Da Vinci Code

Today I finally went to the “Da Vinci Code” with a friend of mine. We were at the Erasmus and were having lunch when we started talking about movies and in an impulsive whim we decided to see the Da Vinci Code. The movie was starting within 35 minutes after our decision to go so we had just enough time to get from the university to the theatre in downtown Rotterdam.

Before seeing the movie I already knew some things about the story since I saw a few tv programs about the Da Vinci Code on various channels. I haven’t read the book yet so I wasn’t biased plot and story wise except for the fact that the book is one of the best selling books at the moment. So I wasn’t really expecting a lot, I intentionally kept my expectations low.

I must say that the story is very good and intruiging, eventhough I was told that a lot of things were left out and changed. But that’s inevidable when filming a book. Same thing happened with the filming of Tolkiens “The Lord of the Rings”. Anyway this post is not about LotR but about the Da Vince Code. I liked the story and now I know that I’m going to read the book just to see what I missed out on. And about the warnings that you would not be able to follow the story if you haven’t read the book. Those are NONSENSE !!! The story is not that hard to follow, you have to pay attention but it’s no rocket science.

If you haven’t seen the movie yet do NOT read further as it contains spoilers. Read at your own risk. If you’ve seen the movie you know what I’m talking about.

Some of the acting and plot was below par in my opinion. I was kind of dissapointed with the acting of Tom Hanks, whom I consider a good actor with a lot of good roles in the past. Plot wise I could see some of the dialog and events coming from more than a mile away which disappointed me. I mean, halfway through the movie, when they were in the house of Sir Leigh Teabing I already was thinking that Sophie Neveu was one of the offspring and bloodline of Jesus Christ and in the end when they were below in the basement of the final church I was like: “Noooo, you’ve got to be kidding me … is this for real ?!?!?!”

Same thing with the following instances:

The final part then suddenly Langdon realizes what the poem/verse means, first thing I thought was: “Nahh it couldn’t be below the two pyramids in Le Louvre” only to see that it was exactly what I was thinking. Somehow when the two pyramids were shown in the beginning and Langdon made a comment about it I had a feeling that something was going to happen.

The Sir Leigh Teabing plot twist, he being the “bad guy” or at least manipulating the whole thing was kind of predictable. I got that hunch when Silas could enter the mansion without being noticed by anyone.

In the church in the end when everybody is standing there like it’s some kind of happy reunion was kind of weird and corny.

There are a few more things but overal I enjoyed the movie and am anxious to start reading the book. But that will have to wait untill after my exams the coming two weeks.

If I had to rate the movie I would give it an 7,5. Nice, enjoyable but not without its flaws plot and acting wise.