The DaVinci Code IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES...
My good lady wife and I ventured off to the multiplex to see the DaVinci Code starring Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks) and that adorable, mon dieu les yeux, Amelie (Audrey Tautou).
First the good news;
Gandalf (McKellen) was fabulous and I was thrilled to watch how Opie (Director Ron Howard) brilliantly presented the power of symbols, like the swastika that the nazis stole, and the background flashbacks of historical events. The fervent madness at the Council of Nicea was my favorite scene.
However, the most disturbing part of the film was the fact that I had forgotten so much of the actual plot due to all of the accompanying controversy surrounding the book.
When you think about it the notion that Jesus and Mary had a daughter named Sarah is hardly shocking in this day and age.
But watch out, it would be pure folly to speculate upon such matters in the wrong company.
One part of the novel is absolutely true.
Any chink in the armor, any doubt whatsoever regarding the authenticity of the Bible, or any disconnect to the absolute authority of the hierarchy of the faith industry, will always be met with fierce resistence by God's Spin Doctors.
Throughout it's bloody history (pun intended) the Church has gone to hell and back in order to maintain it's power over the hearts and minds of the great unwashed.
Fortunately the Vatican officials can relax, the mirepresentation that Peter Benchley attached to Great White Sharks in Jaws will not be duplicated here on the Catholic Church by Dan Brown. These blockbusters are both purely fictional and people have very short attention spans.
Besides, I came away from the film more distressed about whether Hank's hairdo was age appropriate or not. He lost a lot of weight. That is really weird because those who know me well understand that I cherish the opportunity to debate (ad nauseum) the historical authenticity of everything from Genesii to Revelations or any other sacred texts for that matter.
Oh well, I guess that I'm just satisfied that atleast this movie gives people a chance to question what they actually know about history and religion.
Everybody believes what they want to and they always seem to get all weird about it.
I believe that most people aren't mature enough to discuss it without completely overeacting ..it's so bizarre..so personal...so irrational!
So, let sleeping dogs lie.
Sadly, I shall not enter that arena of debate, where angels fear to tread and fools rush in..not today anyway...I'm too busy trying to decide if I should grow my hair a little longer, just like Forrest er Robert Langdon.
By the way I actually liked the film (McKellen gets the Oscar nod) but I preferred the zippy novel, couldn't put it down!
I guess that the DaVinci Code phenomenon is sort of like a box of chocolates...You never know what you're going to get out of it.