I’m quite sure a hell lot of people have caught this movie by the time I write this, judging from the hype that’s surrounding this flick. That, and the minor inconvenient fact that almost every friggin’ cinema are screening the same few shows; it’s not like you have a choice heh.
In fact, I had to book the bloody tickets online to make sure I could get three adjoining seats. And the cinema was full last night, could you believe that? It’s a late Monday screening geez, and the show ended past midnight. It makes you wonder why some people would gladly fork out the cash to sit at the front row, get neck cramps and lose sleep when they’ve got to work tomorrow.
On to the movie anyway. I’d already lowered my opinion of the movie, so it wasn’t that bad. In fact, it greatly exceeded my expectations (not that hard a thing to do, since I had like zero expectations). It manages to capture the feel of the book, and the CG effects were well done IMO; not too flashy, not too overdone. The movie was taken at most of the actual spots, so you can pretty much count on authenticity. The movie managed to bore me out in the first half though, and so I nodded off for a bit before the interesting part started. (Apparently I wasn’t alone, since S and ahlong did the same.)
Tom Hanks plays a decent Langdon, although Audrey Tatou fails to shine in this movie. Perhaps the character just wasn’t suited to her, a slight disappointment since I’ve been impressed by most of her movies so far. Despite all that, she still looks great anyway, bleh.
Like all adaptations, the plot has been severely compressed, and all purists would definitely start ranting over this part. Quite a bit of the details are not talked about, but simply shown, so you have to keep your eyes open if you want to take in the whole lot. The part about the second cryptex was removed, but that wasn’t too big a stumbling block in the plot anyway.
The importance of the symbology was downplayed in the show, there were still a lot of things glossed over in the movie, like the significance of the ritual that Sophie glimpsed upon in her youth.
One thing I wasn’t too satisfied with was the ending sequence, where Langdon knelt in reverence to the tomb. The feeling wasn’t really captured, and it looked like he was gingerly kneeling down in expectation rather than the awe he was supposed to feel.
Overall, I’d say it wasn’t too bad a job.. BUT. It could definitely be a whole lot better, considering all the hype generated by the book. A weekday ticket to this, just to see the book come to life.
In the shithapperns life of yours truly, my bike got stolen last night. I’m definitely not too happy about this, since I’d only bought the bugger less than a year ago, and it’s been a smooth ride. This must be the most expensive movie ticket of my life, geez. This sucks.
I’d taken this originally (clarification: at another location, not where my bike was stolen) to highlight the part about no parking for bicycles, but it’s turned out to be the last snap of my bike instead.
So if any of you see something that looks like the pic above, feel free to walk right up to the cyclist, drag him off the bike and punch his teeth out, since there’s no conceivable way another Raleigh bike could look the same (I’d modified the decals on the body).
– Acuvue‘s having this offer where you sign up online and receive a $20 discount. Good if you’re into disposable dailies.
– Jamie Cullum‘s coming to Singapore in June, incase you don’t know. Buy his concert tickets if you’re a fan! : )
– From The Joy of Tech! comes a new set of the Commandments; funny ;p