I liked it. So I'm sappy. Sue me.I've never seen Wim Wenders' Wings Of Desire, which this film is supposedly based on, so don't jump me on how it's an inferior remake. I wouldn't know. I know Wim Wenders is a good director and I know that this movie was directed by the same guy who directed Casper. It doesn't change my opinion of it.
It's schmaltz. I say that and I still like it. Maggie (Meg Ryan) is a heart surgeon who loses a patient. She looks up, and sees Seth (Nicolas Cage), who's an angel. Angels are cool. They walk around in flowing black overcoats and hang out in libraries. They gather at the beach at sunrise and sunset because they can hear music when it happens. You're not supposed to see angels, though. Seth chose to let himself be seen. See, he's quite smitten with Maggie. So smitten, in fact, that he'd give up his angel-(hood? -ness? -wings?) to be with her. His friend Cassiel (Andre Braugher), another angel, isn't so sure, but Nathanial Messinger (Dennis Franz) has done it. He's fallen - as the term for becoming mortal goes - and he's enjoying it all, the smoking, the red meat, all the things humans seem to love that are bad for them, but also the family that he's created. Seth decides to do it. He falls (literally) for Maggie. They're in love (after a brief spat where she calls him a freak and threatens to marry someone else). Seth experiences many things, and Maggie dies in an accident. That's it. Seth has given it all up, for what was in actuality only a day or so with her. He'll spend the rest of his mortal life without her. But it's okay, he tells Cassiel, because he would rather have "one breath from her hair, one touch of her hand, then eternity without it. One."
I liked this film. I liked it primarily because of the actors involved, and not just the two leads. Ryan and Cage are two talented actors. I prefer Cage in these dramatic roles over his action films simply because it gives him a chance to flex his acting muscle. But this movie also has two of the best television actors out there in supporting roles: Franz (of NYPD Blue) and Braugher (late of Homicide: Life On The Street).
I don't know if it's a good remake or even a worthy remake, but I liked it. I think you will, too.Solid drama.