The Da Vinci Code

May 11, 2011 at 10:54 am Leave a comment

MOVIE:  The Da Vinci Code

NUTSHELL:  A Harvard “symbologist” is summoned by French authorities to offer clues into the grisly death of the Louvre’s curator and he and the curator’s cryptologist granddaughter escape and find themselves on a quest for the Holy Grail. (Like you do.)

GOOD THINGS:  Audrey Tatou who I am totally fine with being a mortal descendent of Christ, Jean Reno but not nearly enough of him

BAD THINGS:  Source material, sort of a lot of naked men, sudden dawning realization that male and female leads have the same hairstyle

FEATURES:  Tom Hanks, Paul Bettany, Powerpoint presentations, Jugen Prochnow, Etienne Chicot, Bois de Bolougne, armored trucks, International Changeling Competition Candidate Alfred Molina

UNCOMFORTABLE MOMENTS:  Cynical ending that makes an otherwise superior adaptation worse than the icky book

NOTABLE:  The albino monk is not as albino as he is albino-ish except for one shot where he looks like he has clown makeup on. Frankly I think this was the way to go – clowns are way scarier than albino monks.

BEST PART:  Ian McKellen being all kooky and lovable and nutz.

BEST LINE:  Start with him.

CROWNS:  2 out of 5

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