The Da Vinci Code

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Rating: 8

I was a bit skeptical about this movie, but I was curious beacause of the talk (some would even say scandal) that is continuing to rise around it. Demonized by the Church, acclaimed by the fans of the book, at first it seemed that The Da Vinci Code was not only a masterpiece, but a revelation for all the Christian world. However, many people who saw it are commented "oh, it ain't worth", "don't watch it, it's really bad", "the book is way better", "both the book and the movie suck", etc...

Before going any further, let me say that I did not read the book.

The movie starts with a murder in Paris. Soon after the discovery of the body, it's quite clear that it's not a simple murder but that there's something bigger behind; the size of this "something" grows as the movie goes on, until the viewer understands it's an hidden truth which can shake the Christian Church from the roots (by the way, there are chances it is really true). The first part of the film is an excellent crime thriller, then it slowly changes by mixing in genres such as thriller, adventure, and even comedy. As the American symbologist Robert Langdon and the French policewoman Sophie Neveu continue their quest towards the truth, the situations, places and characters would perfectly fit in an Indiana Jones movie. And this, besides the damn good plot, is what keeps the movie entertaining until the last scene (which shows up nearly 150 minutes after the murder).

There's no need to comment on Tom Hanks' brilliant performance in the role of Robert Langdon. Audrey Tatou, the fascinating Amelie at her first Hollywood experience, deserves a praise for the excellent starring in Sophie Neveu character. Besides the main actors, my favourite is Ian McKellen (in the role of Sir Leigh Teabing): despite being a controversial character, he's so fun with his all-British style and humor.

The Da Vinci Code is likely to become one of the most commercially successful movies of all time. Is that deserved? Well, I think so. It's not a masterpiece, but that means nothing (were Titanic and Harry Potter masterpieces?). Ron Howard's work will not shake the ground under you feet, but it is very entertaining: don't miss it.

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