The Da Vinci Code (2006) Review

When a murder occurs inside the Louvre with clues left in Da Vinci paintings this puts Robert Langdon directly involved. This could all lead to a religious mystery which has been protected by a secret society for over two thousand years.


Robert Langdon is a professor and leader within his field of symbols. He is immediately drawn into the murder as he was supposed to meet the man who had been killed. Instantly becoming the polices prime suspect, Sophie Neveu manages to quickly get him out and way from the police so they can attempt to work out the clues and crack the code left by none other than her grandfather.

The Da Vinci Code as a book really did cause a lot of controversy with the way it tackles religion. It really was very popular, so much so that I even read it myself! Before seeing the film as well, which is not something that I manage to do very often, something that I always find such a shame. It was always going to be a tricky one to adapt into a film and because of this I have always felt that it does not live up to the quality of the novel. (I know this is normally the case when you have read something first).

Given the nature of the twists and turns I cannot really get too into the plot throughout the review as it would inevitably spoil different parts of the film. It flows at a good enough pace which could be seen as rather difficult given the nature of symbols and cracking codes, given that it is not the most exciting of things to watch. However, given the police chasing them this certainly adds some tension and drama.

Tom Hanks is perfect as Robert Langdon, I really cannot imagine anyone being able to take on that role with such ease. Given his amazing screen presence it was essential to get this casting spot on which I have always felt was totally spot on. Audrey Tautou is pretty average as Sophie Neveu to be brutally honest, she always feels a little bit lost and doesn’t really manage to stay on the same level as Hanks which was a bit of a shame. But that leaves Ian McKellen who is even more perfect in his role of Sir Leigh Teabing, like this was written directly for him right? It more than feels like it, on the rewatch this character was the part that I appreciated more than on my last viewing.

It was always going to be difficult to match the same level as that which surrounded the book on release and over the next couple of years. It does manage to have a good balance between the mystery and thriller in the genre, giving viewers plenty to think about and cause more controversy within religious groups for the suggestions surrounding the different plot points.

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