I thought that today I would do one of my all time favourite films, although it took me watching it ten times to understand it! The Da Vinci Code is an amazing film and I actually watched it every Friday for over a month, along with its sequels. This film, for some reason, leaves me with a smile on my face, the entire length of it.
The film is REALLY LONG! It is about two hours and thirty minutes. It takes a lot of brain power to follow as it is a real thinker of a film and it really makes your mind work, but I love the concept! This film does have some quite intense moments however, including a character that tortures himself to repent his sins. The Da Vinci Code is full of twists and turns and you never know who to trust as most people who seem trust worthy are not, and there are not many people who the two main characters can call upon to help them… even the police.
Although it is classed as a mystery thriller, I would also class it as an adventure film as the main characters have to travel to many different places to find clues. This film has so much more in it than I would have first imagined when looking at the cover and the synopsis, it has: murder, crime, clues, questions, puzzles, and car chases, what more could you ask for. This film also has some very touching moments, which, for the length of it, is okay with me. There is a particular part in this film that I love, when the two main characters are travelling in an armoured truck, you will have to see the film to know more, but it is a very touching and connecting moment between them. I would watch the whole of this film just to see that one scene.
There are many big names in this film including: Tom Hanks, Audrey Tautou, Sir Ian McKellen, Jean Reno, Paul Bettany and Alfred Molina. I love Tom Hanks, he is one of my all time favourite actors, I have seen many of his films: Splash, Big, Philadelphia, Apollo 13, Toy Story, Toy Story 2, Toy Story 3, Cast Away, Road To Perdition, Catch Me If You Can, Angels & Demons, Cloud Atlas, Captain Phillips, Saving Mr. Banks, Bridge of Spies, Sully: Miracle on the Hudson and I have loved them all. Tom plays Robert Langdon excellently, as I think that he plays him as a normal person: asking questions all the time, scared, confused, freezes up when he or others are in danger or around weapons, allowing Sophie (Audrey Tautou) to say goodbye to her Grandfather when they really should be getting away as quickly as possible. I also think that he plays claustrophobia well.
Sir Ian McKellen plays his part excellently, especially the way he plays his character’s disability. I believe that everyone plays there characters fantastically and they should all be really proud of this film. It was also a surprise to me that Ron Howard directed it, not because I didn’t think that he could direct something like this, but because the only film I think that I have seen him direct is ‘How The Grinch Stole Christmas’ which is, fair to say, completely different from this film! To end this paragraph, I love the friendship that is formed between Robert and Sophie, and that they didn’t make it a film where the guy and girl get together in the end… it just didn’t need it.
Here some other ways that I love the film that I think are amazing: the way it shows the past; the film’s many locations; the visuals for Robert Langdon remembering things. I also love the way that the film ends as I think that it is perfect. I cannot wait to get to read the book and its sequels and to see how the film compares to it, although it may be a bit much for my little mind to comprehend!
Let me know what you think of this film if you have or are going to watch it in the comments below! Also, if you were looking to buy this film check out my shop!
Remember be brave, be happy, be kind, be you!
See you next time…