Review: The DaVinci Code
Review: The Davinci Code
As previously mentioned here on memepunks, The Davinci Code movie was released this weekend to fairly sedate reviews. Roger Ebert lambasted Dan Browns book at the same time kissing Ron Howards ass for the movie , giving it 3 stars. Other critics weren't as nice. This is the response I would expect, although despise, from a "famous" film critic. It seems to me, once a film critic reaches the point they realize people listen to them, they stop providing the information and reviews people need and give them what they want. I direct you to a case in point with his review of "Over The Hedge" (also reviewed by memepunks ).
"But the action scenes are fun, the characters are well-drawn and voiced, and I thought the film's visual look was sort of lovely."
Ohh thats sweet, thanks Roger. Someone needs to remind him that "well-drawn" went out with The Little Mermaid. Sort of lovely. Not lovely, not unlovely.. but sort of lovely. Woo Hoo, don't start pulling your punches now Roger. Or maybe I'm just too cynical. Enough rambling about Mr. Ebert, this is a MEMEPUNKS REVIEW!!!!!!
So anyways, this book was written a few years ago, perhaps you've heard of it . ( I always want to immediately draw the line to Harry Potter but I refuse to do that this time... wait.... OHHH DAMN IT!!!!)
If you don't know the basic plot and premise of the book and "story" you can check it here or here or even here . I won't waste your valuable time rehashing things Fox News has already beaten to death.
But, I must break into this FILM review with my feelings on the NOVEL. I enjoyed the book. I make no apologies about that. Suspense, intrigue, great foreign locals, and Fibinacci numbers! Seriously, who couldn't enjoy this book? This book has stirred up a cauldron of controversy with its portrayal of Christianity and the Catholic Church specifically. The zealots are up in arms because they claim the book masquerades as fact. Where they see "lies" I see well researched fiction. But, to the zealots credit, we wouldn't have gotten a great movie without them.
Ron Howard did a good job with the direction, style, and look of the film. I was sold with every locale presented. While Vegas is my vacation destination of choice, a trip to some of the churches in this movie, or even similar ones now ranks on my "To Do before I Die" list. I am also happy with how true they stayed to the story. One of the reasons I think a lot of reviews frowned on this movie was because they had all read the book. They knew what was coming, there was no "I see Dead People" twist that we almost expect from modern Hollywood. But at the same time, when the big "reveal" did come, I was just as overwhelmed as when I read it. Tom Hanks was good as Langdon but he is also one of those bulletproof Hollywood names that can do no wrong. I had a picture of Langdon in my mind from the book and while Hanks filled most of that image, there were a few shortcomings that I'll discuss later. Perhaps the best character was Fache, played by the exceptional Jean Reno . In the casting of my mind, he was the perfect fit and he didn't disappoint. While his role was small, Reno played it well.
Audrey Tautou as Sophie Neveu was a terrible casting choice. At no time did I believe she was the genius cryptologist she was supposed to be. Remember how I mentioned the big reveal moved me? It had zero to do with her character. Hanks as Langdon pulled that one all by himself. Instead of a pivotal character, she seemed to be drug along through the entire film for that single moment. I am not sure where the fault lies with my next problem, but Hanks never came off as the troubled and questioning Langdon. Maybe it was the Hanks bulletproof mystique, or maybe it was the script, but his few moments of weakness were awkward and not nearly as endearing to the character as I would have liked.
The zealot protesters outside the theater where I saw this movie. Carrying signs that screamed "SINNER" and "DAN BROWN IS GOING TO HELL", these people put on fake smiles and tried to impose their beliefs and will upon us. I don't go to their church, they don't come to my poker nights. We share common areas such as restaurants and movie theaters, but I don't want their bullshit fiction pushed into my face when I'm going to watch a movie that KILLS GOD!!!! (I'm kidding here, I agree with them that the DaVinci Code is fiction, but where we disagree is I also think their story book is fiction too) And these jerks had the balls to put fliers about the sins of man and this movie into the hands of little kids to hand out to us. Kids too young to see the movie or understand the book, too young to make their own informed decisions about God. THE ARROGANCE OF THESE PEOPLE! When questioned, these people had not read the book or seen the movie yet they can make sweeping generalizations about it? Give me a break. But, thanks to them and their kind, The Davinci Code did 224 million its opening weekend.
This movie gets 4 memestars for staying true to a great story and not cow towing to the heavy hand of the cultural insurgents.
"Oh, my shrink was right! God does hate me! " - Jay Sherman