detail kontroversial juga rasanya dihapus yah tetapi masih tidak mempengaruhi hasil dari filmnya. Misalnya, fakta bahwa carmelengo sebenarnya adalah anak dari paus, dll. Bahkan, beberapa bagian juga diedit (berbeda dari novelnya seingetku) misalnya asal carmelengo. Di novel kan dia berasal dari Italia sementara di film berasal dari Irlandia Utara (mungkin untuk ngepasin sama Ewan McGregor kali yah). Semua ini masih bisa dimaklumi dan yang penting filmnya bagus banget!!

Kalau aku harus menilainya, aku kasih nilai 4,5 dari 5 deh!! Hebat!!

Sekarang, aku menunggu Star Trek neh untuk mulai main di Indonesia Juni nanti, haha...


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