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Paparelli's Movie Reviews
Well, it's just, like... my opinion, man

The Da Vinci Code

Sunday, July 09, 2006

year: 2006
directed by: Ron Howard
written by: Akiva Goldsman, Dan Brown
notable cast: Tom Hanks, Audrey Tautou, Ian McKellen

Paparelli's rating: (0 = worst, **** = best)

For someone who hasn't read the book and is new to the punchline of the story, this is quite an entertaining movie actually. I wasn't as disappointed as many readers of the book said they were. On the other hand, now I know what the clever point to the story is, I'd probably not see it again for a number of years.

I like the idea behind the story. It's a nice fantasy story featuring characters and storylines everybody knows in a slightly different light: the Holy Grail actually represents the vessel of the bloodline/children of Jesus and thus turns out to be the body of Mary Magdalene who supposedly gave birth to his children.

In this conclusion there is a message that has a valuable meaning regardless whether the facts mentioned in the story are right or not: all women can be regarded as the Holy Grail, as mankind in its entirety is offered eternal youth by their childbearing capabilities.

I mean, that's a nice thought told through a clever plot, with some added detective genre elements and some puzzles and code breaking thrown in. I enjoyed watching it, but as a movie it's not well enough filmed or acted to want to go see it another time directly afterwards.


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