Movies

So they’re making movies out of both Rent and The Da Vinci Code. Who knew? Rent has a shot at being *decent*, because the cast is mostly the original Broadway cast. So I figure if they don’t change the music at least that part will be good, even if they butcher other things. But The Da Vinci Code? It isn’t surprising that moviemakers want to capitalize on the best-selling success of the book, but I feel like it’ll be just another National Treasure. I mean, sure, the book was really a thriller on some level, but what made it interesting were the more intellectual and subtle parts, which I doubt they’ll have time to go into as much in the movie. Also, Tom Hanks is playing Robert Langdon, which somehow doesn’t seem quite right. Furthermore, Audrey Tatou is playing Sophie Whatever-her-name is. I like Audrey Tatou, and she might actually be very good for the part, but her and Tom Hanks together? Not so sure. Anyway, back to studying for finals…

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  1. crinklebat wrote:

    I read about the Rent movie a few weeks ago and got totally stoked about it. It is most of the original cast and I don’t see why they wouldn’t use the same score/book in general. There have actually been rumors about a Rent movie since at least 1998/99 (I remember reading about it in Parade) so I’m really glad it’s actually happening. I think now is as good a time as any (politically) to expose Rent’s message to a larger audience than stage musicals tend to reach…although I kind of feel like Collins’ 1337 h4x0r skillz (god, that was Collins, right? I haven’t listened to Rent since I was about 13, although my sister and I do occasionally bust into “December 24th, 9pm, eastern standard time…” and see who can go for longer without screwing up) don’t really ring true anymore. The whole reprogramming the ATM thing always bugged me. If it were that easy, we’d see it happening a lot more. I guess the whole thing kind of reeked of technophobia on some level but I guess what can one really expect of a musical about young artists. At least there was a scientist character at all.

    Dang, I didn’t know you were into Rent. I guess I’m not really surprised. I managed somehow to coerce my (older, Republican-voting) aunt and uncle into taking Leah and me to the real Life Cafe in the East Village in the summer before 8th grade (so, Leah was…9 years old). As we were leaving, there were whores everywhere and taxis nowhere. It was an amazing little tableau.

    Posted 03 Jun 2005 at 08:02

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