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The City of angels was released in America on the 10th of April 1998. This film is described as being a fantasy as well as being undoubtedly romantic. Quite fittingly, this was shot in Los Angeles.
Cast and crew.
Directed by : Brad Silberling
What is the film about?
Nicholas Cage plays an angel names Seth. The aim of the angels is to watch over people and protect them without being noticed. While human beings are close to the end of their lives, these angels appear to them and guide them into death and guide them into the next life.
Whilst Seth is guiding someone Into death whilst this patient is having heart surgery, Seth sees the determination of Maggie Rice, Meg Ryan, in trying to save this poor mans life. Seth is in the hospital with Maggie and he meets one of her patients who senses that Seth is an angel, he knows this because he himself used to be an angel.
They talk and this patient tells Seth that he made the choice to become human and feel the emotions that humans have instead of being numb. Seth has his mind set on doing this when he realises that he can have a full blown relationship with Maggie, emotional and physical.
With Seth having the free will to become a human, all the emotions of being a human hits him, pain, love, need, desire. With one goal in mind, he goes to see Maggie, she is not at the hospital and he learns that she has taken a break miles away. So through the rain and the cold he treks to find her.
Seth finally realises that he would give up anything to feel what he felt with Maggie, even if it was just for one night. I won't give the ending of the film away as some people don't like spoilers! So if you want to know what happens, watch the film!
This film had me heartbroken, when I finally stopped boo hooing I thought about the story to the film, and that is, yes love is painful and it is very hard but in the end, it is worth it. As they say, it's better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all. I think this film articulates it perfectly. Yes I would recommend this 100% because I do think it is a very strong lesson in life.
This is one of those films, that came out in the late nineties, that had something of a big impact upon its release. Hyped as one of the greatest and most tragic love stories ever filmed, it featured Meg Ryan, well known by now for her soppy roles in films such as When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless In Seattle, and Nicholas Cage who himself had established by now something of a following.
Cage stars as an Angel, invisible to human eyes, who spends his time both hanging out at the library with his fellow Celestial beings and at the beach listening to the symphony of the sunset as it falls across the sand. By a chance series of events, he comes across Meg Ryan, here starring as a doctor, and falls instantly and hopelessly in love when he realises she can see him. But for them to be together, Cage has to make the decision whether or not to give up his Celestial status and become a mere mortal! If he decides to fall from grace and join the ranks of humanity, he will give up all that he knows and will never be able to hear the sunset ever again. Faced with such a choice, the question begs....just how far would YOU go for love?
Sounds lovely right? Sounds sickly, sweet and soppy? But this is a film with a hidden twist and an ending that, for me, was so bleak that I almost felt cheated and betrayed. I will not give anything away for those who haven't seen it but beware because you may need tissues. Personally the ending puts me right off this film which I view as a depressing and miserable movie in light of my presience about how it all ends up! Certainly this is no match for Wim Wenders's exquisite German film, Wings of Desire, which inspired this Hollywood blockbuster!
Cage and Ryan work fairly well together but neither has to really strain and this does feel, at times, like they are playing it by the numbers. In my own opinion, I would rather slash my wrists than watch this again but the soundtrack is amazing and more than makes up for the faults of this film; one of the saddest I have ever seen and for all the wrong reasons!
If you are going to watch this, don't forget...pack some tissues and prepare to have your emotions manipulated. Because this is what this film is all about! Like The Boy In The Striped Pajamas, this film is alll about setting you up for the ending and reducing you to a blubbering wreck and personally I hate anything that tries to set you up this way!!!
Doctor Maggie Rice is a surgeon very dedicated to her job. She's always determined to save her patients, and takes it badly when she loses one. When she spots a strange man in her O.R., she doesn't realise he's actually an angel who has come to claim her patient on the operating table. Seth knows he's not supposed to be seen by mortals, but can't keep himself away from Maggie. He doesn't want to reveal who he really is, but Maggie seems to be falling for Seth just as much as he is for her. But will Maggie be able to handle the truth once she realises what Seth really is? Will Seth want to leave his City of Angels for good?
This film is already 12 years old... 1998 feels like it should be a couple of years ago doesn't it?! It surprised me when this was brought and I saw it was that old and that I hadn't yet seen it because it looks like exactly the sort of film I would like to watch. I'm not a huge Meg Ryan fan (that infamous Parky interview anyone?!) but I do like Nicolas Cage so I knew I'd like this film. I'm not a huge believer in angels and the supernatural but I do like romantic films, therefore this should be perfect for me.
I wasn't prepared for what a huge tearjerker this film was going to be. Right from the beginning, it tugged at my heartstrings and within the first 5 minutes, I'd already shed a tear... this didn't bode well. By the end I was definitely in tears and I am sure it's one of the most emotional and moving films that I've ever seen. If you don't cope well with scenes of death, this film won't be one you want to see because there are a few in the film, unsurprising really given the title of the film, but it is done in a good way that while it's upsetting, it's very much in keeping of the film.
The actors are both very good, and carry their parts very well indeed. Nicolas Cage plays angel Seth, and I really enjoyed his performance for the most part. I found that he was a little creepy in some parts, he sort of hovered and looked odd but for the most part, he did really well. You could really believe in his feelings for the character of Maggie, and some of the scenes with Seth as an angel with his fellow angels were really touching. Meg Ryan was good as Dr Maggie Rice, although I have to say she wasn't believable as a doctor to me at all. However, her scenes with Cage were excellent, and she portrayed the emotion of Maggie very well.
Not many special effects were used in the film even though it is one about angels! There were a few scenes with the angels atop very tall buildings or signs, and to be honest they looked pretty poor because it looked so fake, but you have to remember this is 12 years ago, and they didn't have the technology they do these to make these things look better! Those were really the only visual effects used, but it didn't seem to matter because you just believe in Seth as an angel without any sparkles or being walked through being present. It certainly didn't detract from the film at all.
I really loved every minute of this film, and felt like I was transported away on a journey for the duration of it. There were characters I cared, a story that carried me along easily and emotionally, and most of all, it was just incredibly watchable. It was very emotional and had me in tears several times, but it's a lovely film to watch with the one you love and it certainly makes you appreciate life a lot more. City of Angels is one of those films that you certainly have to see because it is a modern classic, and one that I am sure I'll be watching again at some point. Beautiful.
Directed by Brad Silberling
Written by Wim Wenders and Peter Handke
Running Time: 114 minutes
Based on the film Wings of Desire.
Nicolas Cage ... Seth
Meg Ryan ... Dr. Maggie Rice
Andre Braugher ... Cassiel
Dennis Franz ... Nathaniel Messinger
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Very sad but really enjoyable. I'm not normally a fan of sad films as I don't like deliberately getting upset, but I really enjoyed this film and have watched it quite a few times now. I introduced it to a lot of my friends who really enjoyed it to. It's got a great sound track which is one the main highlights for me, especially Iris by the goo goo dolls. I would really recommend watching it, it's not a particularly recent film, but I still think it's a bit of a classic. Slightly girly film, may not be for everyone but great for a girly night in, there probably wouldn't be a dry eye in the house but that is a sign of a good film. The story line can be considered a bit far fetched but you will not be disappointed. Hope you enjoy watching the film!
City of angels is one of my favourite films, so when I was ironing yesterday I popped it on for another watch. City of angels was made in 1998 and produced by Brad Siberling. It stars Nicolas Cage as Seth and Meg Ryan as Maggie.
Maggie is a brilliant heart surgeon; she cares deeply about her patients and has never lost one on her operating table. Everything changes when one of her patients dies during a routine operation. Maggie starts to feel that she truly has no control over her patients' lives and that they could die even when there is no reason for the surgery to fail.
Seth is an angel he wanders around with his friend Cassiel (Andre Braugher) who is also an angel. He helps people through there difficult times providing unseen comfort. As an angel Seth can not be seen or felt unless he chooses to show himself. He is more than happy with his beautiful life till the day he sees Maggie.
The supporting actors in this film are really good and my favourite one is Nathaniel Messinger (Dennis Franz) he was once an angel but chose to fall when he fell in love with his wife Teresa (Joanna Merlin) and has truly embraced life as a mortal which is why he is in the hospital needing a heart operation on the first place. He can sense that Seth is near and when Seth realises this he shows himself to Nathaniel.
Seth falls deeply for Maggie and longs to be with her. The only way to do this is if he chooses to fall. Will Seth choose an immortal life with Maggie or will he continue to observe her unseen?
I'm trying really hard not to give away too much of the plot without making the film seem to shallow and boring. This film is fantastic and I really do enjoy it I must have watched it twenty times in the last ten years and it never loses its attraction for me or seems to age.
Meg Ryan plays Maggie brilliantly. This is a lot different to her usual romantic comedy rolls so don't be expecting any laughs while watching this. Nicolas Cage plays Seth fantastically. He hits on the sadness and beauty of an angel perfectly. You can truly feel how it would be to observe people through the best and worst bits of there lives, not able to influence just to comfort and reassure when needed.
The soundtrack to this movie is excellent with tracks from Alanis Morissette, Pete Gabriel. Sarah McLachin, The Goo Goo Dolls and many others. The music complements the film perfectly it adds to the feel of the film and tells the story all on its own. When I listen to the soundtrack it brings back all the film for me, my favourite song is Iris by The Goo Goo Dolls and I warble along to this one even when the film is playing.
I would say that this film is aimed mainly at women I don't think men would appreciate the longing looks that Seth gives Maggie most of the way through the film and the deep feelings that seem to flow of the screen. I heartily recommend this film to any one who is looking for a love story with a twist. You definitely need the Kleenex out for this one.
City of angels is an angelic heart warming romantic film from 1998 starring Nicholas Cage and Meg Ryan. It follows Seth (Cage) an angel that is on our earth to watch over the living and he watches Maggie (Ryan) who is a beautiful heart surgeon who has lost her first ever patient. She is total despair and cage falls in love with her. Being an angel he cannot touch, smell or even feel her and his gift becomes a burden rather than a blessing. He then meets Messenger (Dennis Franz) and he opens his eyes to a possibility of becoming a mortal being again as that was what he had done for the love of his life. So what do you do to be with the one true love of your life, would you give up eternity in heaven? Would you give up that freedom to feel love as well as pain?
I really like this film but especially for the unpredictable ending. I completely and utterly did not expect that to happen.
Ryan and Cage are great here together and Cage plays Seth brilliantly. I would never have put him in a role like this but it suits him. Ryan is in a serious role for a change but it's still the romantic role we know her for (Sleepless in Seattle, You've got Mail) A workaholic who puts everything into her career. Cage watches her and becomes infatuated with this beautiful woman and you can really feel his emotions in turmoil.
The settings where the angels, all dressed in black for some reason, are standing watching the sunset is eerie but very effective and it gets you thinking sometimes are there angels around watching and looking over us?
I am finding this hard to write up about without putting any spoilers in. One thing I do love about this film is the soundtrack and how fitting they were.
One song used to the best of its ability was Iris by Goo Goo Dools -
And I'd give up forever to touch you, 'Cause I know that you feel me somehow
And I don't want the world to see me, Cause I don't think that they'd understand
When everything's made to be broken, I just want you to know who I am
And Angels by Sarah McLachlan always gives me the shivers and goose bumps.
One thing this film does is make you think and is great for a debate on such things as well as wondering if there is the possibilities out there.
One of the greatest sayings I have ever heard in a movie has to be 'I would rather have had one breath of her hair, one kiss from her mouth, one touch of her hand, than eternity without it' Truly a wonderful line.
If you watch this film with an open mind and embrace the love story you would definitely find this a wonderful and moving film and after it ends try and think of the meaning of how they ended it.
City Of Angels
Without a doubt one of my all time favourite movies, so romantic and so very very moving. Stars the lovely Nicholas Cage and beautiful Meg Ryan and the on screen chemistry between them is fantastic.
This is a complete tear jerk, and I have watched it countless times now and it still brings a tear to my eye.
This is a very romantic film, a great flick to watch with your fella, grab a bottle of great wine, order your favourite take away but most importantly DONT forget the tissues, you will need them.
Nicholas Cage plays an angel watching over L.A he sits with dying patients in their last minutes of life and then leads them off to heaven, its during this time he falls in love with a doctor (Meg Ryan). I'm not sure if it's ever made clear in the movie, how she is able to see the angel, as angels are invisible. He is faced with the decision of staying as an angel or to become human so that he can have a proper relationship with her. He makes the decision to be with her.
There is a twist to this film and to most it is probably obviously predictable.
The Directing of this film is truly fantastic and great music throughout the film.
I wasn't much of a Nicholas Cage fan before this film but this film definitely changed my opinion of him and he has since gone on to do some other fantastic films.
I love this film
10/10 A must see
I was extremely disappointed by this film, especially after having read articles that claimed that this was one of the best romantic movies ever. For starters, I personally believe that Nicolas Cage was all wrong for this film, and Meg Ryan became so popular as the star of romantic comedies that she did not really seem to put her whole efforts in City of Angels. Like I mentioned in one of my previous reviews, I really hate seeing a plot with such great potential become just another ordinary average film with no special memory linked to it. That is my personal opinion about City of Angels: With some major polishing off, the movie could really have been something exceptional, due to the great plot potential.
The story is about Maggie, a very dedicated doctor who describes herself as a mass of cells and molecules. Maggie believes that every human being is only a mass of molecules and that life ends straight after death. This is until she meets Seth, an extremely intense and profound young man who starts to teach her that there might be more to life than merely existing under medical reasons. When the attraction between the two of them gets stronger, Maggie starts to feel that there is more to Seth than meets the eye. What will her reaction be when she learns that Seth is an angel who does not have the right to fall in love...unless he renounces his mortality and angelhood.
Like I said, the plot has some really great potential, especially considering the fact that they developed the "Angel" bits in a very unusual and quite original manner. It could have been so much more entertaining had it not been for the extremely poor acting in the film. Meg Ryan was quite bland- there was no character, no body language, no facial expressions, and not even smooth line delivery. In addition, she seemed extremely not at all at ease with the character that she was playing. In fact, I could note more than one scene where she completely spaced out in her role; and that extremely annoyed me because there are quite some intense scenes which could have been so much better, but which lacked in conviction due to her poor performance.
In addition, I agree that physically, Nicolas Cage was quite suited for the role that he was playing in the film: Tall, dark handsome and intense angel. But that is where the similarities between him and his character end. While his acting was smoother and he delivered a much better performance than Meg Ryan, there was still something awkward about him that did not go well with his role. This might have to do with the fact that there was no on-screen chemistry with the lead actress; the two of them did not even seem to be attempting at acting out a form of chemistry. No friendship chemistry, no love chemistry, nothing at all. Since the very start of the film, I felt like Meg Ryan and Nicolas Cage are extremely incompatible to enact an on-screen couple.
Thematic elements in the film include the supernatural, love, and deep issues about life and death. I think it was the philosophical aspect of City of Angels that might just have slaved out some remaining positive elements about the film. The intensity and contradictory issues about death and what happens afterwards were quite in touch with the plot as a whole, hence contributing to the little charm that the film incorporates.
DVD Extras include:
* Cast and Crew
* Production Notes
The main cast is made up of: Nicolas Cage, Meg Ryan, Andre Braugher and Dennis Franz
Overall, I was quite disappointed by both the making and the acting in this film. Not really recommended, unless you happen to have nothing to do and no new movies to watch!
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- Introduction -
City of Angels is a movie that I originally rented from our local (now closed and changed into a sandwich shop) video/DVD rental store. The story as described on the back of the VHS box at the time, caught my attention and at the time, back around 1998 or 1999, when I was in my mid teens, I had a fascination with the concept of Angels being around us and guiding us in life, all that sort of thing so when I saw this movie in the video store and read what it was about, plus the fact that it starred a couple of A list actors (namely Nicolas Cage and Meg Ryan), I was excited to watch it.
Since then, I've gone on to buy the move as an ex-rental on VHS and then some years later I got it on DVD. I even bought the soundtrack on CD (which wasn't all that cheap but I really wanted it) and this is the only movie that I've ever decided I wanted to specifically buy the soundtrack of it, its that good!
So, whats so special about this movie? why am I so keen on it and whats it all about? Well, read on to find out...
- Main Credits (non-actors, which are mentioned further on in the review) -
Source:- IMDB (see:- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120632/fullcredits)
Director - Brad Silberling
Screenplay - Wim Wenders, Peter Handke, Richard Reitinger, Dana Stevens
Producers - Charles Roven, Dawn Steel,
Associate Producers - Alan Glazer, Jeff Levine
Co-Producers - Douglas Segal, Kelley Smith-Wait
Executive Producers - Robert Cavallo, Arnon Milchan, Charles Newirth,
Original Music/Musical Score - Gabriel Yared
Cinematography - John Seale
- Story (incl. some of the acting cast) -
City of Angels tells the story of an angel called Seth (played by Nicolas Cage), who has fallen in love with Maggie (played by Meg Ryan), a heart surgeon who works at a local hospital in Los Angeles (of course Los Angeles literally meaning the Angels or City of Angels, in Spanish). The problem is, Maggie has no idea about Seth, as she can't see him but even worse for Seth, Maggie doesn't even believe in angels. She doesn't believe in anything that you can't prove the existence of through science, so for Maggie, the concept of being watched over by an angel is quite laughable.
However, Seth feels so frustrated with his feelings, knowing that he'll have to watch as Maggie lives her life and gets old, with there being no real way that he can show her that he exists. He can't even touch her and this makes him so sad, that he decides to make the biggest decision possible - to give up his immortality as an angel and to become human, so that he can finally meet Maggie and help her believe in his kind.
Does it work out, for either or both of them? what happens when he gives up his immortality, what about Maggie, will she ever believe Seth? is the relationship doomed from the start? can he help her to believe that there really is more out there, than what can be seen under a microscope? you'll have to watch the movie to find out.
- Genre -
This is a romantic drama movie, covering issues of fate, destiny, faith and so on.
- Thoughts/Opinions/Extra Information -
This movie is loosely based on the Wim Wenders German film called 'Wings of Desire', although I can't comment on how similar or dis-similar it is as I haven't seen that movie, I've only read that its based on it.
This is a movie that has definitely touched me, there is something special about it, although im very aware that some people think its simply cheesy, a bit predictable and some people (well, at least one friend in the past said this) think that they were robbed by the ending. For me, what got me was the topic, the issues it dealt with and the message I felt it was trying to convey, that your never alone and that there is more out there. This was something that very much appealed to me, I've always been very interested in such things, the paranormal, angels and all sorts. I think its very depressing to think that we are utterly alone but anyway, back to the movie...
There is some pretty awesome cinematography used in this movie, where you see ariel shots of Los Angeles, where you see groups of angels, in long black jackets, standing around, watching over what goes on in the hustle and bustle of the town below. In the movie, they talk about how they all meet up at a local beach and watch as the sun rises in the morning. There's quite a pretty scene where this is shown and indeed, after Seth has been 'mortalised' (if that is indeed a word, im sure you know what I mean though, made mortal from his previously immortal angel self), he comes to this beach, trying to see if he can detect any of the other angels that he knows are there and he swims in the sea.
One part that should get the waterworks going a bit, for us ladies at least, is after surgery goes badly for one of Maggies patients and she becomes very upset, feeling that she did everything she could, she just can't understand why it didn't work for the patient. Seth comforts her and tries to explain that it isn't all about science, it wasn't in her hands, she did the best she could and that she shouldn't feel bad, it was just their time etc. Of course, she isn't very open at first to believe that this is the case, that anything other than science plays a part in what happens to people and that anyone other than her or anyone else in the operating theatre had any say in what happened to the patient. Seth tries his best to convince her to look past the science books and to believe there is more but she reacts quite strongly against this, thinking that this person must be suffering from some, well, 'issues', put it that way.
It is somewhat difficult to fully explain the appeal of this movie, though I do think for people like me that it is a touching movie. The way that Seth talks to Maggie and her reaction to him, well for a start its, in my opinion, very good quality acting, the performances are particularly good, the frustration and upset is clear in Maggies eyes and the way that Seth tries to explain to her and his mannerisms, the way he acts which gives away that he perhaps isn't as 'normal' as others, its done in an understated sort of way but its done very well, I feel. There are scenes where Seth wants to explore his sudden ability to feel, to touch, which he never had as an angel in the past, he wants to get Maggie to appreciate this. In one scene, in a library in Los Angeles, he gets her to close her eyes and he runs his finger down the middle of her hand (as far as I remember anyway, though ive seen this movie many, many times!) and he asks her what she feels. There's another scene of the two of them when they go to a local market and look at all of the food, particularly the fruits, which fascinates Seth, who had never tasted, let alone touched. He talks of the texture and taste of the fruits.
As well as Nicolas Cage and Meg Ryan, Andre Braugher plays 'Cassiel', who is Seths sort of partner when he's still an angel and he asks Seth about Maggie, what his attraction is in this particular person and so on and Seth asks him, if he's ever felt so strongly about anyone else and about whether anyone that he's watched over, has seen him. It seems that very young children have the ability to see, which they lose after they learn to talk, pretty much (maybe this is true; who knows?! its a nice thought, I wish I could remember! yes I do somewhat shamefully fall for this sort of thing I suppose). Also Dennis Franz plays 'Nathaniel Messinger', a man who appears to know quite a few things about angels and who becomes friends with Seth. Is there more to him than meets the eye? maybe, you'll have to watch the movie to find out, of course.
The ending of the movie is quite sudden in one sense and I certainly don't want to spoil it by giving it away. To me, the ending isn't really so important though, its all about the subject of fate, of there being more out there and of trying to convince you to see, there must be more at play and all of those sorts of things. I think that if your not at all open to such things and you'd laugh at the concept of this movie, at the thought of an 'angel' falling in love with a human and becoming human himself, is utterly daft and sentimental nonsense, then clearly this is not for you. Also if you want to walk away feeling like you got answers to all of the questions posed within the movie then again, you may be slightly disappointed but its not about that to me, to me its a movie to get you thinking, to make you feel like you should appreciate life more and to feel more like you know what? your not alone, there is more out there and you should have faith in that. To me, considering I was a bit of a lonely person in my teenage years (and I still am, to a certain extent), I do find it to be a comforting movie, that I feel has a very interesting concept behind it and that features some particularly strong performances.
- Certificate -
City of Angels is rated 12 in the UK. This is due to some partial nudity shown, as some as some sexual related language/sexuality, although it should be suitable for most teenagers to view. There aren't any graphic sex scenes and there's little violence, with no drugs or heavy swearing present either.
- Soundtrack -
To me, the soundtrack adds quite alot to this movie. It adds to each of the scenes that feature the songs, such as 'Iris' by the Goo Goo Dolls which plays as Seth is travelling to Lake Tahoe to meet up with Maggie. There is some very atmospheric classical music played, most memorably the scene where Seth makes his jump and his transition from immortal angel to mortal human occurs, this is quite a moving piece called 'Angel Falls' and there are other similar atmospheric pieces (such as 'Unfeeling Kiss' and 'Spreading Wings'), all from/by the composer Gabriel Yared, who composed the film score.
Other singers or groups who feature on the official movie soundtrack and in the movie itself, include John Lee Hooker ('Mama You Got A Daughter'), Sarah McLachlan ('Angel' - a favourite track of mine) and Alanis Morissette ('Uninvited'). There are also tracks from U2 ('If God Will Send His Angels'), Jimi Hendrix ('Red House') and Peter Gabriel ('I Grieve'), although I don't *think* these feature during the movie itself.
It is a varied album/soundtrack, with a mix of pop, rock and classical film score tracks, some are older and some are newer. Its a nice mix and if you find the movie as moving and atmospheric as I do, then you should enjoy listening to most of these tracks, to bring back the memory of the better scenes in the movie, apart from anything else. If your a fan of the movie at all, I'd definitely recommend trying to get ahold of this CD and as far as the film is concerned, I'd say that the musical score definitely adds to the atmosphere of the movie in the pivotal scenes and also in the more everyday scenes as well.
- Official Website -
The official website for City of Angels can be found here:- http://city-of-angels.warnerbros.com/
Here you'll find 'Seths notebook' and 'Maggies journal', where you can read an entry in these books and if you click on them a video clip from the movie will load. The quality isn't so good, as its quite an old site dating from around 1998 (the release year of the movie itself!) and it requires QuickTime Player to play the clips.
You can also find production notes, scenes from the film, the movie trailer and interview clips and information on the soundtrack on the site, as well as information on angels (angels on film, information on LA (aka the city of angels), links to websites about angels and you can send angel webcards too).
Incase its not too clear, you access these different sections by clicking on one of the three angels to the far bottom left of the main window, if you put your cursor over them, the section name shows up (thats 'Love Story' (ie the notebook/journal), 'Production' and 'Angels').
- Conclusions -
To me, this is quite a magical and touching movie. I'm not naive enough to believe that everyone else will necessarily walk away from having seen it feeling that its as good, as I feel it is. I am aware that some people think its over sentimental, that its perhaps a bit predictable towards the end, or that its just a bit stupid. Well, if you know what the story is about and it doesn't appeal, then simply don't see it but I don't think its fair to give this a bad rating because some people think the idea is daft, or anything like that.
The performances in this movie are great, the musical score and soundtrack is also particularly good and both of these things add to the already quite fascinating (in my opinion) story, making it a particularly good movie, thats well worth watching, if it sounds like something that would interest you.
Like I say, the movie should make you wonder about the messages behind it, is there some immortal being out there that watches over you? is there such a thing as fate? is there more to life, than what we know of and can explain?.
At the end of the day and at the end of the movie, you may wonder what exactly your supposed to think, as the ending may also be seen as quite confusing (though I don't want to give it away), it is certainly pretty emotional but again, like I keep saying, I feel that in a sense its a case of not expecting exact answers to the questions posed, philosophically or otherwise, in the movie but rather its to make you question and think about it yourself.
So if this is your sort of thing, I would very much encourage you to rent or buy the movie - get some tissues out, be prepared to be pretty open minded and watch and enjoy. I hope that you get as much enjoyment and comfort from this movie as I have and if your like me and enjoy the classical pieces and the other tracks played during the movie, I'd also encourage you to look into the soundtrack CD, which can be bought separately (whether this is still published as the movie and soundtrack are about ten years old, I'm not entirely sure but you can always check for second hand copies etc.).
I hope this review did the movie justice and that it helps explain why it is one of my two very much favourite movies that ive seen.
Thanks for all r/r/c's and this review is also posted on Ciao under my name there which is the same name, IzzyS.
Meg Ryan and Nicolas Cage take the lead roles, I personally think they're both great actors and didn't disappoint in this film.
Nicolas Cage plays the role of Seth an Angel, who must decide whether to give up his immortality and become human, in the hope that the woman of his dreams will love him in return. Such a romantic film, and if there's ever a film that will get you crying it will be this one so make sure you have the tissues at hand!
The special features include, production notes, scene access, a 'making angels' documentary, additional scenes and a peter Gabriel and Alanis Morissette interview (on side B.) So if any of those take you fancy there's plenty to watch once you've watched the movie. I personally only ever tend to bother with deleted and or additional scenes.
I actually really liked the sound track on this film so went out a bought the CD after watching it, Its unusual for me to do this as ill normally just download songs now, but I thought it was a nice thing to have.
The CD/ Film includes recordings by; U2, Peter Gabriel, Goo Goo Dolls, Alanis Morissette and Paula Cole. I hadn't heard of the last 2 before, but I liked the music.
City Of Angels
Before watching this DVD the only place I had ever really heard of 'The City Of Angels' was on Magic At The Movies, where every now and then my favourite song by Goo Goo Dolls called Iris was playing with clips from the film in the background. It always looked like a good film and with Meg Ryan and Nicholas Cage playing as leads, I thought, what could go wrong? So the other week I brought it off EBay and sat down to watch it. Here's what I thought.
What if Angels are among us? When you feel that invisible presence beside you, they are there watching you, keeping an eye on you.
Seth is one of those angels, but his job changes when he meets Maggie. When she is operating, she looks straight at Seth. Maggie becomes intrigued by Seth and Seth has to choose between the love of his life and becoming human or staying an angel.
Nicholas Cage: Seth- Cage plays Seth the angel who has a choice to make, looks bored all the way throughout the film and it just does nothing for me.
Meg Ryan: Maggie- Is a better actor than Cage but still it was not as good as other films I've seen her in.
Andre Brugher: Cassiel- Good actor, this guy looks so familiar, but can't work out what I've seen him in.
Dennis Franz: Messinger- Messinger is the guy that tells Seth he can fall from heaven and become human.
Is it any good?
I've just found out today that it's actually a copy of a film called 'Wings'. If you know of the song Iris by Goo Goo Dolls, you know the film. All the way through I was singing along to it, thinking this is pretty much the storyline in this song, the song is beautiful, however in my opinion the film was not.
I'm always one for romantic stories, it's always nice to sit down with a bottle of cough*Bacardi*cough and watch one, however this wasn't my cup of tea.
The main let down for me was actually Nicholas Cage. I've probably seen very little of him in films, all I can remember right now is Next & Face/Off. In Face/Off this actor shocked me, he was brilliant, but in this film and Next he was pretty awful. He's completely expressionless, unemotional; it really ruined the film in my eyes.
I've read quite a few reviews and a lot of people love Nicholas Cage in this film, but for me Meg Ryan was the better of the two and that's really saying something.
I'm also a big fan of music in movies, this film does have music, don't get me wrong, Iris is my favourite song of all time, but they only play the first two verses and the chorus. My philosophy always has been is that if the movie opens with a decent track, that's intentional for the film, then it's going to be a good one, however this film just felt bland throughout, and not enough musical numbers throughout.
I was told that this movie would 'touch my heart'; in my opinion it was just a pretty bland movie, with second rate actors (I've never really been a fan of Meg Ryan).
Download Iris (Goo Goo Dolls) It pretty much tells you the story and in some what a much better and moving way. The film itself was boring and the ending was just too abrupt. I sat through the credits for about 1 minute before I realised that they were actually saying that was the end. Not a brilliant film in the slightest however it's got something there.
It sounded a lot familiar to a book I read once by Cecelia Ahern called If You Could See Me Now, the stories slightly different as it's about an imaginary friend, but I just felt that was a lot like this and much better than this film.
Hoped this helped.
My Mum originally gave me this film to watch when it was first released saying only that it was a good film, i had no idea what is was about and who was in it. It has since become one of my favourite films of all time!
We are introduced to Maggie, played by Meg Ryan who is a heart surgeon, she is fighting to save a patient on her table. Nicolas Cage who plays Seth is waiting in the room, he is an Angel waiting to take the patient to another place. Seth is convinced that Maggie has seen him and begins to hang around a bit more.
Maggie does begin to see him and they strike up a friendship that turns to love, he tells her who he really is and she finds it difficult to accept.
Seth needs to decide what to do, does he forget her and remain an Angel or take the fall and become Human?
Will Seth and Maggie finally be together?
This is a love story and yes is very soppy, but the acting is great and both Cage and Ryan are very convincing in their roles. I found myself being completely absorbed into it and almost feeling what they were feeling it was very powerful.
This is a film that will make you laugh, wonder and cry.
No Matter how many times i watch this film i just don't get bored, it really is that good.
i watched this a couple times and was impressed with how much i beleived cage was a angel. unlike his prisoner character in con-air.
i felt for him in the end, giving up soo much for love and then the worse happens.
but atleast he got to feel life and love.
something more then some of the reviewers on this website do.
sometimes i wish they would bring out a city of angels two where he an old man and dies, reuniting him with maggy. but then again where they left it off was good.. i only saying about the sequal because my girlfriend has lost the romantic feeling about the movie after watching it several times with me. we need something new
City of Angels is a soppy romantic film it would probably make a lot of people tearful but then i love them type of films. i also love Nicolas cage.
The main actors are Nicolas Cage who is Seth an angel and Meg Ryan who is a hospital surgeon called Maggie.
Its mainly about how Seth and Maggie fall in love and how things go for them.
Its about choices you make in life for love and how life has its ups and downs.
I think the film has a lot of beautiful scenes, i love some of the views of places in the film.
The soundtracks are soppy and goes well with the film.
CONFUSING OR NOT
The storyline from the start is great and easy to follow you know exactly what is going on its not confusing or slow to start the main story like some films can be.
I think the saddest moment is right at the end in my personal opinion i dont know who is more upset the people in the film or me.
I would say its well worth buying or renting and if your a soppy romantic like me you wont be able to stop watching it.
An absolute heart wrenching romance! Meg Ryan plays a heart surgeon by the name of Dr Maggie Rice. One day she loses a patient she is operating on. Clearly shaken and totally blaming herself she sits crying alone on the steps in the hospital corridor. A restless angel named Seth (Nicolas Cage) often wanders around listening to peoples thoughts and comforting those in need. He happens to come across Maggie in her obvious state of distress and is deeply drawn to her. As the movie proceeds Seth becomes more and more devoted to Maggie. He begins to yearn for everyday things like taste and touch. Simple things that celestial beings don't have. This romantic movie shows the struggle of a mortal and a celestial who feel the need to sacrifice everything familiar to them for the sake of love. (Reminescent of Romeo and Juliet - 2 beings whose lives conflict in such a way that love seems impossible). BUT can this forbidden love survive? The Daily Mail quoted this as 'the most romantic film since Ghost'. But personally I think that this is better! When I first saw this movie I loved it so much I wouldn't stop going on about it! I thought it was excellent. At last a movie where the script wasn't scribbled on the back of a beer mat! I thought all the acting was done with great perfection and I almost felt like part of it myself! I was really drawn into it! Also I have to admit quite a few tears were shed, too! My boyfriend bought me it on VHS for Valentine's Day, but I now aim to own the DVD too as there a lot of extras on it. Perfect for girly nights in with a bottle of wine, or for a romantic night in with the other half! Rated as a 12.
Some critics complained that City of Angels could never compare to Wim Wenders's exquisite German film Wings of Desire, which served as the later film's primary inspiration. The better argument to make is that any such comparisons are beside the point, because Wings of Desire was a much more deeply poetic, artfully contemplative film, whereas City of Angels is an enchanting product of mainstream Hollywood. Meg Ryan stars as Dr. Maggie Rice, a heart surgeon who is grieving over a lost patient when an angel named Seth (Nicolas Cage) appears to comfort her. She can see him despite the "rule" that angels are invisible, and Seth's love for Maggie forces him to choose between angelic immortality and a normal human existence on earth with her. Featuring heavenly roles for TV veterans Andre Braugher and Dennis Franz, the film liberally borrows imagery from Wings of Desire, but it also creates its own charming identity. Cage and Ryan give fine performances as lovers convinced they are soul mates, and although the plot relies on a last-minute twist that doesn't quite work, this earnest love story struck a chord with audiences and proved to be one of the surprise hits of 1998. --Jeff Shannon