I've seen a few movies recently and I need to catch up on the quick reviews. So, here's a quickie.
The DaVinci Code, based on Dan Brown's much maligned mega-bestselling book from 2003, doesn't have much in common with its paper predecessor, which is to say that there isn't much going on that is very memorable. As I recall, the book was pretty effective as a suspense-thriller type story, and for that I could say that I enjoyed the book. The movie, however, was unable to recreate that suspense, and for that reason I found it pretty uninteresting. In fact, if I hadn't read the book in the first place, I probably would have an even lower opinion of the film. And Tom Hanks was all wrong for the role of Robert Langdon, not to mention the fact that he phoned in his performance. Now don't get me wrong, I love Tom Hanks. But Robert Langdon he is not. Perhaps Harrison Ford could have pulled it off when he was a bit younger, but what's done is done. Hopefully the follow up movie Angels and Demons (which was actually published before The DaVinci Code) will get it right.
Verdict? If you want suspense, mystery, or intrigue, turn to to the book. Leave the movie on the shelf.
Kirk Out (for now).