Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Da Vinci You Know What

I thought the book was a good thriller. It made nice use of puzzles. It made good use of religion, including wild religious conspiracy theories.

I think it's the addition of the religion angle that has made the book a monster hit. The book paints an alternate history of Christianity that is obviously attractive to a contemporary audience. Jesus becomes more of a man, and a non-virginal "sacred feminine" gets rewritten into Christian history.

We saw the movie with a friend who had not read the book. She really liked the move and found it thought provoking. Marsha and I found the movie a bit less thrilling, but that was partly because we already knew all the secrets and twists.

Do I have to believe this story
When it tells me that the Templars
Really were exemplars
Of dedicated glory?

Or were they simply gory
Guys who trampled
Lives to build their ample


Ergo Sum said...

Yeah... I watched the highly censored, and disclaimered version of "The Da Vinci Code" yesterday.

And similar to your situation, I read had read the book, and I went with a friend who hadn't read the book but liked the movie much more than I did.

I didn't like anyone's acting in the movie.

Also, the audacious, preposterous claim in the climax of the book looks so ridiculously contrived when it is picturized in the movie. In other words, while reading the book, one is free to imagine one's own idealized version of the "living sang real"... but in the movie, when you are given the whole image and physicality of the character, and then asked to accept the claim of the "sang real" being *this*, I think its harder to accept without feeling an urge to ridicule.

JohnJEnright said...

Great points!

The acting didn't seem to "gel" to me. There were interesting performances, but they didn't seem to quite belong in the same universe to me.