Da Vinci Code only gets 2 & 1/2 stars... at DVinfo.net

Go Back   DV Info Net > And Now, For Something Completely Different... > Awake In The Dark

Awake In The Dark
What you're watching these days on the Big Screen and the Small Screen.


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old May 19th, 2006, 09:38 PM   #1
Outer Circle
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Hope, BC
Posts: 7,527
Da Vinci Code only gets 2 & 1/2 stars...

out of 5. I was looking forward to seeing this movie, but now I'm going to pass. I wonder how big the budget was for the flop.
Frank Granovski is offline   Reply With Quote
Old May 19th, 2006, 09:59 PM   #2
Regular Crew
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Marietta, GA
Posts: 135
http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=davincicode.htm
__________________
Wish I had something witty to say
Tim Goldman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old May 19th, 2006, 11:08 PM   #3
Major Player
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Sydney, Australia
Posts: 275
Australian reviews didnt rate this film very well. Overall, despite its controversy, it was a poorly made film... And if you didnt read the book, the plotline of the movie is ridiculous at best.
Leo Pepingco is offline   Reply With Quote
Old May 20th, 2006, 12:11 AM   #4
Outer Circle
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Hope, BC
Posts: 7,527
A budget of $125 Million, eh?

I like Tom Hanks---good actor. Too bad about the movie.
Frank Granovski is offline   Reply With Quote
Old May 20th, 2006, 11:11 AM   #5
Major Player
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Sydney, Australia
Posts: 275
i just feel sorry for Tom Hanks who now has to deal with the fact that he has lost a good portion of his fan base. (Did you notice that Tom Hanks' other film which currently being filmed has not made any adverts for its future release).

Its like when Russle Crowe threw that phone and no one went to see Cinderella Man, despite its Academy award wins.... A 70 million dollar movie only made 20 million back.... dissaster.
Leo Pepingco is offline   Reply With Quote
Old May 20th, 2006, 11:53 AM   #6
Regular Crew
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Posts: 68
Have any of you actually seen the movie?
Brian K Jones is offline   Reply With Quote
Old May 20th, 2006, 12:57 PM   #7
Major Player
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Hamden CT
Posts: 470
I am reading the book which is good. It reminds me of a Shelock Holmes mystery which I love.

I will see the movie when I finish the book.

I don't see how the movie could be bad if you are interested in symbolism, religion, and mystery. I am excited to see it.
Richard Zlamany is offline   Reply With Quote
Old May 20th, 2006, 01:47 PM   #8
Trustee
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Posts: 1,727
I saw it two nights ago. It was terrible and I don't know what Ron Howard was smoking when he made it. In fact, before I went to see it I was like "Hmm, I liked the book, but I'm not sure the movie version will be as good" then I saw that Ron Howard was making it and thought "Ahh well, he'll probably do a good job of it, I'll give it a whirl"

I can only assume that he actually wanted to make a 3 1/2 hours film but got told to chop it down, because the pacing in this film is insane - not just fast, but erratic. The first 30 mins or so they do the usual introduction but they seemed to try and cover the book too literally, so it wasn't spending enough time on any characters to let you get into it before they chopped to some other characters. Another major pacing issue I found was that the emotional tension never got paid off, something would start (they'd find a puzzle, or they'd realise something was wrong) and then withing about 1/2 a page of script it was over. So you'd sit there going "oo, cool, something's going to happe......Oh, it's over"

It got itself together a little more toward the middle, but even then the characters had little personality and their skills (Cryptography, symbology etc) were really only touched on. When I go to see a film like this I like to see people struggling to work out puzzles and have the film spend a reasonably amount of time on them, and with the DaVinci code, obviously meld it with extreme religious mythology. In this film they would find a puzzle and then solve it almost immediately. This meant they had to get their tension from elsewhere, and seeing as the movie wasn't a high action film, they couldn't get it from there. They couldn't get it from the antagonists either, as they were rather hollow.

All in all I felt like I thoroughly wasted my money. In fact about 45 mins into it I almost suggested to my wife that we leave..Little did I know, she was thinking the same but didn't say anything cause she knew I'd read the book and that I had wanted to see the film!

I say 2 1/2 is too high. I give it 1 1/2 out of 5. Bad story, bad execution, bad casting.
__________________
My Website
Meat Free Media
Aaron Koolen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old May 20th, 2006, 02:11 PM   #9
Regular Crew
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Marietta, GA
Posts: 135
I'll say one hting for the divnci code, the cable channels are having a ball with it.
Between a&e and discovery and history channel, it's almost a 2 week marathon.
__________________
Wish I had something witty to say
Tim Goldman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old May 20th, 2006, 02:25 PM   #10
Wrangler
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Mays Landing, NJ
Posts: 11,542
Interesting article from the New Yorker... Sony created a website, " the Da Vinci Dialogue" to stir up controversy among Christians over the movie: http://www.newyorker.com/fact/conten.../060522fa_fact

Quote:
(Barbara) Nicolosi felt that Christians had been sold out, as she proceeded to make clear on her blog. “Christians being coaxed into writing anti DVC pieces on a stupid web site . . . are meekly accepting that they are being given ‘a seat at the table’ in some grand cultural discussion,” she wrote. “Duped! There is no seat, folks. There is no discussion. What there is, is a few P.R. folks in Hollywood taking mondo big bucks from Sony Pictures, to deliver legions of well-meaning Christians into subsidizing a movie that makes their own Savior out to be a sham.”
Boyd Ostroff is offline   Reply With Quote
Old May 20th, 2006, 02:35 PM   #11
Major Player
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Bend, Oregon
Posts: 206
Quote:
Originally Posted by Aaron Koolen
I saw it two nights ago. It was terrible and I don't know what Ron Howard was smoking when he made it. In fact, before I went to see it I was like "Hmm, I liked the book, but I'm not sure the movie version will be as good" then I saw that Ron Howard was making it and thought "Ahh well, he'll probably do a good job of it, I'll give it a whirl"

Just saw it last night and totally agree. I have no clue how they could take such a good idea and make it any worse.
__________________
http://wildlookout.com
Wes Coughlin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old May 21st, 2006, 05:52 AM   #12
Major Player
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Sydney, Australia
Posts: 275
If anyone is a fan of books, or have done any literary study, you would realise that Dan Brown's style of writing is boring and pedestrian. The only thing he knows is how to make a plotline run, and thats why its such a quick read - the pacing is fast and its very very very easy to read.... I mean, my dad who hardly knows much engligh understood the story, and he has trouble understanding News Papers. Another good analogy is its the same style of writing in Harry Potter Books. Very simple language, no brainer dialogue....

I mean, the book itself didnt make Down Brown famous, its his controversy. I mean, none of his previous books sold well because his writng style sucked in the literary world. Only now hes just cashing in.

I saw the movie, and I've lost all respect for Ron Howard. In a review on DVD Talk, Eric D. Sinder writes about Ian Mckellen's acting.

Quote:
[Ian] embraces the story's inherent outrageousness, rather than pretending it doesn't exist. I bet Ron Howard thinks it's a brilliant book, while McKellen read it on a plane once, smiled, and forgot all about it.
Leo Pepingco is offline   Reply With Quote
Old May 21st, 2006, 08:04 AM   #13
Major Player
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: orlando florida
Posts: 426
Hi all,

I saw the movie on friday.. i mostly agree with Aaron Koolens review above..Particualrly the pacing of the movie was terrible.. and there was no payoff or climax for key scenes..and also you are 100 percent correct on the solving of puzzles.. there was no tension or mystery for the most part.. it would be like oh thats this symbol from this century.. and then they would just pull something out of their ass, and solve it.. boom.. move to next scene.. I am not sure Tom Hanks is at fault.. He was not particulary good, but i think any actor would have struggled with this.. Its dissappointing to me, because i like Ron Howards directing.. (Cinderella Man, Apollo 13...)
but it looks like the movie will still make a bunch of money.. at least on the first weekend.. we'll see if it has legs..

Mike M.
__________________
Mike Moncrief mikemoncrief@gmail.com
www.themikemoncrief.com
Mike Moncrief is offline   Reply With Quote
Old May 21st, 2006, 09:07 AM   #14
Trustee
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Brookline, MA
Posts: 1,447
Watch The Albino Code instead; I helped make it :)
Emre Safak is offline   Reply With Quote
Old May 21st, 2006, 10:10 PM   #15
Major Player
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Sydney, Australia
Posts: 275
lol...

Bloody hilarious mate... Love the whay you guys injected the actual text into the movie... The Narrator is piss funny.
Leo Pepingco is offline   Reply
Reply

DV Info Net refers all where-to-buy and where-to-rent questions exclusively to these trusted full line dealers and rental houses...

Professional Video
(800) 833-4801
Portland, OR

B&H Photo Video
(866) 521-7381
New York, NY

Z.G.C.
(973) 335-4460
Mountain Lakes, NJ

Abel Cine Tech
(888) 700-4416
N.Y. NY & L.A. CA

Precision Camera
(800) 677-1023
Austin, TX

DV Info Net also encourages you to support local businesses and buy from an authorized dealer in your neighborhood.
  You are here: DV Info Net > And Now, For Something Completely Different... > Awake In The Dark

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

 



Google
 

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:36 AM.


DV Info Net -- Real Names, Real People, Real Info!
1998-2017 The Digital Video Information Network