Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Hanks/Tautou Flee Angry Da Vinci Critics

Maybe premiering "The Da Vinci Code" movie at the Cannes Film Fest wasn't such a grand idea, the filmmakers must be thinking after it debuted in France today. The first reviews are trickling in and so far the critics are doing everything but pelting the screen with brie and baguettes!

STEPHEN SCHAEFER of the "Boston Herald," sniped, "'Nothing really works. It's not suspenseful. It's not romantic. It's certainly not fun. It seems like you're in there forever. And you're conscious of how hard everybody's working to try to make sense of something that basically perhaps is unfilmable."

Variety gripes, "No chemistry exists between the hero and heroine, and motivation remains a troubling sore point. Why does the innocent professor flee? Why is Sophie so eager to help? Why is anyone doing what he does when so many characters and subplots turn into red herrings?"

While the Hollywood Reporter moans, "The RON HOWARD-directed film features one of TOM HANKS' more remote, even wooden performances in a role that admittedly demands all the wrong sorts of things from a thriller protagonist..."

Tom joked yesterday on "The Insider" that opening in France at "the granddaddy of all film festivals is a recipe for disaster! It is fistfights and riots and stabbings and fire extinguishers and the whole bit. The Palais Du Cinema will be torn to ribbons!" Looks like he wasn't far off!

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