Movie Review - The Da Vinci Code (2006 United States)
There's corny and there's corny and then there's THIS
It's hard to imagine a big budget movie that fails as dramaticly as does The Da Vinca Code
Here’s yet another big, expensive, silly Hollywood movie! Why doesn’t it work? Oh, let me count the (many, many) ways: for one thing, it's self-conscious -- as was the book. Dan Brown clearly wrote it thinking, "how can I make sure I can sell the film option for this?" I will admit I couldn’t finish the book; after the first ten pages or so I just put it down and never felt motivated to pick it back up again. Two words describe my reaction to what I did manage to read. The first word is pretentious. The second is baloney.
The movie further insults the viewer by constantly reminding us how very, very important the premise is -- even though it is actually utterly irrelevant. How many people do you know who really care about the big ‘What If’ of this film? Seriously. Aren’t we all too busy worrying about stuff like war, recession, poverty, intolerance — real problems, in other words — to give a rat’s rear end if Jesus Christ had a wife or a kid? Please tell me how that possibility, if correct, impacts anyone’s real life? And I mean anyone excluding I guess Catholic priests, nuns and – evidently – whatever demographic Dan Brown had in mind when he wrote the (oh, did I mention it’s just awful?) book and whatever portion of the screenplay (he has a co-author credit for the adaptation).
Anyway, if you want to watch a great thriller, forget this piece of drivel. Instead, you can’t go wrong with Hitchcock's North by Northwest . Note that we never actually find out what the "McGuffin" -- Hitch's term for the central plot devise, the thing in the movie for which it is worth killing and dying -- is , but it doesn't matter. We're along for the chase, we don’t need anyone to remind us that it's really important -- really, really important, damn it! – the way this movie keeps reminding us that its truly lame McGuffin is.
Silly. Pretentious. Bad. Did I mention that I didn’t like it?
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2 hr. 28 min.
Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By: Ron Howard
Written By: Dan Brown, Akiva Goldsman
In Theaters: May 19, 2006
On DVD: Nov 14, 2006
Tom Hanks - Robert Langdon
Audrey Tautou - Sophie Neveu
Ian McKellen - Sir Leigh Teabing
Alfred Molina - Bishop Aringarosa
Jürgen Prochnow - Vernet
Paul Bettany - Silas
Jean Reno - Captain Bezu Fache
Jean-Yves Berteloot - Remy Jean