Da Vinci Code review

I went with Mrs Whaleoil out to dinner and then to the Da Vinci Code.

Having read the book several times and been a fan of this kind of "theory" genre since I was in High School when I read Holy Blood, Holy Grail, I was keen to get to see it early on.

The movie however as is often the case doesn't quite live up to the expectations of the book.

Of the characters, Tom Hanks played a useful role but not as depicted in the book. Audrey Tatou played a creditable Sophie Neveu but was let down by the script. The Sophie character actually plays a bigger role in the book. Sir Ian McKellan who plays Sir Leigh Teabing did a creditable job of playing the English Aristo Eccentric. But by far the stand out performance was that of Paul Bettany as Silas. In the book Silas is a key character and is a tormented soul doing the bidding of his Bishop. Bettany played the part well including the parts showing the self flagellation.

As far as the plot lines go, the movie departs very little from book, and where it does mainly int he interests of removing some of the more mundane aspects of the quest.

All in all, not one of tom Hanks best movies, but also not one of his worst. Over all i rate this a seven out ten.

 


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