Monday, May 22, 2006

Defining Success

Everyone I have spoken to who has seen The Da Vinci Code didn't like it. The reviews have been equally as damning. This however, didn't stop the movie taking $77 million from its opening weekend.

Movies though tend to decline rapidly after the opening weekend once word of mouth gets out.

Even if this movie makes $300 million-plus does that make it any good? With its big name cast and crew and massive amount of publicity wasn't it a shoo-in to make that much?

On the flip-side, there are great films out there which are ignored or overlooked because their box office is not so good.

By the time the heart of the summer comes, I predict Da Vinci Code will be long forgotten. Not even Tom Hanks and his hair can redeem it.

Next week you have X-Men 3 coming out and in June comes Click, Devil Wears Prada, Superman Returns, Pirates of the Caribbean 2, Cars and Miami Vice just to name a few.

Book adaptations are never easy and when you have the subject matter that Da Vinci Code has it is only more tricky.


Blogger kasamba said...

Well, the book was no great shakes- so how cab the movie be better?
I have just seen possibly the worst movie in cinema history- Mission Impossible 3.
Every time Tom Cruise came on screen, I kept thinking, "ugh, placenta-eater."

2:13 PM  
Blogger Jerusalemcop said...

the "only" two movies that I thing are very well done adaptations of great books are the Godfather and Shawshank.


2:56 PM  
Blogger Dot Co Dot Il said...

Kasamba - You didn't know it would be rubbish before you saw it?

JCop - You've read the novella upon which Shawshank was based?

3:30 PM  
Blogger kasamba said...

Well, I should have right?
But since Mr Kasamba will only go to a movie with a high body count, I thought it was the best 'death on a plate' movie that was on offer.
Give me a self flagglating albino monk any day.

6:12 PM  
Blogger tafka PP said...

Can't wait for Superman to return!

7:06 PM  
Blogger ifyouwillit said...

Try looking at it as a movie rather than a cover. It's always good to make the seperation when watching an adaption.

2:32 AM  
Blogger Jerusalemcop said...


I actually have the novella. It includes Shawshank, Apt Pupil and The Body (Stand By me).

I like Stephen King's none supernatural stuff better than his "horror"


11:21 PM  
Blogger Jerusalemcop said...

let me know if you want to borrow it.


1:39 PM  

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