Friday, June 02, 2006

Decoding the flaws of 'Da Vinci Code' far too easy

On the face of this green Earth, I may be the only human being able to say, "I have not read The Da Vinci Code." Though I am not able to compare book and film, I can still say this: It didn't live up to the hype. The cast of the film was star-studded, with Tom Hanks, Audrey Tautou, Ian McKellen, Alfred Molina, Jean Reno and Paul Bettany. Hanks acted the part of Robert Langdon very well, but did not seem to fit the role. His character felt a little odd because his actions and tones seemed to indicate a much older man. Tatou perfectly portrayed Sophie Neveu as a real person troubled by the haunting image of a terrible past, and Reno played a very convincing asshole, Captain Fache. Ian McKellen turned in his usual terrific performance in the role of Leigh Teabing, an old, crippled former colleague of Langdon's. Bettany was excellent, if not all that intimidating, as the albino Silas. [More]


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