Saturday, May 27, 2006

What Is Important Is What You Believe

Have you seen it yet? My sister entered my parents house last Sunday with rave reviews of this much anticipated movie.

So, last night, when Mike and I could not get into the last showing of the latest X-Men movie, we decided to see the controversial flick, "The DaVinci Code."

I, for one, would have preferred Harrison Ford as Robert Langdon, if only because Professor Langdon is likened to Harrison Ford in the novel. Tom Hanks was an OK Langdon though. Sophie Neveu was portrayed by Audrey Tautou. Fabulous, I though, and very cute. Alfed Molina was an awful choice for Bishop Aringarosa. I was only waiting for long mechanical arms to sproud from his spine (per Spiderman 2). Ian McKellen as Sir Leigh Teabing was nicely done. Good choice. Jean Reno was strong Captain Fache and I really liked his character.

Finally, we have dear Silas. How was Paul Bettany in the role? Fabulous. When he lunged from the shadows my body involuntarily leaped from my cushy black chair. I also "about crushed" Mike's hand. Though, when Silas was flogging himself, I could barely look at the screen.

"The DaVinci Code" was too long for it's own good. I was not held captive in the proverbial clutches of the film. "Well, you knew what was going to happen," argues Mike. Yes, indeed I did. I have also read every Harry Potter book and seen every Harry Potter movie. I know the end of the story before I ever begin the film, yet I am glued to my seat.

The cinemetography and special effects were quite satifsatory. I very much liked the scene when Langdon and Neveu were walking towards Sir Issac Newton's tomb and were surrounded by ghosts of past--by the attendees of Newton's funeral.

Now to delve for a moment into the heart of the story. The movie and book, both, are chockerblock full of complete rubbish. There are far too many examples of stretches of fiction to write. I, personally, (and perhaps wrongly) went to the movie for my own entertainment while my significant other went in order to educate himself so that he may, if ever required, properly defend truth. I'm not here to discuss what Opus Dei actually is. I'm not here echo Sophie Neveu's comment that "just because Da Vinci painted it doesn't make it true." All that is discussed in a million other website, books, newsletters, and churches throughout the world.

"What is important is what you believe." And I believe that you should see "The DaVinci Code" but wait until it comes out on DVD. Better yet, wait until they abridge it for TNT.

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