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The Da Vinci Code (2006)
A Film That Makes You Wonder
Dan Brown has always written engrossing books and The Da Vinci Code is a prime example.
The film is no exception. Tom Hanks gives as always a good performance as Robert Langdon, with the supporting cast of Audrey Tautuo, Sir Ian McKellan and Jean Reno(brilliantly cast as CAptain Fache).
The story, and it is a story (Fiction) with some factual references, is about the Holy Grail and it's keepers (Priory of Sion). That if revealed would shatter the Christian faith. NOTE: I am catholic and take this as a work of fiction, nothing else.
The film centres around the French(some subtitles) and English with Robert Langdon the prime suspect in 4 murders.
Having read the book prior to the preceding Court Case last year (2005). I was hoping to see how DVC converted onto screen.
There is a lot of back story to Langdon(See Angels And Demons) that is explained in the film and a lot of back story that is left out of the film. It is not integral to the film but they moved around the important parts to fit the movie.
This movie is long, over 2 hours and does sometimes move rather slow. It does make up for parts with some action and answers to clues come a bit too easily.
You think near the end that that is all for the film. The film does have a twist in the tail, even though this review contains some spoilers, I will not reveal the end (People who have read the book will know what I am talking about, but will surprise even them).
The Best Of The Prequels
May Contain Spoilers! After the Phantom Menace & Attack Of The Clones (Fell asleep 2nd time I watched in cinema), I was looking forward to Revenge Of The Sith with more than a hint of concern. After IV, V & VI I wanted to see the conclusion of the story. I'm glad I did! A number of the story lines that link Attack & New Hope together are resolved. We all know that Anakin becomes Darth Vader. We all know Luke & Leia are Anakin's children.
One thing that does feel wrong. Leia said she remembers her mother just images but (SPOILER) Padme dies at the end of Revenge, so how can she remember her mother, unless she was never told that she was adopted and her adoptive mother died when Leia was young.
Again Lucas gives us an entertaining film with his story telling skills and laden with special effects from ILM (my fav special effects company). The fight scenes are great, light sabres galore. Yoda with his little LS is great in this film. R2D2 moves like he was on Fast Forward than in the other films.
I was very impressed with the amount of sets used, IV V & VI used only 3 per film, and General Grevious. We finally know the identity of Darth Sidious, as if we didn't know. But most surprising is how Master Windu dies, but who really kills him Sid or Annie. Could Windu survive if Annie hadn't cut off his arm.
Also Obi-Wan has a white LS not a Blue as he had in Phantom, I can't remember what he had in Attack, if he had a white or blue.
James Earl Jones is the voice of Vader again, but not credited in the end titles. Why? He was in IV, V & VI. Anyway I don't think that Hayden would do it as well as James, probably not menacing enough.
Die Hard Fans Will Like
Spoilers tagged just in case.
I went to see the film on day of release. I walked in expecting something similar to the TV series. Boy, was I wrong.
Douglas Adams had a hand in the script until his death. If you walk in thinking it's exactly like the book, then you will be disappointed.
The film has additional elements not in the book, like Vogsphere and Arthur & Trillian's relationship.
In terms of special effects, how much of the budget went on the factory floor. Wow, must be at least 25% if not more.
I was expecting Mos Def to be a poor Ford, but was impressed and Stephen Fry as the book, great but I think I would of preferred Peter Jones (the original voice of the book in radio & TV).
Another thing was Marvin, Alan Rickman is great. No Mention of Diodes. Also nice to see original Marvin (Your Plastic Pal Who's Fun To Be With). Certain Sections of the book were left out. To keep the film running, too much book would slow film down.
I'm looking forward to Restaurant.
Ever Read 2000AD?
I saw this film back in 1990 when a friend had the video and we watched one afternoon.
If you are a long time reader of 2000AD (UK Comic) you probably will recognize the story. It is set in the future when a guy buys his sculptor(typo) girlfriend a robot head. She paints it in the American colors and mounts it on a piece she is doing. During the night the head rebuilds itself and proceeds to cause havoc etc etc.
The 2000AD story "Shok" is about a guy who buys his girlfriend a shook trooper head, it rebuilds itself and proceeds to cause havoc.
Sound familiar. 2000AD weren't happy about the similarities between Hardware and Shok. So Hardware producers had to put a reference to Shok in the end credits. If you watch the end credits. It states that Hardware was "inspired"? by the 2000AD story Shok.