The Da Vinci Code

The Louvre at night.

The Da Vinci code

(2006)

Directed by Ron Howard
Starring Tom Hanks, Audrey Tatou, Ian McKellen, Jean Reno

Rating: ******
              2/6

Tom Hanks gives a lecture about the Sacred Feminine.

The Da Vinci Code,
Good book, bad film,
A surprise with
Ron Howard at the helm.

No Willow this time,
A shame to be seen,
Though he chose a good story
To put to the screen.

Dan Brown’s book was
Controversial and raw.
Mr. Howard failed
To recapture the awe.

Meet Audrey, the Holy Grail of women.

The fascination and surprises
That leapt from the page
Got lost in the script,
Which failed to engage.

The story seemed hurried,
The plot twists rushed.
The movie’s potential
Was compacted and crushed.

Tom Hanks plays an expert
On feminine symbols
His knowledge of history
Pays all his bills.

An albino is never to be trusted.

He teams up with a woman
played by Audrey Tautou
And together they have
A mystery to unscrew–

One that goes back
Thousands of years.
There’s a secret society,
Too, it appears.

There are also some bad guys
And ones an albino.
One’s Ian McKellen,
And one’s Bishop Manuel.

Never trust a man who can move metal with his mind.

They visit some pretty places,
I’ll admit,
But it doesn’t make up for
The flaws, not a bit.

We’re presented a story
We can follow along,
But we’re not made to care,
And that’s part of what’s wrong

The story just isn’t
Told very well,
So I give it a two.
I’m sure they meant well.

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