Friday, June 09, 2006

Da Vinci Code: The Movie vs. The Book

I suppose it has been two years since I read The Da Vinci Code. This past Monday morning I saw the movie. Traditionally, I avoid that situation. I almost never like the movie as well as the book. And I usually am truly disappointed by the movie.

Well, in this case I was pleasantly surprised. Maybe I had forgotten how much I liked the book. Maybe I had become cynical because of all the hype. Maybe for once, I was able to avoid getting my expectations too high. At any rate...I quite enjoyed The Da Vinci Code: The Movie.

I didn't expect to find Tom Hanks believable as the main character, but again I was surprised. I thought he was a good choice.

In addition to the adventure/mystery of the book/movie and of course the interesting questions it raises about male-centric religion, there is the art. Da Vinci and his art are intriguing to me and Dan Brown has certainly brought his works to the fore with this book. I have certainly taken the time to look closely at The Last Supper more than once. And, have looked at other pieces that I had probably never given a second glance before.

All this being said. I am still not a "movie person", but I would recommend this one.

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