Angel (2007)

3 Kernels

Stars: Romola Garai, Michael Fassbender, Sam Neill

Type: Movie

This film was recommended to me by a friend, and I found it quite interesting. Set in the Edwardian era in Cheshire, England, it’s a story about a young woman, who dreams of being an author. She comes from a poor background and is the daughter of a widowed grocery shopkeeper. As soon as you meet Angel, you will quickly pick up on her narcissistic tendencies.

Angel wants to be a writer, and is convinced she’s brilliant even before her first book is picked up by a publisher. :inserts laughter here: She writes romance novels, filled with her own fantasies. Of course, she’s an overnight success, which feeds into her need for attention, and Angel quickly learns to bask in the limelight.

Angel writes not only for success, but she writes to rewrite her own painful life by creating a world of her own imagination. As an author having had times of building my own make-believe worlds to shut out the pain of reality, I totally understood the driving force behind Angel Deverell’s need to rewrite her life in order to survive it. Creativity sometimes borders on a type of madness, and I think there has always been some stigma that the greatest of geniuses in any art form are a bit eccentric and unbalanced.

You soon learn, as the movie progresses, that Angel possesses deep emotional problems. She falls in love with the idea of loving a man that she has fantasized about, but when the fantasy becomes reality, it’s her undoing in the end.

Though the beginning is filled with what I call “fluff” of Angel’s rise in popularity as a writer, the unhappiness that eventually catches up to her isn’t a surprise. She loved her husband like the characters in her books loved their heros – blindly and with a tad of selfish and obsessive possessiveness. In addition, the home she dreamed of owning as a child called Paradise, becomes a reality when she makes enough money to purchase the estate. However, she soon learns that Paradise isn’t everything she had hoped for, and her home becomes her personal purgatory instead.

The costumes and indoor settings are stunning, but the cinematography is awful, which distracts from the story and cheapens the film. It’s too bad, frankly, because a bigger budget might have made this film a little more memorable. Fake backgrounds abound, and they are terrible. Romola Garai does a fine job portraying Angel, and I can’t complain about her performance.

All in all, I enjoyed it and would recommend it to my author friends. It’s the tragic drama of an interesting character’s life. Worth the watch if you’re into that sort of storyline.

Below is a trailer, however, it’s not the best of quality.

  1 comment for “Angel (2007)

  1. September 26, 2013 at 7:25 am

    i've saw this movie it was really beautiful movie i've seen. and in fact i got a copy of that movie i want to add it on my movie collection.

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