Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5. Germany/USA, 1998. Atlas Entertainment, Monarchy Enterprises B.V., Regency Enterprises, Taurus Film, Warner Bros.. Screenplay by Dana Stevens, based on the screenplay Der Himmel Uber Berlin by Wim Wenders, Peter Handke, Richard Reitinger. Cinematography by John Seale. Produced by Dawn Steel, Charles Roven. Music by Gabriel Yared. Production Design by Lilly Kilvert. Costume Design by Shay Cunliffe. Film Editing by Lynzee Klingman. Golden Globe Awards 1998.
Stylish and poetic remake of Wim Wenders’ classic Wings of Desire, featuring Nicolas Cage as the wandering angel in search of his own humanity, and Meg Ryan as the love interest (now a surgeon instead of a circus performer) who inspires him to fall to earth and be a mortal. Cage takes the leap of faith only to find that things don’t always quite work out as expected on the big scary planet. It’s nowhere near the wandering meditation that Wings was (this one is actually stylistically closer to Faraway, So Close than the original), but Ryan is excellent in one of her most notable dramatic roles, and Dennis Franz is charming as the other fallen angel, originally played by Peter Falk.