Monday, May 22, 2006

Da Vinci

Watched the movie last night. The theatre was full to the brim despite it being a Sunday night. I think all the hype surrounding the book has spilled over to the movie adaptation, & no matter how bad the reviews are, people will still go watch it.

I found it entertaining enough, although, I think Ron Howard could have done a better job with it. There was something missing especially in the first half of the movie, almost like the players & director didn't quite have their hearts in the project. I didn't quite feel the thrill of the chase though I could see that the potential was there.

Tom Hanks was also rather stiff throughout & sounded like he had a sinus infection for most of the movie.

Ian McKellan stole the show with his portrayal of the seemingly-normal-but-actually-demenented Sir Leigh Teabing. Jean Reno also did a decent job as Captain Fache.

There were some nice additional touches which were not in the book eg. the ending when Sophie (Audrey Tautou) playfully attempted to walk on water then smiled & shrugged at Robert Langdon. Cute.

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