Angels Forever (2016) – By Misty Layne


Angels Forever, by Adam Jones, is a short abstract piece that’s more art project than anything. It’s a look at the director’s idea of what heaven could be like and is intriguing in the way that it could have worked, really, in any art medium (personally, I think it would make an amazing photography piece). Does it work as a film? Sure, why not? Abstract cinema merely needs to be representative of something; everything else is left up to the audience’s interpretation.

Angels Forever takes the idea of a person walking through a door into that brilliant white light, then follows it up with images of men and women amongst smoke and varying lightburst effects. It’s interesting to note that the “angels” look more like ghosts than anything, giving off an impression of more Purgatory than heaven. There’s also a small bit with a girl dancing and twirling in a field, drenched in sepia tones. That part sticks out; doesn’t seem to fit in quite as well – unless perhaps the idea is that the other people ARE in Purgatory and she is in heaven? It’s one way to look at it.

I loved the lighting. Vivid colors (pinks especially) played backdrop for the fog and mist, creating a ghostly ambiance that fit well. And the music was also quite good – think “spa music”. I was REALLY relaxed by the end of this film, lol. It was a nice touch, whether intentional or not.

Abstract films can be difficult to review as they so often lack creativity (which seems an oxymoron) but while nothing particularly new here, this was an interesting little art piece in the abstract genre. I look forward to what Mr. Jones brings us next!