May 7, 2009

Vatican paper: ‘Demons’ film is harmless

L'Osservatore Romano, the official Vatican newspaper, has described the controversial Catholic-themed film Angels & Demons as harmless entertainment.

Set largely at the Vatican, Demons is the follow-up to director Ron Howard's international blockbuster The Da Vinci Code. Both Demons and Code are big-screen adaptations of Dan Brown thrillers and star Hollywood actor Tom Hanks as Robert Langdon, a mystery-solving Harvard University symbologist.

Some Catholic leaders have spoken out against the books and films, claiming they are inaccurate and portray the Roman Catholic Church in a negative light.

But after watching Demons at its premiere in Rome Monday night, the critic for the Vatican newspaper likened it to a videogame that first of all sparks curiosity and is also, maybe, a bit of fun, the BBC said.

The review that ran in Wednesday's edition of the newspaper also called the soon-to-be-released movie gripping and harmless entertainment. It added that the film featured splendid visuals, but also contained historical inaccuracies and stereotyped characters, the BBC said.