On "Angels & Demons"
From The Dispatch:
It's interesting that my description of Brown's writing could also be applied to Ron Howard's filmmaking. He's a competent middlebrow craftsman, if not a brilliant artist, but the problem with adaptation of Brown's books to the screen is the inevitable condensation of the dense historical facts and intricate series of interlocking clues that solve the mystery. By necessity, these history lessons are condensed, often into character dialogue, in very awkward expositional speeches that not only feel out of place but are extremely cumbersome, giving the film a bloated and unwieldy structure.Click here to read my full review.