Skip to comments.The Da Vinci Code (Variety movie review)
Posted on 05/17/2006 10:05:58 AM PDT by siunevada
Posted: Tue., May 16, 2006, 5:40pm PT
The Da Vinci Code A Sony Pictures Entertainment release of a Columbia Pictures and Imagine Entertainment presentation of a Brian Grazer/John Calley production. Produced by Grazer, Calley. Executive producers, Todd Hallowell, Dan Brown. Directed by Ron Howard. Screenplay, Akiva Goldsman, based on the book by Dan Brown.
Robert Langdon - Tom Hanks Sophie Neveu - Audrey Tautou Sir Leigh Teabing - Ian McKellen Captain Bezu Fache - Jean Reno Silas - Paul Bettany Bishop Aringarosa - Alfred Molina Vernet - Jurgen Prochnow Remy Jean - Jean-Yves Berteloot Lt. Collet - Etienne Chicot Jacques Sauniere - Jean-Pierre Marielle Sister Sandrine - Marie-Francoise Audollent
By TODD MCCARTHY
A pulpy page-turner in its original incarnation as a huge international bestseller has become a stodgy, grim thing in the exceedingly literal-minded film version of "The Da Vinci Code." Tackling head-on novelist Dan Brown's controversy-stirring thriller hinging on a subversively revisionist view of Jesus Christ's life, director Ron Howard and screenwriter Akiva Goldsman have conspired to drain any sense of fun out of the melodrama, leaving expectant audiences with an oppressively talky film that isn't exactly dull, but comes as close to it as one could imagine with such provocative material; result is perhaps the best thing the project's critics could have hoped for.
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I'll reserve judgment. Keep in mind when you listen to movie critics--these are the same people that thought Brokeback Mountain was legendary, groundbreaking good movie material.
It couldn't be Jacques Chirac, could it?
As I said on another thread, I got to about page thirty and gave up. It was like reading the transcript of a pretentious episode of Scooby Doo.
"It was like reading the transcript of a pretentious episode of Scooby Doo"
Now THAT is funny. :)
Critics who would love to grind the "Christer" axe are giving it thumbs down. Apparently it is really boring.
Not to mention that the monk offs a nun in a cathedral. Without getting hurt by her Ruler-Kwan-do.
Too talkie and cloyingly sincere. In other words, a big fat turkey.
Please pass the cranberry jelly...
Meybe too complex for you?
Long (2.5 hours), boring, and full of unintended humor: They laughed where they weren't supposed to at Cannes.
If you consider Scooby Doo too complex, I can see where the book might be right up you alley.
Enjoy coloring it.
The teachers' union won't allow their members to take literacy tests because the truth is that a lot of public school teachers are functional illiterates. The entire public education system is a make-work affirmative-action program. The idealists don't last five years in the public education bureacracy. The only ones who stay are the ones who are just in it for the paycheck.
And medical students are no longer chosen by merit, they are chosen by racial quota, though the medical schools disguise it as best they can.
Well, yes. I imagine if one did not read the book it might be quite difficult to understand.
And she would have gotten away with it too, if it weren't for you meddling conservative teenagers!
Da Vinci coded?
You talk about troll, but you do not ping me and you are making fun of a mistake! Anyways...
Rush said that all critics are panning it - audiences walking out early etc.
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