Just watched the Da Vinci Code today (tks, Sony Ericsson), and I thought it was a pretty good movie.
“Heresy!” I can hear someone shouting from the pews.
Come off it, fellow believers. When I finished the Dan Brown book, I thought it was a pile of blasphemous trash.
And it is, wholly and thoroughly.
Brown’s research was not only full of holes, the writing style lacked good pacing and pizazz. People who thought it was a good book obviously don’t read enough. If you want to know more about the Knights Templars in fiction, read Foucault’s Pendulum by Umberto Eco. I just finished Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman, a little trashy but otherwise a fun and touching book.
What I cannot believe is the outrage by churches and them trying to stop the release of the movie.
Are you telling me that your sermons over the years have been so ineffective that your flock will believe a fictional book over the Bible? That’s the really outrageous bit.
Non-believers being led astray? With divine predestination and foreknowledge at work, there is nothing that can stop one of God’s chosen from being chosen. The people who want to believe in Brown’s book are often those who already want to disbelieve in Christ in any way possible.
If they can point to a bestselling book – however insiduously written – as the reason for not believing in Christ, then they’re really missing the point.
Okay, maybe it’s because I had a good Christian education in Leng Kwang Baptist Church but I believe it’s more that my faith in God is formed from experience, trials and understanding of what He has shown me. I know Jesus lives, and it’s because I can see Him working in people’s lives.
Or maybe because I’m not Catholic 😛 I’m Protestant, and there’s a reason why I protest against Rome and the Vatican. Any Protestant who enters St Peter’s cathedral will know why we believe in our doctrine and the Word.
But back to the movie: It is much better paced than the book, and the cinematography is great. In fact, Da Vinci Code should have been a movie first, and book adaption later.
But what on earth is with Tom Hank’s ugly hair? Audrey Tautou sounded plastic and always looked out of place in the film. Ian McKellen was his usual Gandalf persona.
The best actor in the film, I felt, was Alfred Molina as Archbishop Aringarosa.
This man has eyebrows that can carry an entire film by themselves, and his eyes! His eyes!