Reviews, Please

Anybody see The Da Vinci Code yet? We would appreciate your thoughts regarding the well-publicized movie.

If you want some thoughts from seminary professors regarding it, check this out.

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4 thoughts on “Reviews, Please

  1. I have no intention of seeing the move. This is not simply a work of fiction, it is a work of lies about Biblical theology. I have better things to do with my time and money than go to a movie promoting bald-faced lies about Jesus.

  2. I saw it on opening day. I also read the book a while ago. Didn’t really like either. Not especially for the bad theology (although it is certainly bad), because I don’t go to movies to get my theology (basically a repeat of my reasons on seeing ‘V for Vendetta’). I didn’t like it for a different reason.

    In the book each chapter begins with a new puzzle, at which the characters all react like, “This is impossible. We’ll never solve this.” Then, in two pages they managed to figure it out, but are left with a new problem, “Oh no, we’ll never get this.” Repeat, etc. It got pretty repititious, plus some of the puzzles are just lame. Does it really take a long time to figure out something is written backwards and can be read with a mirrow?

    The movie isn’t as bad in that sense because they shortened the time to figure stuff out. But it still drags. Two and a half hours, and you’re not really excited at any point.

    As for changes in the movie. From what I remember in the book Tom Hanks’ character totally bought into the church conspiracy thing of Teabing. Not so in the movie. Tom Hanks actually made some arguments against the conspiracy theory, although he must believe it by the end. Also, Teabing makes a point to say that Opus Dei is not bad, just some of the members.

    Either way, I wasn’t especially impressed with either. The book definately kept me turning the pages, although I groaned much of the time. The movie takes a lot less time to get through, but it’s not that good of movie. Pick your poison.

    I’d also like to point interested people to the seminary’s discussion on the issue. They cover stuff that is applicable to the Da Vinci Code, but also talks about any of the ‘new’ gospels and about the canon in general and early beliefs about Christ.

  3. I’ve seen it last Thrusday in a packed theater of Paris. I had to, in a way, since I give conferences on the DVC in churches and elsewhere.
    It lasts 2 hours and a half, but I did not get bored. This lenght is due to the fact they’ve followed pretty closely the book, including in its long developments on Jesus and the Bible. As Scott already mentioned, Langdon (Tom Hanks) is much more skeptical in the movie than he is in the book. I alos found that they try to be more respectful about Jesus than Dan Brown, but it’s always along the “oh, yes, what a great guy he was and he still can influence us today” line.

    Other than that, I need to say I have surprised by Hanks and Tautou: I had doubts concerning their habilties to be a credible Langdon and Neveu, but they do a fairly good job. And, if you are into all those old things, there are some very nice views of the Louvre, Paris (including my neighborhood), London and Scotland. I do not see how this movie could not be good for tourism.
    It is also a very international movie, with lots of French and British English (and some Spanish) besides American English.

    How people react to the movie? It was boohed in Cannes and I have not read so far a single postive review in French newspapers, besides that, basically every magazine has had an article on how terrible and inaccurate Brown’s thesis are (at least, respect for scolarship is still a value here). This, of course, does not prevent the movie to be a real success. Now, what I found interesting is that people were laughing (yes, laughing) when Neveu discovers she is Jesus’ descendant. As we were leaving the theater, a guy from a church was giving tracts inviting people to an “anti-DVC” conference. I heard a young woman say ” why do they do that? It’s not like people are going to believe this is true!!”. I thought it was interesting.

    Should you see it? Well, it’s your money and your choice, but at least you should be informed and ready to answer questions your friends might ask.Personnaly, and in my own cultural context, I consider the DVC to be one of the most effective
    evangelistic opportunity I have ever had. Thank you again, Dan!!!

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