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Thursday, May 18, 2006

The Da Vinci Code

No post since Tuesday? Well I think I'll throw in some filler.

The Da Vinci Code opens in theatres on Friday. Anyone planning on seeing it? I hope to see it this weekend. If you see it, or plan on seeing it, post about it in the comments section here!

So far one critic from Time magazine gave it so-so reviews, but he did admit that it was faithful to the book. And Ron Howard is a hell of a director, so I think its still worth a ticket purchase myself.

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At 5/18/2006 9:13 PM, Blogger Zachary Moore declaimed...

I like Tom Hanks, Audrey Toutou, and Ian McKellan, and especially Paul Bellamy since he came out as an atheist. I really didn't like the book- very hacky writing style- but I have to admit as I was reading it, I thought that it would proabably make a better screenplay than a book. The Gnostic stuff is poured on pretty thick in the book, and though I think Brown makes(plagiarizes?) mostly wrong conclusions, anything that pisses off Christians this much might just be worth seeing.

At 5/19/2006 7:56 AM, Blogger The ArtDude declaimed...

DVC as a film -- probably one of the few instances in which the movie will be better than the book.

At 5/19/2006 2:11 PM, Blogger Aaron Kinney declaimed...

This morning on the Kevin and Bean show on 106.7FM, the movie guy Ralph said that he saw the movie last night and loved it. He says the critics are on crack and that the movie is really good.

At 5/20/2006 2:51 AM, Blogger TheJollyNihilist declaimed...

I'm not sure if I should see it or not. Generally speaking, I agree with the critics and not necessarily the audiences. For example, last year, one of my favorite films was the documentary Grizzly Man, which hardly anybody saw. I also loved Woody Allen's Match Point, which didn't exactly set the box office on fire. My favorite film of all time is Mulholland Dr., which didn't exactly rake in millions.

I have to look at the Tomatometer before I decide.

At 5/20/2006 11:34 AM, Blogger Zachary Moore declaimed...

Having seen it last night, here are my thoughts:

If you liked the book, you'll love the movie. I was pretty ambivalent about the book personally, but I thought that the movie was one of the more faithful adaptations to have been made. The book itself was rather hacky, and the movie is paced well enough to smooth over the poor prose. Without a doubt, the plot suffers from the author's struggle to combine exposition with action, but the same style is very popular in the television series "24," so it probably won't bother most people. The one major departure from the book was adding an aspect of faith to the character of Langdon. This allowed for them to get all the way to the end of the movie and pull back at the last second as if to say, "Well, we've just disproved religion, but maybe it's true anyway..." I was kind of disappointed about that, but I think that'll disarm a lot of the religious sentiment against the movie.



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