The Da'Vinci Code - TET's Movie Review

It seems that to review this movie you have to say if you've read the book. I have and I'm a fan of the book (fact, fiction or somewhere in between).

I went into the movie with low expectations as a movie reviewer that I usually have a lot of time for had described this movie as 'a missed opportunity' and 'a bucket of sh..'. She hadn't read the book and thought the first half hour was too wordy and boring. She did concede that she could see how this film would make a great book though.

With that in mind I went along to see the film. If you don't know what the film is about, haven't seen it, or at least read the book then this isn't the review for you. I'm assuming you at least have some idea of characters etc.

First up, much comment has been made about Tom Hanks hair (having been straightened). You'd think with all the talk he must've dyed it orange and put a pink bow in it. To me it looked appropriate for the character (Robert Langdon) and looked fine on Tom...it's hair...didn't think anymore about it and probably wouldn't have commented here if others hadn't made such a fuss.

Onto the film...I certainly didn't find it boring though it is unnecessarily wordy in places...such as when Robert is brought to the scene of the first murder and he says out loud the room in the gallery he is entering (who does that?). It's meant to give the impression that Hanks knows the room the murder took place in even before he visits the scene - thus adding to the impression that he in fact committed the murder (I'm not spoiling anything here - you see right from the start he didn't).

Like the book the film never really slows down. Although the book benefits from the ability to be more detailed in the action and chapter breaks. I seem to remember too that Sophie (female lead - sorry can't remember the actresses name) doing a lot more to assist Robert in deciphering some of the clues (after all she is a trained cryptologist working for some police department). I found that some of the codes came across as being too easy to solve and therefore one wonders how the films secret could be kept for so many centuries.

A few times I found it hard to follow Langdon's logic in his thinking. Perhaps it needed to be more wordy at these points.

I think if you haven't read the book you lose some of the enjoyment of comparison with the film. As anyone who's read the book will tell you (for any film based on a book) you look for differences in the detail of the storyline. For example, in the book Langdon visits a Library in London to use it's massive electronic data base (which has since been proven, not to exist). In the film, they never make it to the library but instead use the internet from a fellow bus commuter's mobile phone to solve the next clue.

There are some nice special effects that overlay the past with the present which I thought worked quite well. Perhaps more could have been done with these to help explain things.

My only real disappointment with this film is that it was a great opportunity to see some of the films artworks and locations in the context of the story (rather than as part of a documentary debunking the 'facts'). I think this is where the film lets fans down quite a bit. Particularly in the artworks - which get more consideration in the book. Even the one artwork that is explored closely (DaVinci's 'Last Supper' isn't looked at too closely with visuals).

Over all it's a movie that you need to watch and listen to carefully. It's not light entertainment. All the actors gave a credible performance...with no one seeming to be out of place or remarkably different from their character in the book (perhaps with the exception of Tom Hanks but even he makes the character his own).

The film ends some what different to the book (though basically the same) and one is left wondering if the implications of this secret would really be quite so earth shattering in today's world. (Jesus had a family...let's go shopping!)

I doubt people would lose their faith over it...perhaps the church might just evolve a little bit, after all...we didn't know it was all a lie until now...right?

It's all over hyped really - especially by the church.

I found the film enjoyable. I might just see it again on DVD so I can look more closely at the logic. It certainly wasn't a bad film by any means. I would encourage you to read the book first (if you intend to see the film) as this will add something to your experience.

It is worth seeing...but you'll leave thinking...'I've seen it now'. It's not going to change your life or encourage you to question your faith... the real debate began and ended with the book and the numerous documentaries and additional books to debunk its 'facts'.

I'll Pencil You in...

Many of you in this day and age will relate to the 'both partner's are very busy' type of relationship where you literally have to compare diaries and make time for each other. The common phrase is "I'll pencil you in for..." etc. My partner and I are almost like that however just the other Saturday it finally got to the state of being absurd.

You'll have to bare with me for the next few paragraphs as they sound like one big diary entry but stick with it and you'll see that knowing all this information was necessary.

Our day started with my partner getting up early to spend the entire day with her two teenage kids at their various sporting commitments, Basket Ball and Netball. It was state championships for the basket ball so my partner would be at some stadium, at the other side of the city, all day and most of the evening too. She kissed a barely awake me goodbye and headed out.

Readers of this blog will know that I work from home. I got up not long after everyone had gone (I'm not one for sleeping in beyond 8:30am). My day started with breakfast and reading a book on e-commerce that I'd picked up for ideas on improving this site. Next I did the shower and get dressed kind of thing followed by washing yesterday's dishes from the evening meal. After that I sat down to some sketching in an attempt to come up with something to paint onto a new canvas I bought yesterday.

Three sketches later and I'd settled on a composition. Went out to my studio and got to work. By about 3pm I was about halfway through to completing my latest work and decided I should leave it for another day and fresh eyes.

Following that I spent about an hour online catching up with various forums and then I installed an updated version of the web design software I use (also bought just yesterday). Spent some time looking through the new features and importing my site from the previous edition to this new version.

Around 5pm I put everything away and spent the next hour on my daily stretching and weight lifting exercises (I'm still determined to get my body back from Brad Pitt!). From there I went back into the house and cooked and ate my tea. Since there was only a few dishes I then decided to wash those so there wouldn't be anything left over for the next day.

I started to watch TV but I've gone off TV lately so I went back onto the internet for a while and wrote the previous entry in this blog, "Get a Job...".

10pm and I decided I'd head for bed with my book from breakfast, which I read until 11pm then sleep was starting to get the better of me. I just got my self comfortable when my mobile phone pipes up with a text message "Games just finished we're on our way home."

About an hour later my partner kisses a barely awake me goodnight, turns the light out and we both settle down to where ever dreams take you.

Okay. So it occurred to me that, over the course of my whole day, my partner never saw me get out of bed (or even fully awake for that matter). I'm sure, when she arrived home, she must have got the impression I spent the whole day in bed.

I didn't think it was possible that two people could live in the same house and yet still be so busy that there wouldn't be any time at all to spend together. Evidently it's possible.

Get a job...

One of my biggest frustrations in life is people telling me I need to get a job. What they mean is something that has regular hours and a guarenteed pay cheque at the end of the week. Usually this suggestion comes from people that earn their living this way.

I'm the first to admit that working for yourself is a hard way to make a living - especially in the beginning. However I think if you believe in yourself and back yourself 100% the payoff in the long run will be better than any regular job.

With all the skills I've acquired over the years people are often surprised that I haven't been able to find a regular job (especially those job search co-ordinator people who circle like a vulture when they think I'm an easy prospect for job placement).

It is precisely because of all these skills that I find regular work...well...depressing. I'm not just saying that either. I've had regular jobs and followed the gradual spiral down into monotony and boredom. It's just not me.

Working for ones self is challenging. Working for ones self as an artist is doubly, even triply (is that even a word?) challenging. It is very hard and I'm always struggling just to make ends meet. I can say that it isn't boring or monotonous but it can be depressing.

What would be useful is, if all those people who've suggested I need a real job, offered words of encouragement instead. Or better yet, offered to refer their friends to my site just for a look...and maybe hinted that they can buy gifts of my art too.

That would be far more beneficial than telling me I need to get a job.

"You are the Generation that bought more shoes..."

"You are the generation that bought more shoes, you get what you deserve." This quote is a song lyric that I heard on the radio (my apologies to the writer and artist that it belongs too because I don't know who either of you are). It's a great line and I can only assume it refers to the apparent lack of interest today's eighteen to twenty somethings appear to have in more serious and deeper issues.

Not that I'm trying to hold myself up as someone who campaigns strongly for the greater good of human kind or that I spend significant amounts of time raising awareness of important issues. I'm certainly not a poster boy for changing the attitudes of people with too many shoes but lyrics like that do make you think.

It's at this point that I really don't know where to go with this article. Should I focus on the material nature of modern society and its obsession with having more stuff? Or should I mention a few important issues, like Human Rights Abuses, the Iraq war and Globalisation to make it sound like I'm a little less interested in myself and how I look in a great pair of jeans?

With so many big issues and hard questions who really knows what to think? Perhaps it's just easier to go shopping? Buy more stuff so that you can be a better person. It's all about status and what brands are popular this week in order to be hip and with it. People are defined by what they wear and what they own right?

Buy more shoes.
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