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City Of Angels (DVD)
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City Of Angels (DVD)
Advantages: Lovely story, emotional, well acted
Disadvantages: Very emotional!
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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Summary: A great movie