Friday, May 19, 2006
The Davinci Code
Below is my review of the movie The Davinci Code. I already had some thoughts on the subject before going to see it.
1) I honestly think the estimates that the book is the 2nd best selling book (next to the Bible) is both ironic and ficticious. I believe certain books have a peak. What do I mean? I think somewhere around 25 million copies and books start to saturate the market to the point of untrackable readership. At around 25 million ... you have to start getting pirated copies, a tremendous used and resale market etc, etc ... Now, I can believe that 40 million people have read The Davinci Code but I just can't seem to grasp that 40 million copies have been sold of the book. I think this is hype by an extreme left wing that would love nothing more than to claim that a book that discredits the Bible, is the next best seller TO the Bible.
2) The thing that most distresses me about people who I talk to that have read it will tell you, "it's fiction", but will turn right around and say, "it does seem plausible" or my favorite, "it makes you think". It is well written no doubt ...but not even remotely scientific or remotely plausible. It's mix of fact and fiction is a completely new way of telling a story. The book takes from "conspiracy truth" and adds a conspiracy then centers around real locations and real events.
3) It will be interesting to see if there's a Mac somewhere in the movie ;-)
I had not read the book in full so a few of the plot elements were certainly unknown to me.
If I were to give this a star rating ... I'd give it a 6.5 out of 10. If you are easily offended or a Bible scholar ... you will most likely give it lower. I admittedly know the Bible pretty well. I also know biblical history reasonably well. The disservice that this rewriting of history does to Constantine in particular is nothing short of defamation ... if Constantine had descendants alive ... maybe they should consider a lawsuit.
In case you hadn't heard from a friend. The basic premise is that Jesus was married to Mary Magdelene and he consumated just before his crucifiction. Mary had a daughter named Sarah ... and thus a bloodline of Jesus continues to the modern age.
There were quite a number of computers in the film ... interesting that none of them were Apple Computers ... interesting because the "code centers around the word Apple".
I haven't much cared for Ron Howard as a director, he doesn't know how to frame a shot well ... especially quick movement. I don't like jerky cameras.
I don't see this movie doing as well as anticipated because it truly is so offensive and the story is so far out there ... I'm almost positive it won't do as well as Hollywood hoped. I truly see now that this film and this book were agenda based.
I live in South Carolina. As you might expect ... there's always a redneck nearby. As the movie ended, one guy exclaimed:
"I dawn git it!"