I got a free ticket to go see the movie Da Vinci Code and while it won’t say it was worth what I paid for it… well, it wasn’t worth a lot more than that, either.
The movie in a word: Joyless.
I can count the number of times the characters smiled on one hand.
I can count the number of times I smiled on probably one or two fingers.
I haven’t read the book, but judging from my reactions to this movie and the 7th-grade-level writing abilities I slogged through in one of Dan Brown’s other books, I can’t say I’ll be clamoring to read the Da Vinci Code anytime soon.
Things I *did* like about the movie:
– Some of the beautiful scenery and cinematography.
– Ian McKellen. Not all the movies he’s in are good, but HE is always a pleasure to watch, IMHO.
– Learning some interesting historical facts.
Things I definitely *did not* like about the movie:
– The ending. What a fizzle!
– The graphic depictions of the monk’s self-flaggelation. Seeing the scars and (on the side) the whip would have conveyed the point just fine.
– The overbearing seriousness of the entire film. No, it didn’t need an Eddie Murphy sidekick donkey, but… hmm… on the other hand, that might have improved things.
– The movie length. Rarely does including every detail from the book make sense.
Have you seen the movie yet? What did you think?