Sunday, June 25, 2006

The Da Vinci Code

S is away to Hyderabad and Bangalore and will be back tomorrow evening.
Yesterday, Soven and I went to a nice outing at Gurgaon’s Metropolitan Mall. We saw The Da Vinci Code in the afternoon at PVR’s Europa Lounge, which I thought is really plush and comfortable. (The kind of place I would love to go to see films). Our lunch was nachos and salsa, coke, corn and veg burger. I found the film pretty engaging, though the plot appears a little contrived and the novel is more complex. Perhaps it was a difficult work to film. However, the cinematography is excellent, and Audrey Tautou as Sophie Nevue is really good. This is what Ebert says about the film: “The movie works; it's involving, intriguing and constantly seems on the edge of startling revelations. After it's over and we're back on the street, we wonder why this crucial secret needed to be protected by the equivalent of a brain-twister puzzle crossed with a scavenger hunt. The trail that Robert and Sophie follow is so difficult and convoluted that it seems impossible that anyone, including them, could ever follow it. The secret needs to be protected up to a point; beyond that it is absolutely lost, and the whole point of protecting it is beside the point. Here's another question: Considering where the trail begins, isn't it sort of curious where it leads? Still, as T.S. Eliot wrote, "In my beginning is my end." Maybe he was on to something.”
After the film, we spent some time at the Om bookshop on the ground floor and bought some books including The Undercover Economist. Then it was a Triple Sundae, and we were home, much in time to do some mandatory :) surfing and watch the WC on the idiot box. Germany was unstoppable against Sweden, and I am so relieved Argentina managed to beat Mexico. It was a tough match. WC fever is catching up and it’s good fun to watch some top-notch football.
Today we saw Taxi No. 9211 (vcd at home) which I thought had a harebrained plot and was a sheer waste of time. Can’t wait to see England vs. Ecuador in the next 20 minutes.
Take care…


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