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A Review by Joekool

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The Da Vinci Code
 
Director- Ron Howard
Cast- Tom Hanks, Audrey Tautuo, Ian Mckellen, Paul Bettny, Jean Reno, Alfred Molina
Rated PG- 13: for
Running Time- 149 min
 
Possibly the most highly anticipated film of the year has finally arrived. The film adaptation of Dan Brown's hugely successful novel "The Da Vinci Code." The film reteams Director Ron Howard and Tom Hanks for the third time. There previous films together are Splash and Apollo 13. Being a huge fan of the novel, this was my most anticiapted film of the year. It has a gread director, a great cast, and agreat story to work off of. Did it dissapoint? No, I am happy to say that I was not dissapointed.
 
First off I would just like to say a few things not related to the film. There have been programs on television, portesters, and some other outcrys that The Da Vinci Code is false, that its a lie, blah, blah. I wonder if these people have ever actually read the book, where it states on the spine, "fiction." Even though there is factual references in the novel doesnt mean Dan Brown wrote a non-fiction novel. I want to say that the Catholic Church knows this, and them and others are saying these things because there are actually some people out there who take The Da Vinci Code as truth, but maybe they dont know. I am member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormon), and I was not at all offended by the novel. It was very well written and a greatly entertaining story. That doesnt mean the book is truth. Yes, the theories in the book do seem plausible as an actuality, and i wouldnt rule some of the things out, but that doesnt mean its fact. These stupid people who critisize the film and book cant seem to grasp that this is just entertainment.
 
Sorry for my rambling, now to the review.
 
The plots gets into the thickness in the very opening scene with the murder of the Louvre cuorator in Paris, Jacques Suaniere. Then with the French police nopw on the scene, the acquire the assistnce of the popular symbologist Robert Langdon because of the unique fashion the found Suaniere's body. Then we are quite quickly thrown into the mystery thrill-ride tht involves Da Vinci's brilliant work, ancient churches, a high-tech swiss bank, an ancient brotherhood, the holy grail, and the "teacher." Da na na!
 
The plot follows the novel quite well. No abrupt abstractness or absurd deviations. There are some notable things though: One cryptex instead of two, Langdon nd Sophie not visiting the library near the end. A few things, but it doesnt hinder the quality or pace at all.
 
The acting ios great all around. Hanks fits comfortbaly into the character Robert Langdon. Audrey Tatou who usually is speaking  different language in her films, is good as Sophie. Paul Bettany is superb as Silas the Albino. But the greatest performance of this magnificent cast comes from Sir Ian Mickellen who plays the british grail enthusiast Leigh Teabing. His eccentric excitement and intelligence is definativelty wonderful, and when he evloves into his true self his performnce gets even better, an oscar-worthy perfromance.
 
There is a few things that didnt work to well for this movie. The screenplay while being well dialouged and sophisticated wasnt paced efficiently. Some scenes drug on a bit, and the pace could have been better, and more audience inolving, not to say that it wasnt involving however. A little too long of a screenplay.
 
Overll The Da Vinci Code is a good summer film, its very entertaining, and those who desire to see it shouldnt be dissapointed. It could have been better, but I am satisfied with what we got.
 
Good Points
-Great performances
-Ian Mckellen
-Entertaining
-Sophistaced and intelligent plot
 
Bad Points
-Some scenes dragged one
-Slow pace
 
Rating- 8.5/10
 

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