Making a film adapted from a novel that over 100 million people read brings with it huge expectations. The type where you can almost never do right. Tom Hanks and Ron Howard undertook this seemingly impossible task and bore the brunt of the fans and critics alike. In all honesty the film was not as bad as the critics made it out to be. In fact, I was rather entertained through all of it. The cast was good, the cinematography was excellent and director Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind, How the Grinch Stole Christmas) kept the pacing of the film so that there was tension throughout.
The problems with the film come from the book itself. Now before you have me shot let me clarify. As a novel it was based on a sequence of outlandish events that are next to impossible to translate into a fluid screenplay. Screenwriter Akiva Goldsman (Cinderella Man, I, Robot) did what he could with the mess. The film is fairly true to the novel with a few changes to make it possible and logical film wise. One thing he did change was the ending and it was fairly divided as to whether it was better or not.
Because of the complexities of the story (back and forth, etc.), the movie gets occasionally bogged down. Slowness is sometimes a problem. To sum up the anticipation of a film of this type often causes the expectations to be out of control and most end up disappointed. Give it a chance and you’ll see that it is really not a bad film!
Harvard professor of Symbols, Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks – Philadelphia, You’ve Got Mail) is guest lecturing in Paris when he is summoned to the Louvre to try and decipher some clues left at the scene of a murder. It is the chief curator of the Louvre who has been murdered and he has left some clues in his own blood which have stumped the French police.
Sophie Neveu (Audrey Tautou – Dirty Pretty Things, Amelie), who is a cryptologist, arrives and claims to be there to help Langdon. Very soon into it both Neveu and Langdon realized that all is not as it seems with the murder and Langdon himself is soon implicated in the crime. They are soon running from the authorities themselves across Europe to avoid being arrested. Helped by Langdon old friend, Sir Leigh Teabing (Ian McKellen – X-Men: The Last Stand, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King) are on the modern day equivalent of a quest for the Holy Grail.
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