The movie based on the controversial super best seller written by Dan Brown. The movie tells the story of our modern day Indiana Jones, Robert Langdon, as he and company accidently pursue "The Holy Grail"(not the one in the "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade".
It was a lot easier for me to watch and enjoy this movie after have read the book. It was easier for me to follow the movies heavy explaining and heavy dialog. I was actually worried about the speed of this movie because of it urgent need to explain everything in great detail for us as a viewer to be able to follow instead of read. But Ron Howard actually pulled it off nicely with excellent flashbacks to medieval battles and spoils.
In point of fact what ended up being one of the biggest disappointments of the film was Tom Hanks and his acting. I thought he was dry and uninterested in his role. I guess my first clue to this was after reading an interview Ron Howard asked Hanks to be in the movie. Hanks having been clueless to the fame of the book or even what it might have been about asked with a puzzled look..."You want me to play Davinci". The rest is history. I think Hanks would have been excellent for the part if he would have responded..."You want me to play Robert Langdon in the adaptation of the best selling novel of all time...Ron this is a dream come true".
Ian Mckellen actually stole the show with an excellent performance crisp with whit and humor. Excellent job for Gandalf the...
Another joy was seeing Jean Reno(The Professional and La Femme Nakita) back on the screen. His part was not big nor his acting amazing but his presence was there and that made me smile.
NOW...My favorite aspect of this movie was the character Silas(Paul Bettany). In the book this Albino monk was my favorite character. Howard presented him exactly as I would have envisioned him. His scenes were intense, harsh, creepy, yet nothing short of amazing. I love it when you have a villain who you cannot help but feel sorry for. When this villain dies or gets captured instead of cheering you are saddened. Great character and great scenes. Paul Bettany...I hope to see you as the Joker.
The movie on the whole. Howard technically speaking did a great job with the camera, editing, etc etc. It was visually crisp and fun to watch. The acting was so so... A little disappointed with Hanks. But when you have played the roles he has sometimes it is hard to live up to yourself, especially with a role like Dr. Langdon. I think if I wouldn't have read the book I would have been really impressed with some of the more intense scenes and really bored with others. I found myself not really caring too much for the two main characters and wanting to see more about Silas. I think the reviews are a little harsh on the movie. I mean come on...Its directed by Ron Howard and based on the best selling book of all time(save for the bible, I find that ironic)...so it cant be that bad of a movie...Technically speaking anyway.
So...To some I will recommend and to others I say avoid. But as for me. Eh...It was fun. Oh, and I got in free.
PS. It is THE best selling book isn't it?