Tuesday, May 30, 2006

The Da Vinci Code (*1/2)

Let's get this out of the way first: the book, though not great, is an enjoyable read with an interesting idea as its basis. In this really pathetic adaptation by Ron Howard and Akiva Goldsman though, all of the book's faults are brought glaringly to the surface. I think the big problem with the movie, and there are many, is that it takes itself way too seriously. I would have loved for there to be some enjoyment or excitement in their quest for the Holy Grail, not unlike an Indiana Jones or something. As it stands, The Da Vinci Code is a glum, ugly-looking movie that fails to thrill. Tom Hanks is a robot in the film--it's a terrible performance from a usually reliable actor. Although there are many interesting realizations, none of the characters seem all that awed or impressed by them, so why should we? If you're a big fan of the book, I guess you should see it for yourself. In my opinion though, it's just a waste of 2.5 hours. Hated it.


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