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Angels and Insects

To begin with, this is a British movie. This means there's a lot of talking, and not much DOING. Also, the cinematography and art direction are inspired, vivid and elegant. These give you something to look at while everyone on screen is taking a long time to talk before they actually do anything. Hint: The theme of "Insects" is not limited to the actual insects depicted, and the viewer who enjoys finding metaphors will carefully observe the characters and their costumes. The underlying symbolism is what makes it all worthwhile, however, the struggle of science and secular-humanist ideals to claw their way from beneath the monstrous stupidity of feudal British culture. You're probably thinking "Ha ha! That Evan is making one of his obscure symbolism jests again!" but I'm serious. It wouldn't surprise me if the book that the film is based on was the product of "British Rage," the feeling of anger a Brit experiences when he or she stops for a moment and thinks rationally about ramifications of the British class structure, the obscene waste of lives and resources it has caused over the centuries, and how way too much power has been given to people that have a title, a seriously deformed personality, and the mental capacity of broccoli. Keep this image in mind while watching, and you'll understand.

Of all the British movies I've seen, this is one of the least painful to watch. It is languidly paced but visually appealing, and even though there are no swordfights or carriage chases, there is sex and nudity. Angelophobics can watch, but insectophobes will get the creepy-crawlies.

If you liked the movies below, you'll probably like this one (and visa versa):

  • Gosford Park
  • Howard's End
  • Room With A View

Overall Rating: 7 (where 1=Worthless, 10=Fabulous)

Eight-Facet Info Rating, rated on a scale of 0 (None) to 4 (Lots!)):

Humor: 0
Nudity: 2
Sexual Reference: 1
Sexual Activity: 2
Action: 0
Gore: 0
Violence: 0
Profanity: 0


© 2003 Evan M. Nichols