Friday, May 19, 2006

Strib: "Limp adaptation of the bestseller would try the patience of a saint"

The makers of "The Da Vinci Code" will need all the newsmaking discord they can muster to turn this leaden religio-historic thriller into box-office gold. Ron Howard's adaptation of Dan Brown's bestseller is punishingly long, dramatically overwrought and fatally short on the thrills we demand from summertime blockbusters.

Luckily for the filmmakers, everyone everywhere is talking about Tom Hanks' hair. [snip]

Dominic Papatola in the PPD: The shocking secret of 'The Da Vinci Code': It stinks
"As a practicing Catholic . . .Faith is the acceptance of things we can't see, after all, and the idea that someone would suddenly believe that Jesus and Mary Magdalene were married just because "Da Vinci" actor Ian McKellen said so suggests a faith that probably wasn't all that strong to begin with."

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