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.

8 Comments:

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.

J.

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...

yep,

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"

J.

11:21 PM  
Blogger Jerusalemcop said...

let me know if you want to borrow it.

J.

1:39 PM  

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