“The DaVinci Code,” Ron Howard's splendid adaptation of Dan Brown's controversial novel and the Holy Grail of summer blockbusters, opens Friday, July 21 at the Smith Opera House.
“The DaVinci Code” whips along with the same page-turner speed as the novel. Tom Hanks stars as Robert Langdon, a Harvard professor of symbology, in Paris to give a lecture. To his surprise, he's implicated in the murder of a highly respected curator at the Louvre who, in his dying moments, has managed to leave behind a cryptic message that's somehow tied to Leonardo daVinci.
The film is a crackling rendition of Brown's novel, siphoning off unneeded fat and fancy and leaving a streamlined train of a picture that never stops moving. It ends not with a bang but a question: Could Jesus Christ have been the divine son of God and led a fully human life, fathering a child?
“The DaVinci Code” will be screened beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, July 21, Saturday the 22nd, Monday the 24th and Tuesday the 25th and at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 23. It is rated PG-13 and has a running time of 2-1/2 hours. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens and are available at the door.