The Da Vinci Code

Synopsis: While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call: the elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum. Near the body, police have found a baffling cipher. While working to solve the enigmatic riddle, Langdon is stunned to discover it leads to a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci — clues visible for all to see — yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

Langdon joins forces with a gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, and learns the late curator was involved in the Priory of Sion — an actual secret society whose members included Sir Isaac Newton, Botticelli, Victor Hugo, and Da Vinci, among others.

In a breathless race through Paris, London, and beyond, Langdon and Neveu match wits with a faceless powerbroker who seems to anticipate their every move. Unless Langdon and Neveu can decipher the labyrinthine puzzle in time, the Priory’s ancient secret — and an explosive historical truth — will be lost forever.

My thoughts: I found out that the movie was being made in December 2004 while I was still reading the book, and I found out then that Tom Hanks was going to be Robert Langdon and I was ecstactic! However… I wasn’t as happy with the movie. The book was so much better – that being said, I still liked the movie and I will definitely go see it again and I would still very much like to add it to my collection.

They did well in portraying a lot of the emotion in the book, but because so much of the book was narrated there was limited dialogue (at least in the sense that if you had not read the book, you might be a little lost). And there is a particular point in the movie that I would like to talk about but I have to warn those that have not read the book or seen the movie that this is a definite…

[possible movie spoiler]: Near the end of the book, where Robert Lagdon has the keystone and Dan Brown is describing how his mind is racing, trying to figure out the password your mind is racing as well but in the movie, there wasn’t as much urgency… it seemed so much more calm, almost easier for him to figure it out. And that was the most disappointing point for me.[/possible movie spoiler]

Oh and be warned: there are subtitiles for the french dialouge so be sure to go to a theatre with elevated seats, and/or go early so that you won’t have to sit in the front. Overall… I give a 3/5 – and I would probably have given it a 4/5 if I had never read the book. So it gets a 3.5/5.