Wardi does the Da Vinci Code

As promised, my thoughts on the Da Vinci Code. If you haven't read the book and/or seen the film already - and don't want any spoilers (like anyone could avoid hearing about it..!), this is a post you might want to skip. Here we go.

This isn't a review as such, it's more of a collection of thoughts about the film.

First of all, I want to say that I liked the film. I liked the book too. For what they are: fiction and entertainment. You may have heard/read reviews that were less than impressed with the film and in a way they are right: it's not impressive cinema by a long shot. What it is, however, is good entertainment. And what's wrong with that??

My (only) main point of criticism is the choice of Tom Hanks as the lead character. I don't exactly know why he just seems wrong in the role. Maybe it's because he's so famous and in my head Robert Langdon is a bit of a blank canvas/nobody character, and it would have suited the part better to have a lesser known actor play the role.

Other than that I pretty much agree with the cast. Ian McKellan as Teabing is brilliant and so is Jean Reno as Fache. And Audrey Tatou is just fab.

Speaking of Teabing, I thought it was cool how he has all these techie things in his house. I watched an interview with McKellan and he talked about how he had a say in how the house was decorated, specifically suggesting exactly the tech stuff.

I like the opening sequence a lot, it's in the Grande Gallerie in the Louvre at night and you see these fabulous famous paintings looking through the dark. Very eerie. How cool it must have been to be there at night doing those scenes!

They use a really nice blending of present day with more...dreamy sequences of the past. For example, outside Westminster Abbey there's this almost ghost-like medieval (?) street scene.

Similarly they "show" how Langdon's brain works when he's solving different puzzles that Sauniere has left behind. That's very interesting. If you've seen A Beautiful Mind (same director), you'll probably recognise it.

A couple of geeky things: in the beginning when Langdon is doing his lecture, he's reading from a notebook which looks suspiciously like a Moleskine!

Some of the characters speak Latin in some sequences, which is really cool if you ask me - although it sounds a bit funny, like they are reading it out loud not speaking it as such. Which is probably the case... And they speak Medieval Latin (which my Latin teacher used to berate us for!), you can recognise it by the 'c' in some words being pronounced as an 's' sound instead of a 'k' sound...

As I remember the book, the film seems to be fairly faithful to it, although obviously some bits have been left out. But none of the important parts. So, if you liked the book, I think you'll be entertained by the film. I was and so was T. If you haven't read the book, you'll probably be entertained too. But don't expect too much action, there is some, but it is a somewhat slow and "brainy" film...

Thursday, May 25, 2006 posted by Wardi @ 10:23 PM