Monday, May 22, 2006

After such reviews, what forgiveness?

You know how I said the Da Vinci Code wasn't going to be entertaining? I was wrong. I haven't watched the film, of course, but the reviews alone have handed me more laughs than all of Jim Carrey's movies. Combined.

First there was A.O. Scott in the NY Times. And now, defending his title as the snarkiest of them all here's Anthony Lane's review in the New Yorker.

It's not the funniest Lane review I've read. Or even necessarily the nastiest. It's just that I love the way he doesn't even pretend that this is a movie that may deserve to be taken seriously. It's like he knows before he even buys the popcorn for the show that he's going to take it to the cleaners and he spends the entire movie just thinking up the best one-liners that he can. And boy, does he come up with some good ones. Do not read this piece as a review. Read it as what it is - a rant. And a nasty and therefore entirely enjoyable rant at that.

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12 comments:

Veena said...

Yeah, the man just redefined the word Rant. Or Mean for that matter.

Agarwaen Mormegil said...

yeah, i read the review. not very fai to the movie.
why care?
go read James Berardinelli's movie reviews. He's the most popular non-commercial movie reviewer in the net.
brilliant reviews.

Falstaff said...

Veena: I know. Don't you just love the man?

Agarwaen: Errr...I think you're missing the point. I think the review is entirely fair to the idiocy that is Da Vinci Code. Or rather, I don't see any reason why one should have to be fair to such tripe. So it's not about whether you care or not. It's about the sheer delight of the rant.

Thanks for the Berardinelli reference though. I had seen some of his reviews before. But I must start following him more often.

Dexter said...

dude, is your atom feed working fine? i cant seem to access it :(

confused said...

Ah, so now we know from where Night Falstaff has learned the art of ranting. :)

That guy is mean as hell. Such fun!

Anonymous said...

"From now on, such penance will be simple—no lashings, no spiked cuff around the thigh. Just the price of a movie ticket, and two and a half hours of pain"


- This clinched the Prize !

Cheshire Cat said...

It's not fair that the movie got such an entertaining review. It wasn't even enjoyably bad.

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grace said...

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forgiveness said...

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