THE DA VINCI CODE
Apparently I’m one of the only few who have not read “The Da Vinci Code.” I have no desire to do so, regardless of how popular the book continues to be. I will see the movie, and of course I’ll ‘get it’ whether or not I’ve contributed to Dan Brown’s best-seller status. “The Da Vinci Code” is simply not my cup of tea, and I am amused by the silent stones of surprise and disapproval thrown my way because of my decision not to read it.
Most motion picture adaptations ruin original stories, but I look forward to this one as a suspenseful film with a good cast and director. There is so much hype about the movie that inevitably people who love the book will be disappointed by certain aspects of Ron Howard’s vision and interpretation of it. Although it was a brilliant move to cast the universally adored and controversy-free Tom Hanks with the famous French actress Audrey Tautou (Catherine Zeta Jones lite), as these two are about as safe and likable as you can get. The film will experience the same staunch criticism from particular religious organizations and scholars as the book has for years, which in turn will fuel and almost guarantee its box office success.