Minus the fact that we didn’t encounter any religious protesters (bummer), The Da Vinci Code was quite enjoyable but not as interesting as the book. In all honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever found a film that is more enjoyable than the original text. It must be the bibliophile in me. 

I think Ron Howard did an exceptionally good job directing, especially at brining out the action-packed portions of the story while also keeping the most important historical and religious lessons in the mix. Without giving too much away, the very last scene was rather moving. He also made some wise casting decisions. I was very excited that Jean Reno, a talented French actor, made it into the film as Captain Fache. If you are not familiar with Jean Reno, I demand that you immediately rent The Professional (Leon) or Wasabi! His acting is superb in these English language films, but he was even more impressive speaking his native tongue in the film last night. And who can resist Ian McKellen? 

Out of all of the components of the film, I was least impressed with Tom Hanks as the main character—and I’m not talking about his greasy mop of hair. I am almost always impressed with his acting, but I left the cinema last night saying “eh.” When I read The Da Vinci Code, I had a stronger character in my mind for Robert Langdon—someone who seemed to have a little more academic and spiritual depth. 

Oh, and back to the topic of religious protesters. The fourteen-year-old girl manning the ticket counter got really excited when we asked if there had been any religious protests at that particular theater. She said that some people had tried to stage a protest, but that her manager told them they would have to leave immediately “or be arrested on the spot!” If only all people could be that excited about their places of employment.