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DaVinci Code Movie: Will It Be Faithful To Book?

Fri Mar 03, 2006 8:45 pm

Dan Brown's book Da Vinci Code is brilliant but last week saw the start of the Court case in which the authors of Holy Blood, Holy Grail have accused Brown of plagiarism. The case jeopardises the release of the film, which stars Tom Hanks, in May and is one of the major releases for summer.

Whilst there are some exceptions, generally screen adaptations of successful books have been disappointing and I fear the same will apply for Da Vinci Code. Whilst I am definitely planning to see the film, I shall try very hard to forget what I have read but I am sure that I will be comparing the film with the book.

For fans of the book, are you planning to see the movie? If so, do you forget about the book and view the film with an open mind or do you draw comparisons? Is there any word on the vine about how good/bad the film is compared to the book? Obviously, there have been some sneak previews to test audience reaction.
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RE: DaVinci Code Movie: Will It Be Faithful To Book?

Fri Mar 03, 2006 9:47 pm

Prepare to be disappointed! I don't think I've ever come across a film which has done justice to the book. In all fairness, there is only so much you can fit in two hours or less, so a director has to decide just how much he's going to leave out, which -- in the Da Vinci Code's case -- HAS to be enormous.

I've seen the trailer, and while I wasn't looking forward to Tom Hanks starring in it, the main characters certainly LOOK good (particularly Silas [Paul Bettany] and Sophie [Audrey Tatou] who look pretty much as I had imagined them).

And you have those amazing locations, so visually it can't fail; but as for content, well, we'll just have to wait and see. Apparently Dan Browne rejected a bid for the rights to the book for a TV programme, which, when you think of it, would be a great way to film a book as long as DVC. The original Forsyte Saga ran to 26 episodes when it was first put on the small screen. This would have been a great way to film Lord of the Rings -- in such long sagas, this is really only the way to convey a sense of time.

Still, I'll be looking forward to it, though I won't be expecting it to be faithful to the book. The best we can hope for is that there are no big changes to the plot, and really, seeing that it IS such a good read, why shoud there be?

I know Patick McCabe gave Neil Jordan full authority to change as much as he wanted with Breakfast on Pluto, (apparently the book was not great) and he added several pieces and changed aspects of the main character, and the result was one of those rare occasions where the film was actually better than the book.
 
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RE: DaVinci Code Movie: Will It Be Faithful To Book?

Fri Mar 03, 2006 10:18 pm

Quoting Braybuddy (Reply 1):
Prepare to be disappointed! I don't think I've ever come across a film which has done justice to the book. In all fairness, there is only so much you can fit in two hours or less, so a director has to decide just how much he's going to leave out, which -- in the Da Vinci Code's case -- HAS to be enormous.

I've seen the trailer, and while I wasn't looking forward to Tom Hanks starring in it, the main characters certainly LOOK good (particularly Silas [Paul Bettany] and Sophie [Audrey Tatou] who look pretty much as I had imagined them).

And you have those amazing locations, so visually it can't fail; but as for content, well, we'll just have to wait and see. Apparently Dan Browne rejected a bid for the rights to the book for a TV programme, which, when you think of it, would be a great way to film a book as long as DVC. The original Forsyte Saga ran to 26 episodes when it was first put on the small screen. This would have been a great way to film Lord of the Rings -- in such long sagas, this is really only the way to convey a sense of time.

Still, I'll be looking forward to it, though I won't be expecting it to be faithful to the book. The best we can hope for is that there are no big changes to the plot, and really, seeing that it IS such a good read, why shoud there be?

I know Patick McCabe gave Neil Jordan full authority to change as much as he wanted with Breakfast on Pluto, (apparently the book was not great) and he added several pieces and changed aspects of the main character, and the result was one of those rare occasions where the film was actually better than the book.

Films made from books are only disappointed if you expect to see the pictures which have formed in your mind while reading it.
Everyone has different pictures in his mind when reading a book. So does the regisseur and he tries to picture his "pictures" (man that sounds dull).

Anyway if you are able to let lose from your pictures you can enjoy the movie.

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RE: DaVinci Code Movie: Will It Be Faithful To Book?

Fri Mar 03, 2006 10:23 pm

Quoting BCAL (Thread starter):
For fans of the book, are you planning to see the movie? If so, do you forget about the book and view the film with an open mind or do you draw comparisons?

I have read the book, and will surely see the movie (maybe not in the theaters - might wait for DVD.)

I can't help but compare the books to the movies they spawn. I cannot think of one example of a movie being better than the book. A book might contain 500 to 1000 close-typed pages, while a typical screenplay is 200 pages, maximum, and with lots of spaces. Obviously, they have to go through the book with an axe and cut out 80% of it just to make it fit in a 2-hour timespan. You might keep the basic story, but you lose all the atmospherics, the character development, the workings of the characters' minds, etc.

The absolute worst in that sense were the movie versions of the Tom Clancy novels. With perhaps the exception of Patriot Games and Red October, which were relatively simple, The books are so rich in twisting plots and development, and the movies lost at LEAST 90-95% of it, and what little they had left was drasticly changed. That last one, Sum of All Fears with Ben Aflick was an absolute embarassment.

Lord of the Rings was kinda special. It was obvious that Peter Jackson is a rabid fan of the book, and did everything he could to stay faithful to them while adapting them to a 9-hour film. There is still a ton of interesting stuff missing, but I can see and appreciate the effort he made (apart from the wonky love story).

About Da Vinci Code, I am more worried about possible social aspects. Most of the people who read the book are fairly educated, and will understand that a lot of the background conspiracy that is the basis of the story is pure BS. But the movie-going public are generally much more stupid. I am a bit worried that when people see the movie and see things attributed to the Catholic Church or Opus Dei and others, and recognizing that they are real organizations, might think that they are actually up to the kinds of things the story talks about, which is rubbish.

I enjoyed the book immensly. After reading it, I went back and read all the other stuff Dan Brown has written, and I enjoyed them, given a healthy dose of disbelief. But I find that his habit of using as characters real entities and making them look evil and malicious is not very cool.
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RE: DaVinci Code Movie: Will It Be Faithful To Book?

Fri Mar 03, 2006 10:33 pm

Quoting Cfalk (Reply 3):
I cannot think of one example of a movie being better than the book

Two come straight to my mind:
  • The Name of The Rose - the film with Sean Connery was much better than the book written by Umberto Eco (but then that is probably because the book was a difficult read!)
  • Gone With The Wind - IMO they could not been more faithful to Margaret Mitchell's book (but then the film was made in days when actors could act without relying on digital wizardy and speak clearly so you could understand them!)
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RE: DaVinci Code Movie: Will It Be Faithful To Book?

Fri Mar 03, 2006 10:42 pm

Quoting BCAL (Reply 4):
The Name of The Rose - the film with Sean Connery was much better than the book written by Umberto Eco (but then that is probably because the book was a difficult read!)

Have to agree with you there. That book is one of the only ones I can remember actually giving up on partway through. It just kept putting me to sleep. Mind you, that might have been the translator's fault, rather than Eco's. Perhaps the original Italian version was rivetting.

Can't say with Gone With the Wind, as I never read it.
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RE: DaVinci Code Movie: Will It Be Faithful To Book?

Fri Mar 03, 2006 10:44 pm

Quoting BCAL (Reply 4):
Quoting Cfalk (Reply 3):
I cannot think of one example of a movie being better than the book

Two come straight to my mind:
The Name of The Rose - the film with Sean Connery was much better than the book written by Umberto Eco (but then that is probably because the book was a difficult read!)

Sort of agree but not quite with you BCAL.

The Name of the Rose is a great and very underrated film and in spirit is a really good re-creation of the book in the time constraints imposed.

However the book is an absolute corker in my opinion, one of my absolute favourites. It can be a hard read -Eco isn't the most accessable - but once you're into it it's very hard to put down.

But yes as a film compard to a book its one of the better efforts for sure.
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RE: DaVinci Code Movie: Will It Be Faithful To Book?

Mon Mar 06, 2006 12:42 am

Quoting BCAL (Thread starter):
DaVinci Code Movie: Will It Be Faithful To Book?

Considering that the book was quite long and that movies rarely are truly faithful to the book version because of budget and/or length, I would say NO!
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RE: DaVinci Code Movie: Will It Be Faithful To Book?

Mon Mar 06, 2006 2:19 am

Quoting Braybuddy (Reply 1):
I don't think I've ever come across a film which has done justice to the book.

The Hunt for Red October is one of the few I can think of that was almost dead on like the book. The few changes they did make were in the final chase scene and didn't harm the story as did the ridiculous changes they made to The Sum of All Fears.
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RE: DaVinci Code Movie: Will It Be Faithful To Book?

Mon Mar 06, 2006 3:47 am

Speaking of films that were better than the books they were based on...A Clockwork Orange.
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RE: DaVinci Code Movie: Will It Be Faithful To Book?

Mon Mar 06, 2006 7:33 am

They might have to edit some of it due to this lawsuit against Dan Brown.
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RE: DaVinci Code Movie: Will It Be Faithful To Book?

Tue Mar 07, 2006 7:10 pm

Quoting BCAL (Thread starter):
Dan Brown's book Da Vinci Code is brilliant

Actually, it's badly-written and a load of rubbish. If the movie is faithful to the book, it will be the same.
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RE: DaVinci Code Movie: Will It Be Faithful To Book?

Tue Mar 07, 2006 7:17 pm

I hope the movie is on par with the book, but I am not holding my breath.

Other movies that, I feel, were faithful to the spirit of their books...

"The Shawshank Redemption" and "The Green Mile."
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