The Da Vinci Code: D-Koded

I finally got the chance to go and watch the Da Vinci Code tonight. And I have to say that it wasn’t all that impressive. I’ve read the book and although it stayed somewhat true to the storyline in the book, it wasn’t all that. The had to change a few things in the movie because they were short for time but some of the things they put in there threw me off. And then they added some things which made me a little more confushed. So I would understand it if those who haven’t read the book are a bit confused after watching the movie.

It’s a holiday today so the theatre wasn’t busy. When I went to purchase my tickets, the cashier said that there was plenty of seats available. Which is a good thing because there will be plenty of seats to choose from. But that wasn’t the case. I ended up sitting towards the side rather than towards the center. Not a big issues because I was just there see how close to the book it was.For anyone who hasn’t seen the movie yet, I would advise against reading this because it might be a spoiler. But I’ll try not to say anything that will ruin the movie for you if you plan on going to see it.

The movie started out the same way the book started, with a murder at the Louvre. There’s nothing special about the murder, the old man gets shots and eventually dies. But before dying, he manages to run around and leave a whole bunch of clues for the main characters to find. Now here’s the part that I didn’t pay much attention to. When the old man was shot, apparrently he was on the left side of the gate but when he was found dead, he was on the right side of the gate. Why that was a big significant, I don’t know. But Kenny seem to have made a big issue about it for some reason.

In the movie, Robert Langdon was approached by the police during a book signing while in the novel he was awoken at the hotel. Being awoken at the hotel made a bit more sense because Langdon was destracted long enough for them to put a tracking device on him. At the book signing, all you see is the police officer taking Langdon’s jacket off the chair for him. If he was to slip a tracking device in at that time, I’m sure a lot of people would have seen it.

While I’m talking about Robert Langdon, in the movie, they altered his character a little. When he arrives at the museum, he was greet by Captain Bezu Fache. The two walk towards and elevator which will take them down to the crime scene. Langdon hesitated to get onto the elevator because he is claustrophobic. I don’t remember that part about him in the novel. I’m not sure why they added that trait to him but Thoeun said that it had something to do with the message of the movie. And I think he’s on the right track. In the novel, it’s saying that Jesus is just a man and everything about Christianity is fake. But in the movie, it doesn’t cross that line. It’s saying that Jesus could be the son of God or he couldn’t it. It was up to us to choice what we want to believe. Langdon’s claustrophobia was caused after he had fallen into a well when he was younger. He prayed to God to help him make it through that ordeal because he wanted to see his family again.

It seem that Langdon’s role in the movie was to be the devil’s advocate. He wasn’t for or against Christianity. Leigh Teabing was the guy that was saying that the bible was made up by Constantine. But every time Teabing would reveal a secret Langdon would jump on it to say that it’s false. I think in the novel, he never objected to anything Teabing said so there was a bit of a conflict there. There were a few more inconsistencies but I don’t want to ruin the movie.

In the end, I don’t think it was worth going to see. It was good an all but I think it’s better off to read the book. The storyline in the movie was a bit rushed. They didn’t explain the things that the book explained. They even changed the ending around. And the ending didn’t really make any sense. So I recommend that you go out and buy the book rather than buying a ticket for the movie. You’ll enjoy the book a lot more than the movie.

2 replies on “The Da Vinci Code: D-Koded”

  1. Hey, I was looking at your site since I was giving you a shout out from my own, and I happened to come across this entry about the Da Vinci Code. I find it ironic because I am about to write a little entry on it myself!
    I too read the novel, but I enjoyed the film. I have to disagree on a couple of issues you brought up. I don’t agree that the message of the novel is different than that of the movie. I don’t think either argues that Christianity is fake; I think they argue more about the underlying facts of Jesus and the corruption of the church. I do however; agree with you in that Langdon seems more wishy washy in the movie, making sure that the viewers know that these are simply ‘theories’ not truths about Christianity.

    Another thought is that of the claustrophobia. I actually remember that well story from the novel, and I think Langdon’s unease was needed in order for Sophie to demonstrate her healing touch….it does run in the family after all.

    I know this movie is taking a lot of flack, but I actually enjoyed it almost as much as the novel, although Tom needs to stop squinting so much and could use a hair cut.


  2. I guess it’s been a while since I first read the story. I saw a whole bunch of other stuff relating to the movie so I think I must have mixed up the different novels. For a while I remember something about a character that didn’t want to take the evelator and preferred to take the stairs but that was another novel by another author. But the whole claustrophobic thing alluded me completely. I might have to read the book again.

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