Books to Movies: The Da Vinci Code

The Da Vinci CodeThe basic info. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown was published in 2003 and became a bestseller all over the globe. Of course they decided to make a movie out of it. The movie came out in 2006 and starred Tom Hanks, Audrey Tautou, Paul Bettany, Jean Reno, Ian McKellan, and Alfred Molina.

What’s the story? Robert Langdon, a symbologist, gets called to the scene of the murder of the curator of the Louvre. The curator left a clue that led to more clues found in the works of Leonardo Da Vinci. With the help of French cryptologist Sophie Neveu, Robert discovers that the curator was part of a secret society dedicated to protecting a religious relic. Robert and Sophie follow the clues while trying to evade an unknown danger that seems hell bent on getting their hands on whatever it is the secret society is protecting.

Which one did I experience first? I read the book first and it was during the time when it was already very popular and everyone was mostly raving about it.

Honestly, I don’t remember too many details about both, but I know I enjoyed them. I found an old post of mine that mentions me finishing the book and the only thing I said was that it was an easy read and I finished it in a day, but that it was too hyped up. Maybe I expected too much from the novel, what with almost everybody over the moon about it. I know I liked following the trail of clues on Da Vinci’s works. I really enjoyed the mystery, mixed in with religious and historical elements. It’s always interesting to read novels that get people thinking and wondering about “what ifs.”

The Da Vinci Code, the movie, was entertaining. Of course, it didn’t follow every detail and there were “creative” changes to the characters and what not, but it was entertaining nonetheless. I do remember thinking that Tom Hanks wasn’t exactly who I pictured for Robert Langdon. I don’t know who else could’ve played the role, but I just remember thinking he was an odd choice. I thought Paul Bettany was superb, but then again I think he’s beautiful and I like all his work. LOL.

Book vs. Movie. I like the book more because of all the details, but the movie was pretty entertaining, too. You know, this 31 Days series is making want to re-read so many books. Hah.


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