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The clunky dialogue and shallow characters fail to capitalize upon Angel-A's stunning, poetic cinematography.
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... a visually sumptuous, dramatically inert fable ...
Familiar situations and trite dialogue give this movie the feel of something freeze-dried and reconstituted.
Besson's black-and-white angel fantasy is a weak homage to Wings of Desire, if that's what he was shooting for.
Luc Besson returns to his roots in this delightful, funny and stylish fantasy. Shot in gloriously crisp black and white, it's also a bit of a throwback to the French New Wave for its technique and dazzling location vignettes across Paris.
You desperately want the story, and the characters, to make some kind of emotional sense. This, however, does not happen.
Counterfeit art-house chic writ large -- a French film that fails to produce the ineffable charms of the yesteryear movies it brazenly imitates.
Besson is clearly aiming for something like a fairy tale, but a work this forced and self-absorbed can only end up feeling terribly earthbound.
A better grubby guy/hot chick fable than Knocked Up, certainly much more honest about its male-fantasy status
Ultimately Angel-A never takes flight, weighted down by an overabundance of metaphysical clichés stolen from other films.
The film settles into a laid-back groove that is, how shall we say, endlessly boring.
Angela's Oprah-ish effort to change Andre's lying ways becomes a tedious mix of self-help and pop-philosophizing . . . the film's black-and-white look is two shades more complex than its gender politics.
Besson gives the movie a warmth and charm all its own...
Not all Luc Besson's movies like me. But this one is great. I laugh like crazy. It's a comedy/drama very good told. it should be remembered as a classic even whe the critics think is so bad. Or may be that I just like corny and funny movies with good FX. Who knows!
Weclome return for luc besson being you here a small and nicely crafed movie with to fine performances keeping the story moving.Shoot in Black and white and in paris this as a lot of chram there is'nt much going on but its the two leads that keeps the film alive and very watchable.Recommand to all luc besson fan .
I liked it, good film. Reminded me of my times in Paris, and how such a romantic city it is. C'est La Vie. B&W, English subtitiles.
When a downtrodden small timer tries to kill himself when faced with insurmountable debts, he meets his guardian angel in the form of a statuesque beauty. Beautifully photographed in and around Paris, Angel-A sees Luc Besson returning to the familiar territory of French cinema in which beautiful but insane women always seem to fall for ugly French wasters! Rie Rasmussen's picture is probably filed under the word "goddess" in Wikipedia, and she shows some great talent for comedy with her character who is a cross between Clarence from It's A Wonderful Life and the ghost of Christmas present from Scrooged. Her "alternative" strategies when it comes to dealing with a suitably down at heel Jamel Debbouze's problems makes for some nice laughs and it has an easy and pleasant charm that is all too often missing from its schmaltz infested American counterparts. The plot is intriguing until the end, where it unfortunately falls down with an easy but unsatisfying resolution to supply the (decidedly un-French) happy ending, but it is still an engaging if lightweight little fantasy.
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