A Penitent Blogger

Mindful of my imperfections, seeking to know Truth more deeply and to live Love more fully.

Quid sum miser tunc dicturus? Quem patronum rogaturus? Cum vix iustus sit securus?
Recordare, Iesu pie, Quod sum causa tuae viae: Ne me perdas illa die...

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

The Da Vinci Code Movie

Advance screenings of the movie have been very tightly controlled: usually a sign that the studio thinks the movie is no good.

Critics were finally allowed to see it yesterday and indeed the reviews are generally poor.

"...it is long and it is dull."

"...it’s not very good - long (2hr.32min.) and mostly inert."

"..."a stodgy, grim thing..."

The review from The Daily Mail leads with a spoiler:

"When Tom Hanks's professor of symbols tells Audrey Tautou, French cryptologist, that she's the last living descendant of Jesus Christ, it's not exactly meant to be a funny moment.

"If anything you're meant to gasp, not laugh.

"But as more than 1,000 of the world's movie critics and film writers watched the much-anticipated and much-hyped screen version of Dan Brown's mega-best-selling novel The Da Vinci Code at a special preview at the Cannes Film Festival last night, guffaws could be heard echoing around the auditorium when Hanks utters the momentous words to Miss Tautou."

Hollywood Reporter:
"Bottom line: a jumble of historical myth, religious symbology and international thriller-action makes for an unwieldy, bloated melodrama."


Not to mention, of course, that much of the book's information is bogus: