May 302006
 

The Da Vinci Code (2006)A murder inside the Louvre and clues in Da Vinci paintings lead to the discovery of a religious mystery protected by a secret society for two thousand years — which could shake the foundations of Christianity.

Directed by
Ron Howard

Genres
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Cast
Tom Hanks, Audrey Tautou, Ian McKellen, Jean Reno, Paul Bettany, Alfred Molina, J?rgen Prochnow, Jean-Yves Berteloot, Etienne Chicot, Jean-Pierre Marielle, Marie-Fran?oise Audollent, Rita Davies, Francesco Carnelutti, Seth Gabel, Shane Zaza

We saw this movie Monday night,

I can’t say I was blown away by The Da Vinci Code – as is often the case, the book was far superior. I generally like Tom Hanks in almost all his roles. it was a thoroughly enjoyable, occasionally slow moving thriller. Having read the book, I did have a knowledge of the various groups and factions involved – Lay had not read the book, yet he was able to follow the story pretty well. The casting of the movie is surely one of it’s stronger points – Paul Bettany is almost unrecognizable and plays the menacing single minded Silas to utter perfection. Sir Ian McKellan too, is totally fantastic, and really steals most scene’s he appears in. He delivers some great one liners too – a real character actor playing a real character. Audrey Tautou is as we have come to expect, just lovely, and who else could have played Bezu Fache – Jean Reno was made for the role. As you’d expect from a Ron Howard Production, there is a good amount of cheese, especially towards the end. Langdon’s “Godspeed” caused me to awake in the night sweating!

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