Saturday, May 20, 2006

film - The Da Vinci Code


I wasn't crazy about the book like some people, but I wanted to see how the film turned out.

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It's going to be seen by a ton of people, but it's not a terrific film. There's little chemistry between Tom Hanks and Audrey Tautou. Paul Bettany was good as the creepy albino monk into self-flagellation. Sir Ian McKellan was alright as the rich eccentric historian. I didn't get a sense that this was as good a thriller as it could have been. Hanks' performance has been described as being "bloodless." Some of the dialogue is stupidly cheesy. What made the book mildly interesting - when the reader gets the puzzles revealed and tries to solve them - is not as big a part of the film.

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Perhaps Ron Howard was the wrong guy to direct it or maybe it just wasn't going to be good since the book was mediocre.

Sir Ian McKellan appears next week in X-Men 3.

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