We saw The DaVinci Code last night and I have to say I was somewhat disappointed. I thought the movie stayed very true to the book, but there was just something missing to me and also to my husband. He thought the main problem was Tom Hanks - he just couldn't believe the idea that Tom Hanks was an intellectual.
Personally, I thought it was more about the script and the directing; the pacing was, at times, glacial. If you've read the book, you know that you virtually get dragged along on an incredible roller coaster ride of suspense. The movie didn't do that for me - perhaps becuase I had read the book. Oh, and I remember reading that in Cannes, some in the audience laughed out loud right at the film's climax. We did too.
The reviews seem to be largely negative, but box office receipts appear to be fairly good. I was one of those who read the bad reviews and was intent on seeing the film anyway, but if I had it to do over again, I'd wait for the DVD.
The one saving grace was that Paul Bettany looked good - if really creepy.
Ron Howard directs the movie - not really expect much from him. His works tends to be more on the commercial side - typical Hollywood style.
The movie certainly lacked the pacing of the book, I suppose that is to be expected in translating the complexity of a book into a movie. Serious problems include the lack of pink eyes in Silas (he had pigmented eyes, so he couldn't be albino in the movie), the change of the pentagram from abdomen to chest (couldn't show an old man's penis), the changes to the conclusion (esp. Silas, the exemption of Sophie's brother, Sauniere's relat. to Sophie). Still, Paul Bettany naked: what an ass.
Okay - I liked it, but the book was definitely better, as always. I agree that Tom Hanks is just not intellectual and does not fit the part. The book was more suspenseful, and the things that they omitted and changed irked me. But yes, Paul Bettany... yum.
"an incredible roller coaster ride of suspense"? Wow. I thought the book was badly written, with awful characterization and predictable plot. I'm still curious to see the film though.
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