Angels & Demons
This movie angered me. Let me just say, if you haven’t read the book, read the book instead of watching this movie. It was all right up until the end. The story could have made an amazing film if it was done correctly. The Da Vinci Code (movie) was extremely faithful to the book, and that’s why I think it was better. I really liked it, and even own the DVD. But Angels & Demons was a let down. The ending in the book was a bit of a let down too in a way, but I understood both sides of the story. I’m about to majorly spoil anyone who has not read the book or seen the movie, so beware.
In the book, the secret society of the ‘Illuminati’ is supposedly out for revenge and plotting to kidnap and murder four cardinals in line for the papacy. They do this by murdering one cardinal every hour, using the 4 natural elements: earth, air, fire, and water. Thus, one cardinal is buried alive and suffocated with dirt, one cardinal has his lungs punctured, one is burned alive while hanging Christ-like over a fire, and the last is drowned.
Now all through the book, you are led to believe that the Illuminati are indeed real, and have resurfaced to take their revenge on the church. At the end though, you find out all the while that a head priest in the Vatican, called the Camarlengo, was behind the fictional resurfacing of the Illuminati, and there is in fact no threat at all to the church. It was all his idea to create this grand story to attract the attention of the world and the media, and to restore (on a grand scale) the faith of the human race in Christianity.
In the novel, the Carmalengo makes this amazing, moving, beautiful, several pages-long speech in which he defends his motives. He explains the importance of faith, spirituality, and Christianity and how important it is to human lives to believe in God. It is something that I would not be able to articulate myself. The passage comes towards the end of the novel and it was the part of the book that stood out to me the most.
The problem was that in the movie, they totally leave that part out! It barely registers that the Carmalengo was behind the whole Illuminati plot and it is glossed over in one tiny scene. I couldn’t believe it. That was the most important passage of the book, as it shows the reasoning behind all the events of the novel.
Even though I was upset that the Illuminati did not in fact resurface in the book, but was all the plan of the Carmalengo for the benefit of the catholic church, the way he justified his actions – the murders, etc, makes you understand him. You sympathize with his reasoning. And he ties together so eloquently all his beliefs and passions about religious faith. It is something that the novel and story would not be complete without, and that’s why the movie majorly let me down. You’ll see what I mean if you decide to read the novel and see the movie. Please read the novel and skip the movie altogether, that way at least you will know the whole story.