Dan Brown's Robert Langdon Series
THE DA VINCI CODE (12)
D: Ron Howard
Columbia/Imagine/Skylark (Brian Grazer, John Calley & Ron Howard)
USA 🇺🇸 2006
W: Akiva Goldsman [based on the novel by Dan Brown]
DP: Salvatore Totino
Ed: Dan Hanley & Mike Hill
Mus: Hans Zimmer
PD: Allan Cameron
Tom Hanks (Robert Langdon), Audrey Tautou (Sophie Neveu), Ian McKellen (Sir Leigh Teabing), Jean Reno (Capt. Bezu Fache), Paul Bettany (Silas), Alfred Molina (Bishop Aringarosa), Jürgen Prochnow (Andre Vernet)
You have to hand it to Dan Brown. He made a lot of money with a story which is basically a load of complete dross. Still, the novel sold an unbelievable amount of copies and is amongst the most-read books of the 21st century.
As far as the film goes, it's a decent adaptation, making the best out of the source material concerning a controversial religious secret to which the key is hidden amongst the works of Leonardo Da Vinci, causing a power struggle between an intrepid historian and power members of the Christian religion.
Tom Hanks was a curious (and miscast) choice to play the lead character Robert Langdon & Audrey Tautou's casting was even more puzzling. The strangest appointment however was for director Ron Howard to helm the project.
Those who enjoyed reading the book will probably enjoy the film as well.
I didn't enjoy reading the book.
Did You Know:
The production had to build a scale replica of St. Peter's Square since Vatican officials banned the movie from being filmed on its grounds.