The Da Vinci Code Movie
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."
"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: