I watched this movie a few days ago as it was required on a subject — it was like making a time-warp to the Middle/Dark Ages. The Name Of The Rose is based on Umberto Eco’s book of the same title and stars Sean Connery as William of Baskerville and Christian Slater as…the apprentice. I don’t know how to spell his name; I know how it’s pronounced. Wait…ah, Adso of Melk. Thank you, IMDb, what would we do without you. In case you’re wondering who that hot Latina is, that’s Valentina Vargas (she’s old now and…not as hot as she was in the movie, I think).
William is an unorthodox monk with a secret past who takes pride in and is known for his intellectual acuity. He, along with his young and beautiful apprentice Adso, is summoned to an isolated abbey to investigate the mysterious deaths that were occurring there. Yep, it’s a detective movie set in the Middle Ages when the Church felt like they own the world.
I haven’t read the book but as a movie in itself, I think it stands up pretty well and straight. The idea of a secret library (oops, minor spoiler) is just so medieval, it’s perfect. During those times, books were prized possessions — owners would go as far as to chain their books the their tables. And the idea of a movie revolving around the protection of books — knowledge, in general — is wonderful. Weirdly exciting, even. I especially enjoyed the Sherlock-Watson-ish relationship between William and Adso. And how Sean Connery’s voice reminded me of Professor Layton and Luke.
Watch The Name Of The Rose here and enjoy.