Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Start Breaking the Code

For most readers of fiction(including this one), and quite a few non-readers too, I think, the most anticipated movie of 2006 is definitely going to be the movie adaptation of The Da Vinci Code. The first full-length trailer of the film is finally out and it looks gorgeous. But I'm still not convinced Hanks will make a good Langdon.

20 Comments:

At 6:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks for the info balaji. the trailer was great.

gayatri

 
At 7:25 AM, Blogger Zero said...

[Off-topic-but-something-tells-me-you-would-not-mind-it alert]
check this out quite carefully.

P.S.:- And I take all those you-poor-soul looks if you had already seen this, equanimously.

 
At 8:05 AM, Blogger Raju said...

thanks for the trailer.. I have been excited about this movie too.. and is one among the 5 eagerly awaited movies in my recent tag post.

 
At 11:14 AM, Blogger VC said...

We-ell, if Rajini can make a good Sivaji opposite Shreya, then Hanks can make a good Langdon. :-P
**I shall now quietly mottai-adhichufy and run away to Cherapunji**

Would be interested in finding out the who else was considered for Langdon.

 
At 11:44 AM, Anonymous Prasad said...

wow.. i'm now excited! Tom Hanks is the perfect choice.. my favorite actor of all time! can't wait to see how he improvised robert langdon.

the trailer was great too!

 
At 12:04 PM, Anonymous Shwetha said...

Tom Hanks offlate has become a kadi though I used to like him once upon atime. He takes that "I get into the character" tag, a tad too seriously. Reminds me of Kamal Hassan. I like him but off late he tries to over/under act, just so he lives up to his "actor" label and that has began to annoy me. I wish they took a more relaxed and unassuming actor to show the intelligent, yet vulnerable "im not a he-man but an ordinary mortal" kinda trait that the Da Vinci decoder possesses.
But them u never know..I might take it back when I watch the movie.
Shwetha

 
At 12:53 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

gayatri, u're welcome :)

zero, thanx for the pointer. thats a pretty illustrious group to be part of :)

raju, yep. i remembered that :)

vc, but we don't really have a 'sivaji' in mind to see if rajni is a good fit :)

and yes, that would be an interesting list...

prasad, not my fav choice. but i am definitely curious too :)

shwetha, interesting analysis. i just feel he doesn't have much variety and does every role pretty much the same way. that was the main reason why i couldn't see him as langdon. the long hair(from the trailer) didnt really help!

and who would your choice be for "the intelligent, yet vulnerable 'im not a he-man but an ordinary mortal'(nice description!) Langdon?

just for the record, the 1st actor i thought of in langdon's role when they announced the film was liam neeson.

 
At 1:55 PM, Blogger Aatma said...

thanks for the trailer Balaji, I had enjoyed the book - but for some reason there are very few movies that have done justice to the book - Lets see if Ron can make a good movie out of the book - Hanks looks different in this movie - with his long hair.

 
At 2:15 PM, Blogger Sundar Narayanan said...

he looks 10 years younger in the shot where he looks up staight at the ceiling. looking forward to this one..

 
At 2:46 PM, Anonymous ram said...

audrey tautou, the heroine of da vinci code, is "as cute as it gets!" loved her in the int'l smash hit, "Amelie." She's got a twinkle in her eye thats just unbe-loody-lievable!

 
At 9:54 PM, Blogger Me said...

Tom Hanks is a versatile actor so am keeping my fingers crossed. I jus hope they do justice to the book and dont kill the screenplay.

 
At 11:42 PM, Anonymous Maverick said...

BB
I think Tom Hanks is a pretty good choice for the role of Robert Langdon. Who else do you think will be a better fit?

Jude Law?

Russel Crowe? - He already did a math genius deciphering codes, but would look too rugged in this one, IMO.

Adrian Brody?

Harrison 'Dr.Jones' Ford - Excellent choice, IMO maybe a few years back coz I haven't seen him in recent times at all.

 
At 12:46 AM, Blogger Balaji said...

aatma, i agree. books invariably lose impact when made into movies. lets see how DVC does...

sundar, preview show ticket kedacha idhukkavadhu naan vara mudiuma paarpom :)

ram, learned only from a DVC post long ago that she's the same gal from amelie. loved her in that...

me, me hoping for the same thing :)

mav, i've mentioned my choice above, pakkaliya? my pick is liam neeson. law and brody r too young but u're right about ford. he would've been perfect a few yrs ago. and i agree with u on crowe too.

 
At 4:48 AM, Anonymous Maverick said...

Liam Neeson looks like a good fit too.

 
At 10:34 AM, Anonymous Gopi said...

Yeah, Neeson is definitely a good fit although Kurt Russell might work too. Anyone who watched Dark Blue will know what I mean. But Russell has a tendency to display a characteristic jumpiness in his performance while this role seems to require mostly an understated performance.

 
At 12:05 PM, Anonymous Gopi said...

I have listed a bunch of actors on my website who I think will be good at playing Langdon (because I can't really typecast them as I would typecast a De Niro as a gangster). Of course, it doesn't matter now since Hanks is in :)

 
At 3:12 PM, Anonymous Shwetha said...

BB, you asked me who'd be my choice. You probably wont agree to this, but Richard Gere or Harrison Ford are the ones that come to my mind.

 
At 3:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh! Liam Neeson would be perfect!.. I couldnt recollect who he was when you mentioned his name. When I googled and realized who you were talking about. You are damn right, he'd be perfect in this role.. sigh.
Shwetha

 
At 7:59 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

gopi, nice collection. will patton, bruce campbell, chris cooper and michael biehn r not known well enuf for such a high-profile book. and i think viggo just doesn't have that learned look. but dennis quaid and kurt russell might make good Langdons :)

shwetha, i feel gere is too 'soft' for the role. glad u agree on liam neeson. he has the intellectual look but could pass as an action star too.

 
At 5:19 PM, Blogger Babs said...

Balaji,
I think Liam Nelson might be too tall n stronger build for that role. I cant think anybody else who wud fit betta than our man Hank (two time Oscar Winner), I know its kinda hard to convince someone who already dont like him :-). But you r right he might not be as perfect as Hopkins as Hannibal (Intellectual).
I mean think Liam with Disney Mickey watch ;-) in his hands, or like Balaji said Dennis Quaid or even Ralph Fiennes (who's is in all the movies lately like Jude was last year..lol) wud be good.

 

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