|Pity she didn't run into Javert as well.|
Generally speaking, most movies made in the last 10-20 years could lose 10-20 minutes without sacrificing quality. Almost no movie I know of feels too short. However, I'm willing to bestow this dubious honour on Angel-A. The film only runs an hour thirty, and that's not enough, because Besson is simultaneously trying to make a theological fantasy, a romance, and an action flick. What he actually produces is a mishmash incomplete on all three counts: we don't believe Angel-A's half-baked cosmology, its puppy love story, or its soft-boiled criminal underworld.
Angel-A gets a 2/5. It isn't really a bad movie, and I had fun watching it. I'll always prefer a film that goes too far over one that doesn't go far enough. Overall, though, it feels as though Besson had no idea what he actually wanted to do in this movie and just decided to try and do everything. Because he's Besson, it almost works, but he's on much shakier ground here than in his masterpieces Leon (1994) and (La Femme) Nikita (1990).
|I don't really know what to say about this image, so, uh, here it is for you.|