Putting aside all the hubbub various Christian groups (particularly the Catholics) are having over the content of the film, it seems it’s not being well received by audiences or critics:
At a screening late on Tuesday in Cannes, members of the audience laughed at the thriller’s pivotal moment, and the end of the $125 million picture was greeted with stony silence.
Trade publication Variety had barely a nice word to say.
“A pulpy page-turner in its original incarnation as a huge international bestseller has become a stodgy, grim thing in the exceedingly literal-minded film version of The Da Vinci Code,” wrote Todd McCarthy.
Lee Marshall of Screen International agreed.
“I haven’t read the book, but I just thought there was a ridiculous amount of exposition,” he told Reuters.
“I thought it was plodding and there was a complete lack of chemistry between Audrey Tautou and Tom Hanks.”
I did think that Ian McKellen’s comment on the controversy was pretty funny:
“I’m very happy to believe that Jesus was married,” he said. “I know the Catholic Church has problems with gay people and I thought this would be absolute proof that Jesus was not gay.”
Given the popularity of the book and all the noise being made by upset Christians the movie will probably still end up doing relatively well at the box office, certainly better than it sounds like it should, but the studios won’t be happy that it’s not a huge mega-blockbuster seeing as the last two blockbusters that have been released (MI:III and Poseidon) haven’t exactly broken any box office records.