The Da Vinci Code

My sister gave me The Da Vinci Code a while back. I’d say it was before the hype really got hold and as such I simply enjoyed the book, immensely. The book is not ground-breaking by any means, but it’s a great action-adventure and there are some good plot twists to rattle your brain.

Now the trailer for the upcoming movie-version by Ron Howard is here. The film stars the likes of Tom Hanks, Audrey Tatou, and Paul Bettany. While I’ve never been a fan of neither Tom Hanks or Ron Howard, the film looks pretty true to the book (which already seemed like a film script anyway).

Yet, the book discusses some fairly sensitive aspects of the christian church and the foundation of Christianity; if the film will truly be true to the book, it’s a fair bet it’ll generate some outrage in much the opposite way the Passion of the Christ did.

What are your thoughts? Have you read the book?

11 thoughts on “The Da Vinci Code”

  1. Jeff Croft says:

    Read the book, loved it, and am totally psyched for the movie (as you said, i thought the trailer looked pretty promising).

    I expect the movie to cause some degree of controversy, but I suspect it will actually be fairly subdued since the book has already caused enough. In other words, the book came out, everyone’s heard of it, said their piece, argued about it ad-nasuem, and most people are probably just tired of the discussion. There will be some people out protesting, I’m sure, but I think a lot of people that were offended by the book won’t take the time to be offended again by the movie (since, in effect, it’s the exact same “offense.”)

  2. Chris says:

    I read the book a while back. Actually, listened to the unabridged audiobook. It was quite good I thought. Other titles by Dan Brown (Digital Fortress) held less promise; though.

    As for controversy, I’m certain of it. One of the major tenets of the book is quite contrary to Catholicism (I don’t want to ruin it for the three people that have as yet to read the book).

  3. Joen says:

    but I think a lot of people that were offended by the book won?t take the time to be offended again by the movie (since, in effect, it?s the exact same ?offense.?)

    Interesting. You may be right. We’ll see of course.

    I have to admit that — if the movie is true to the story — I do think the movie will cause a controversy, more so than the book, quite simply because it is a movie. It’s visual, it’s paced fast, and it’s designed to attract an audience in a way a book can’t. While indeed the book was a massive success, I’m certain once it hits movie form it’ll stir the waters again.

    Other titles by Dan Brown (Digital Fortress) held less promise; though.

    I heard the same from a number of friends. I heard good things about Angels and Demons though… not good enough that I might buy and read the book (hey, it’s not Arthur C. Clarke).

  4. Chris says:

    (hey, it?s not Arthur C. Clarke).

    And what else is? 🙂

  5. AkaXakA says:

    The hype put me off a bit…I might still read it though.

  6. Chris says:

    Don’t let hype stand in your way. It’s entertaining. It’s especially entertaining if, like myself, you’re a lapsed Catholic.

  7. Bilal says:

    It looks really good. Hope it does full justice to the book.

  8. Jennifer says:

    I also enjoyed the book. It is hard to combine art, religion and mathematics. He was able to pull it off. To me, it was more the mathematical background that drew my attention.

    I’ll also agree Digital Fortress wasn’t nearly as good, but still an interresting read.

    Trailor looks great. I can’t wait to see the movie.

  9. stchatterbox says:

    I also enjoyed the book. It is hard to combine art, religion and mathematics. He was able to pull it off. To me, it was more the mathematical background that drew my attention.

    Agree. It’s quite good for the first read, but probably I won’t spend time again to reading the whole thing for a second time. Looking forward for the film 🙂

  10. Joen says:

    A hearty welcome to all you dear new commentators!

    To me, it was more the mathematical background that drew my attention.

    In my experience, good books (or movies) have several “entry-points”. Even if you don’t like one aspect, you may enjoy another.

    Agree. It?s quite good for the first read, but probably I won?t spend time again to reading the whole thing for a second time. Looking forward for the film 🙂

    I agree completely. It was a good read, but just like some movies: once you get the punch-line / revelation, it’s just not as fun to see/read it a second time.

  11. Ash Haque says:

    I read the book and really liked it. I do have to agree with you that theres going to be a lot of outrage if it comes out.

    Looking forward to the movie 🙂

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