I feel like reading a book. Unfortunately, the only books I have been able to read recently are the books I read to a bunch of small children. Well, I guess the next best thing would be to watch a movie based on a book. That is close to the same thing, right? So today I am watching The DaVinci Code.
The plot. A man is chased and killed in the Louvre by a mysterious, hooded stranger. Robert Langdon, an American symbologist, is brought in by the French police to help decipher a message that was left in the victim’s blood. What he discovers is a far greater mystery, one that he and the victim’s granddaughter, Sophie Neveu, must uncover. But hounding them along the way is the French police, led by Captain Bezu Fache, as well as the hooded figure, who serves his own dark master.
In the early/mid 2000, who hadn’t heard of Dan Brown and this book. The number of people I saw reading this book or talking about this book was remarkable. So since this book was getting such notoriety, it only made sense that some studio was going to try and make this into a movie. Now while this was an epic best selling book, the movie adaptation had a lot of critics. There were protests at some theaters, and it was panned at some festivals. In spite of all that, this movie still made a lot of money in theaters, being the second highest grossing film in 2006.
Now i liked the book, and I really hate to try and compare the two, but I thought the movie was rather bland. I did like the casting of Tom Hanks and Ian McKellen but unfortunately, good casting cannot always compensate for a bad script. The character of Sophie was a much stronger character in the book than she was in the movie. The movie ran long and seemed to drag on at times while trying to keep up with as many plot twists from the book that they could. However, trying to keep as much of the book into the movie lessened the impact of the movie for me.
So whether or not you have read the book, I can’t tell you if you should watch this movie or not. But if you are a fan of Tom Hanks or Ian McKellen, you might like this movie.
Rating: 2 1/2 out of 5