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post #16 of 29
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What is wrong with you people? Tom Hanks one of the greatest of actors of our generation. I sure Tom Cruise or Hugh Grant would do a better job??? You don't have to be a fan but you have to admit he is a great actor. As for the book, it is one of the best books I've read in a long time. It was well put together with out any down spots.
I really don't think of Tom Hanks as a "great actor" He's moderately versatile given good direction, and yet I find him extremely bland and his choice of roles falls somewhere inbetween Johnny Depp 'quirky yet endearing' and Shaquille O'neal's 'I can't act and yet I keep on trying' . I haven't enjoyed any of his movies since... oh... The Burbs, Batchelor Party, Splash, and Big.... and I believe I was about ten. And as far as the Dan Brown books go, I liked Angels And Demons better.
post #17 of 29
My favorite book by Brown is deception point.
post #18 of 29
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I think the Da Vinci Code is a pretty good book, and I read it when it first came out, before it got overly popular. I think bashing the Da Vinci Code is the sartorial equiavalent of bashing Hugo Boss or Armani Collezioni, it's not the greatest quality, but most people think it's great.
I can't speak for other people but my bashing is the result of its complete distortion of early Christian history. He proclaims in the beginning of the novel that every ritual, history and group that he describes is completely true when in fact he commits several dozen errors of facts -- presuming he was actually trying to be factual. It didn't help that it was purely written.
post #19 of 29
I liked his writing style personally, it moved along at a fairly good pace without being formulaic like some other authors of that genre. What distortions are you discussing? With the lack of factual data from that time period, I imagine many different things can be substantiated.
post #20 of 29
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how about Harrison Ford?  Brown did refer to Langdon as "Harrison Ford in Harris Tweed"
ummm. Amen to that. Although Perez' books are better written, I enjoyed this one. Try "The Club Dumas" (inspired "The 9th Gate" with Johnny Depp.) I find Eco a bit taxing -- all that lifting of the dictionary for clarification every other paragraph.
post #21 of 29
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I think the Da Vinci Code is a pretty good book, and I read it when it first came out, before it got overly popular.  I think bashing the Da Vinci Code is the sartorial equiavalent of bashing Hugo Boss or Armani Collezioni, it's not the greatest quality, but most people think it's great.
Angels and Demons was better, I think more acurate in its deatailing of the cities scapes, and most of all, the action never stopped from the beginning to the end...much better book, but I think in the future I will stick with Baldacci.
post #22 of 29
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how about Harrison Ford?  Brown did refer to Langdon as "Harrison Ford in Harris Tweed"
ummm. Amen to that. Although Perez' books are better written, I enjoyed this one. Try "The Club Dumas" (inspired "The 9th Gate" with Johnny Depp.) I find Eco a bit taxing -- all that lifting of the dictionary for clarification every other paragraph.
I quite like Perez-Reverte as well. Reverte, and Eco are the fun authors per se. The Flanders Panel is another suggestion.
post #23 of 29
OK, I'll admit it--I enjoyed "The DaVinci Code." It's a quick, thriller, not too heavy and an enjoyable way to spend a cross-country flight. I'm not pleased with the Tom Hanks casting, though. It reminds me of when he was cast for "Bonfire of the Vanities"--one of the worst movies ever made from a good book. Hanks was wrong for that role--he doesn't/can't do patrician very well. Harrison Ford is great--but even older than Hanks. How about someone in his early 40s--say, Kiefer Sutherland, Nick Cage, or even Robert Downy Jr.?
post #24 of 29
Nicholas Cage wouldn't be bad for the role, he was pretty good in a similar role in national treasure though. Hmm... they could get that guy from "there's something about mary" that was faking with the crutches to play the english lord though.
post #25 of 29
John Cusack...that would be kind of cool.
post #26 of 29
Jean Reno as seen in the excellent movies; Leon, Ronin, Mission Impossible, La Femme Nikita and the not so excellent movies; Godzilla (the American travesty starring Matthew Broderick), Just Visiting (with Christina Applegate), Rolleball (ugh) Has signed on to play Detective Fache. FYI
post #27 of 29
Hmm, I think he may do a good job as Fache, i've no doubt he can play the officious frenchman to a T, although he has a generally down to earthness to his role that he needs to get rid of to do that
post #28 of 29
Angels & Demons and Deception Point were both better books. I too could see John Cusack playing Langdon for some reason.
post #29 of 29
There are of course better books on the subject out there, but this is a light thriller, and as such it has popularised these concepts because of its accessibility to the general public. I read "Holy Blood, Holy Grail" years ago, interesting, but far too serious and in depth to be a mass appeal page turner. The Da Vinci Code may claim that all rituals, etc. are correct, and then be criticised by some for this not being true, but then again how do we know, after all is not the entire point of this and the other books on the subject the fact that the Roman Catholic version of the Christ story is completely wrong?
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