Da Vinci Code

What Is It?

Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) is a Harvard professor and world renowned expert on religious symbols. When a Curator at the famous Louvre gallery is found shot, and having arranged himself with blood as Da Vinci’s “Vitruvian Man”, Langdon is called in to help police. Soon, the police are joined by there own symbol expert Sophie Neveu (French actress Audrey Tautou ). Sophie, with a keen cell phone trick, informs Langdon that the police do not want his help, but in fact, he is their prime suspect.

The two, Langdon and Sophie, escape the police, then start on a quest to find out who killed the Curator, who happens to be Sophie’s estranged grandfather. When she was a child, he played games with her using codes and symbols. Now a string of them were left to start her and Langdon on a quest to find the Holy Grail of Christ. They need to solve the mystery before the police catch up with them, and before the albino monk from the ultra conservative Opus Dei kills them, like he killed the Curator.

How Was It?

Though most book snobs are going to hate it, The Da Vinici Code movie is much better than it’s source material. . The book describes the main character, Robert Langdon, in a way that would make you think of Harrison Ford, going so far as to describe him as “Indian Jones in a Tweed Jacket”. The stark contrast between that type of character and Tom Hanks, who plays Langdon in the film, will be troubling for many of the books fans. A story has to change to make the leap from book to film, but adaptations like a claustrophobic Tom Hanks, instead of Dan Brown‘s first choice, were just great. The acting is good, the script is methodical but punchy when it needs too be and the point is not over emphasized. In fact, when the movie’s Leigh Teabing’s (given the truthful voice of a “Good Wizard” by Ian McKellen ) is presenting his “proofs” about Constantine, Gnostic Gospels and Jesus being voted into divinity by the council of Nicene, it’s not as Joe Friday as the book. Instead, as he presents the info, Langdon gives a volley of healthy skepticism and almost snickers at the old man’s insistence on fringe history. Director Ron Howard and Screen Writer Akiva Goldsman seem to realize, what Brown doesn’t, that a point can be made, but over making can actually hurt it. All the pseudo history is not the point of this movie. (Even though fighting the pseudo history is a point that many Christian Ministries are using to get big sales of there own books.)

Not only is this movie more even handed then the book, the clues on the treasure hunt are scaled back to the one’s that make sense. For example, when the grave of the knight is the revealed, you don’t need a PhD in history to know “Hey, that is the right answer.”

There are also other nice touches like character development, and real suspense, instead of just saying “The answer is… oh never mind, I’ll tell you after lunch”

Is It Good For Children?

Most adults are going to be made a bit squeamish by the self punishing monk who whips himself while naked shown on screen) and puts chain chokers on his leg to share in the sufferings of Christ. There are also many glimpses of bloody faces, discussions and flashbacks of deaths and murders, and a brief religious sex ritual. (The latter becomes an aside, instead of the major point it is in the book.) Most kids will just be freaked out, and if not, they will get to contend with……

You can check screenit.com for a compleat breakdown of images on the screen.

What About Spiritual Issues?

Here is the crux of the film. But it’s not the proof of the Gnostic gospels, it’s not the idea that Constantine didn’t really ever convert to Christianity or anything else that you read in sensational pseudo histories. In this movie all that information is given it’s proper place. It’s just there to swirl around and offer “Reasonable Doubt” to bring you to the final conversation between Langdon and Sophie.

He explains that all we know from history is that Jesus was a great man, and we have no historical proof of anything more. This is offered as the reasonable alternative to all the wild conspiracy theories presented throughout the film. This is, of course, one of the biggest historical lies of the movie. (The non-Christian Jewish histories do not say Jesus was a man or a fraud but a Wizard who had powers and falsely attributed them to God.)

Then there is the following lie, which goes further, and becomes more destructive…”All that matters is what YOU believe”. Langdon himself once found some comfort in believing in Jesus, but ultimately, whatever makes someone feel good, is what they need to believe. If that is that Jesus is God, then that’s fine, but if that is that Jesus was just a great man and social orchestrator, then that’s fine too.

This is the lie about Jesus; that you can just decide for yourself who He is and that’s fine. The truth, is however, that Jesus is who He is, it’s not up to you to decided. It’s only up to you to accept or reject. This is the truth that the movie denies.

A lot of Christians are saying this movie is great anyway because it starts a conversation. I don’t think there will be a lot of them for 2 reasons.

1 Despite my best efforts, most people don’t like to “think” about movies and 2 The film pretends to present both sides of the conversation, so there’s nothing more to be said. Some one leaving the theater will think they know that Jesus is just a historical guy and what ever you want to believe about him is fine, so there is NOTHING to discus.

What Is Your Recommendation.

It’s not worth all the fuss. As entertainment it’s good, but it should (and mean’s too) offend anyone who believes in the true historical Jesus of the Bible. So that kills the entertainment value for me.

Is it worth checking out to counter it’s evil claims? Maybe. If you know people who are talking about it’s claims, then grab a debunking book (I suggest The Da Vinci Code: Fact or Fiction: by Hank Hanegraaff & Paul L. Maier – The First half debunks the poor history of the DVC book and the second half explains historical Christianity. It’s short but informative) and see the movie. But when you talk to people, stick the important issue like the movie does…. Who Is Jesus!

Hey, you could always stay home, rent “Lady Killers” and watch a great comedy (with too much cussing to completely recommend) where Tom Hanks sides with the wisdom of man against the truth of God and (spoiler) God smites him for it!

One Last Thought:

There is a list given of reasons destroying Christianity would be a good idea.

One of these reasons in Christian’s suppression of women.

The stated solution: Romantisized Temple Prostitution!

For get all the Da Bunking Code books, Pick up “Amy Carmichael: Let The Little Children Come” and find out how swell temple prostitution really is, and read about Amy Carmichael, the Christian Woman who took girls away from there opportunity to be worshiped as the Divine Feminine.

Amy Carmichael

Lois Dick

The Da Vinci Code

Hank Hanegraaff

The Ladykillers

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