Director: Ron Howard
I make a point of not seeing any previews or commercials of movies I’m about to see. Sometimes it’s a little more difficult like with the film adaptation of Dan Brown's 2003 churchspiracy mind-blower The Da Vinci Code. Here you have news papers dedicating twenty page pullouts and the CBC having hours and hours of church talk. It was the former that hooked me. Any time a religious nut foams at the mouth for me not to do something I’ll be in the front of the line. Now having seen it I wonder why they care?
There was concern it made the church out to hate women. Hint, it’s wasn’t this movie, it was more the whole burning women thing that started it. Today the woman hating thing is carried on by refusing birth control and banning abortions. It’s the churches continued acceptance of people doing bad things in their name (queer bashing, abortion doctor killing) that is earning them the bad rap. See, that sort of thing should have the church up in arms but instead their panties are in a twist over a ‘beach read’ book turned movie.
Yes, the story takes a pinch of truth mixed with an intriguing dose of fantasy but so does the popular version of the Bible. The church coming out so strongly against this film only makes it more believable. Hype and hoo-ha aside, it’s a decent Indiana Jones meets Name of the Rose blockbuster worth the price of admission.