Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Daily Variety: "Verbose...Inadequate...Lurid"

Daily Variety pretty much slams The Da Vinci Code here.

Here are snips...

Sitting through all the verbose explanations and speculations about symbols, codes, secret cults, religious history and covert messages in art, it is impossible to believe that, had the novel never existed, such a script would ever have been considered by a Hollywood studio. It's esoteric, heady stuff, made compelling only by the fact that what it's proposing undermines the fundamental tenants of Christianity, especially Roman Catholicism, and, by extension, Western Civilization for the past 2,000 years.

The irony in the film's inadequacy is that the novel was widely found to be so cinematic. Although pretty dismal as prose, the tome fairly rips along courtesy of a strong story hook, very short chapters that seem like movie scenes, constant movement by the principal characters in a series of conveyances, periodic eruptions of violent action and a compressed 24-hour time frame.

The appearance of its easy adaptability may have been deceptive, however, as what went down easily on the page becomes laborious onscreen...

What one is left with is high-minded lurid material sucked dry by a desperately solemn approach....

Part of the quick deflation is due to a palpable lack of chemistry between Hanks and Tautou, an odd thing in itself given their genial accessibility in many previous roles. Howard, normally a generous director of actors, makes them both look stiff, pasty and inexpressive here in material that provides them little opportunity to express basic human nature... It's a film so overloaded with plot that there's no room for anything else, from emotion to stylistic grace notes.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

sharing your comments was a nice felling. the energy you have put in your blogs is great . visit our blog at military payday loans and just leave a note of your knowledge

Anonymous said...

Congrats! You are not only earning bonus points in my class on Quick Loan , you are giving bonuses to yourselves! Stay on for more skills you need to learn!
Teachers can not be left behind on these things, right?

Anonymous said...

Your opinion is worth noting, thank you.Love the fun blog, came across it while having a break. Ta. see me at Disability insurance

Anonymous said...

Accept my congratulations for your excellent work! take a moment to visit my site on check cash advance It covers information related to mortgage