This movie was surprisingly good. It has a thought provoking story and while you think the movie is going to be about Paul Bettany, it ends up being about something entirely different. Though he is the main person at first, other stories are added and the focus is taken off of him. I haven't seen many movies do that. They made you believe he wasn't important until his time had come to do something good or to reveal something we didn't know. Although the conversation between De Gues and Bettany at the end of the movie was rather tiresome at somepoints, I higly enjoyed the camera movement and editing. De Gues would be speaking and the camera would cut to another angle of him and he would just be staring at Bettany, but his voice still continued. Very eery, considering the nature of his character. DeFoe was a very enjoyable character, but what impressed me overall about the film... was the imagery.
Strange scenes depicting the preperation and lives of the actors. Though the scenes seemed meaningless, they held an intriguing peculiarity about them.
Also, the woman who was accused for the murder did an amazing job at acting without having ot speak. I was actually moved by her silence.
I could see why The DaVinici could got Bettany to play that crazy monk, because he just looks so befitting in a black robe.