City of Angels is a unique romance featuring the likes of Nicolas Cage and Meg Ryan. Cage, an angel, debates whether to give up his eternal life to be with the woman he loves, a doctor played by Ryan. Their differences, of course, make for some interesting subject manner and director Brad Siberling takes us through some interesting perspectives on life.
City of Angels starts off interesting from the start, where Cage leads a little girl into the light after she dies from an extremely high fever. The movie then moves to a surgical move where Cage watches Ryan try to save the life of a man and she mysteriously looks directly at him, even though humans can't see him. This leads him to question the possibilities, and progresses into the rest of the movie.
Cage lends Ryan a lot of theories that could counteract her work as a doctor, such as fate. The acting and dialogue in Angels is extremely good and the interaction between Cage and the other characters in the movie is interesting. Dennis Franz plays what probably is the weirdest character in the movie, and gives Cage some advice and the knowledge he needs.
Still, after the first forty minutes, which contains a lot of interesting views from the angels' perspectives and so forth, the movie's light begins to fade a little. Most of the movie is the director's playground of angles and unusual views, but beyond that, the love story is simple. But the ending is shocking to say the least, and definitely not what I expected, even after the incident happens.
City of Angels is a well-done movie and a sure watch for anyone willing to expand their imagination of the beyond.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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