The Vatican Okays Angels & Demons
05.07.09 by BJSprecher
Angels & Demons, the sequel to the 2006 blockbuster The Da Vinci Code, received the thumbs-up from the Vatican, according to a recent AP story. Both of movies are adaptations of best-selling -- and controversial -- novels by Dan Brown, though Brown's novels were published in reverse order, with Angels & Demons taking place prior to The Da Vinci Code.
Director Ron Howard claimed that the Vatican worked against his production by denying him access to certain sites, but the Vatican said that Howard's comments were made solely to drum up publicity. There were rumors that the Vatican would condemn the movie, as they did The Da Vinci Code; however, yesterday's edition of the Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, ran a review and an editorial calling the film:
...two hours of harmless entertainment, which hardly affects the genius and mystery of Christianity.
The reviewer criticized the movie's "stereotyped characters," but praised Howard's "dynamic direction."
Angels & Demons stars Tom Hanks, who reprises the role of Robert Langdon, a Harvard University symbologist.