Cinema - Da Vinci Code

Despite being a bit of a fair-weather literary snob – you know the type, will only read ‘quality’ literary fiction but loves Heat magazine – I was determined to ignore the hype and the damning of Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code and judge the book on merit alone. I loved it and went on to recommend and applaud its take on the Catholic church. I loved the fact that Jesus and Mary Magdalene were married and that Da Vinci’s The Last Supper clearly told this to those that knew where to look; and that Jesus left behind a royal French bloodline. But what I loved most about the book was the fact that it was in my head and that’s where I liked it, mixed up with half remembered facts about religion from school and a belief in Jesus as a prophet and a good bloke.

Now to move all of that onto the big screen is anathema to me, especially with Tom Hanks being all sincere and Audrey Tautou†being cute and smart. So I checked out the film reviews to see if it was worth a look and I’m not yet convinced. Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a dismal 24% splat (it counted 199 film reviews; 47 were fresh (good) and 152 were rotten (bad) to determine this percentage). The Hollywood Reporter said it was an “unwieldy, bloated melodrama” and Eclipse magazine, which actually liked the film, said “there are moments when this film, like Tom Hanks’ hair, laid there like a limp noodle.” I might wait until it comes out on DVD. KA

Hanks but no thanks: things aren’t looking up for
Tom and Audrey in The Da Vinci Code

All Saints Arts Centre, Friars Walk, Lewes
When? 5pm and 8pm; same times Sat, Sun, 7.30pm Tues
How Much? £4.50

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