Stories from the fruits and nuts of the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (Boalt Hall)
posted by Armen at 1:32 AM
DS saw it. DS liked it. The two big complaints heard about the movie were that you couldn't understand the French actress -- not true. She was fine.The second: Langdon was different in the movie than in the book. Maybe it's been so long since DS has read the book, but he couldn't pick up anything different.It's a fast-paced, action-packed movie. It lacks the intellectual stimulation and riddle-solving the book had. But it was still good. Critics missed the boat on this one.
Eh. The best thing I can say for this movie is that there's nothing horribly wrong with it. Though I complained earlier about the grossness of any potential sexual tension between Audrey Tautou and Tom Hanks, the curious lack of chemistry between them in the movie is somehow worse. It's like Hanks is her uncle or something.All in all, I'd venture that fans of the book (I'm on the fence, but leaning toward the outside of fandom) won't really get anything new from the movie, but might have fun seeing the book's improbable action sequences pulled off. As Disco Stu alluded to, the movie viewer can't get the same satisfaction the book offers because the answers come almost as fast as the questions. Also, it's pretty long. In fact, I think reading the book would be quicker. Didn't rub me the wrong way but didn't grab me either.
I pretty much agree with Mad JD. There's nothing particularly great about the film, but nothing really wrong with it either. I think if you like the book, then this is a perfectly good adaptation--though it doesn't add much. If you didn't like the book, I don't think the movie will do much for you either. Perhaps it would have been more compelling in the hands of a director with talent.The only strong statement I can really make about it is that Tom Hanks was pretty bad, at least by his standards. Not that he had much to work with, but he seemed to only have one facial expression throughout the movie--slightly perplexed. And there most definitely was ZERO chemistry between him and Audrey Tatou.At any rate, it's a perfectly good way to spend an evening, but is basically totally forgettable once you leave the theater.
I'd say the main problem was casting a puffy, aging Tom Hanks to play Langdon in first place. They should have forgotten about the big name and gotten someone in their late-thirties, sexy-but-intellectual, a Haney Lopez look-a-like shall we say.
God damn east coast... so much basketball to watch but bedtime! Arg.Doesn't Nowitski look bewildered? He looks like he's not sure why he's on the court, but then his possessed seven feet of baller hits shot after shot, furthering the befuddled look on his face.
TF,You said that the only way you're not getting an offer this summer is if you breach confidentiality. If that's the case, you should have just stayed up for the game 7s and been a zombie at work today. You're not an associate yet!
da SUCKI code was AWFUL. 2.5 hours of my life i will NEVER get back again. the worst of it was the cued "suspenseful" music... like, uh oh! this is the SUSPENSEFUL part. tom hanks and his chemically straightened hair were equally disgusting. the ONLY good thing was freaky-deaky paul bentham. but i ask you this... was he even acting?!? shivers, that dude was creepy.thank goddess i snuck into the movie and didn't give opie the eight bucks.instead, i saw akeelah and the bee. can we just say, so good. so, so, SO GOOD.
stacita, you have been posting a lot recently. don't you have a bar exam to study for???
anon 8:13 AM.i do. i do have a bar exam to study for. you've made me feel super, duper bad.but it's only the THIRD day!!!! someone should send me some yogurt park. you lucky 2Ls/3Ls so cushy in your wine-me, dine-me summer.
Wine me dine me my ass!!! I am at a firm which believes in giving you the real experience of being an associate. I work late, and will be working this evening. Its ironic really since my hours are way longer than skadden summer associates, but once we are associates, they are the ones who have to draft their documents in their own blood.Its true I saw it in the weekly world news. Skadden associates must draft documents in their own blood. Don't even ask what their partners draft documents in.
8:33 said, "Skadden associates must draft documents in their own blood. Don't even ask what their partners draft documents in."In the same thing: associate blood.
Did no one catch the "Lost" finale? Even though I missed the entire season, it still got me! It got me good.
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