Tonight I went to see The DaVinci Code in theatres. Spoilers are ahead. If you don’t want to be spoiled, go play elsewhere. If you’re ready for my totally biased and inaccurate ravings, please pull up a chair and scroll down.
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Ready? Excellent. Well, I’ve already read the book, but I won’t discuss the details that were different (mostly because I don’t notice those things ). The beginning is noticeably different, however.
Overall the movie was okay; it wasn’t a bomb, but it wasn’t anything special either. I enjoyed the very end, the last scene. It’s quite potent and a fitting way to conclude. The middle was where it started to drag. I think that this movie will actually be better to watch at home, where I can pause and go get a cup of tea or something without missing any of the information.
The camera angles were weird. Although they were fine for parts of the movie, at times I felt that they didn’t work well.
The acting was, again, okay. Tom Hanks (Langdon) and Audrey Tautou (Sophie) were not as bad as some critics have claimed. I think that Hanks was trying a bit too hard; he seemed unsure of how to portray Langdon’s eloquent multi-fold revelations to Sophie. Tautou, whom I’ve never seen before, acquitted herself well. I think that she’s probably resembled her character more than any of the other actors in action and characterisation. On the flip side, Jean Reno (Fache) was a surprise! I did not imagine Fache to either look or act like that at all, but in the end, he was one of the three best actors in the movie! The other two were Jean-Yves Berteloot (Remy) and Ian McKellen (Teabing), who provided the exciting, flamboyant ingredient that Hanks and Tautou lacked.
It was an awfully long movie. The problem, like I mentioned above, was that there’s so much information to cover, history and backstory and stuff like that. There were a few moments when I was sitting in the theatre and feeling a bit restless. In a way, it was riveting, but it could use a pause button.
Also, I succumbed to the evil corporate influence and bought the illustrated edition of Angels and Demons afterward. It was 25% off; I happened to have enough money on hand and it was right there in Shoppers Drug Mart, and it would ensure a pleasurable reading material for the long weekend.
I recommend that you see the movie, if only so that we can make Dan Brown enough money that he can retire in peace instead of making more movies. You’ll probably enjoy yourself if you keep in mind that a) Hollywood is greedy, 2) It’s fiction, and c) If you don’t do it, then you will be out of the loop. So go do it because it’s what the cool people are doing. You want to be cool, right?
Two more weeks until the Galactica season finale! (Just thought I’d throw that out there.)