Wednesday, May 6, 2009

The critics agree... Angels & Demons is HARMLESS!!??

The Vatican newspaper (L'Osservatore Romano) has run a review for Angels & Demons, basically stating that they weren't the least bit offended by the prequel/sequel/whatever to The Da Vinci Code. Considering how much traction the first film received over its would-be controversy, I'm not sure the Pope's film critics did Ron Howard any favors. Plus I'm not sure "harmless" is the kind of rave that gets you quoted in TV spots and on the back of DVD boxes. Having said that, I'm not sure what would be funnier...

A) TV spots for the film which exclaim that critics find the film "HARMLESS!" "HARDLY EFFECTS THE GENIUS AND MYSTERY OF CHRISTIANITY".

B) A TV spot with several pull-quotes from the review ("dynamic", "magnificent", "smart"), followed by a quote credit of "God" or "So sayeth the Lord".

As for the film, as far as I know Sony isn't screening it until Wednesday the 13th. If that's the case, I'll probably just wait two days and catch it opening night.

Scott Mendelson

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