The Da Vinci Crap
I'm not going to get into all of the reasons why The Da Vinci Code is evil, wicked, and the work of the Devil. I will not discuss why it is I'll never watch another Tom Hanks movie, or attend another film directed by Ron Howard. I won't bother explaining why it is that I am very near the point of saying that I will never see another Hollywood movie. You've probably heard a lot of that in the rest of the conservative or Christian press.
I will say that it says a lot to me that this film has gotten reviews ranging from the unflattering to the awful at Cannes. Cannes film reviewers are not necessarily known to be friendly to Christianity or Christians, and the modern French have a hatred for the Church that dates back to the Revolt of 1789. If the Cannes critics are doing the Church (or all Christians in general) a favor, it is purely unintentional. Yet they tell us this is a pretty bad film. If the news reports are to be believed, there were hisses and catcalls at the movie's Cannes screening, and no applause at the end-something that is customary to give to nearly all films at the festival.
I will not see the film in the theaters, nor will I rent it at the video store, but will wait until Lawson-McGhee Library has it and check it out.
Film reviewers can be flat wrong on occasion-they murdered Gods and Generals and it was a fabulous film-but many times they are right about a film’s overall worth. Reviewers are often looking at a film’s artistic merit, not merely the plotline or the actors involved. Some of the most seasoned film critics in the world think The Da Vinci Code is a bloody awful flick, and these folks are not exactly agents of the so-called “religious right.”What this tells us is that Hollywood has an agenda beyond merely making films-many in Hollywood are out to trample on Christianity because they have decided that they don’t like it for whatever reason. You don’t see major Hollywood studios and directors out to make films that depict Islam or the Prophet Muhammed in a negative light. There is no move to make a film which try to discredit the Dalai Lama. Try and make a film to trash Judaism and you’ll have the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith on your rear, the enforcers of political correctness on a grand scale.
I don’t dispute the right of Dan Brown to write his book, of Ron Howard to make a film based on it, or Tom Hanks to play the lead in it. I even believe the film should be released, and the public should have the option to see the film if they so choose. What I see is a Hollywood double standard, however. Insulting Christianity and Christians is okay, but you won’t see Hollywood films that question other beliefs. Hollywood has a political and social agenda of its own-so much so, in fact, that Hollywood producers and directors will stoop to releasing critically terrible pieces of cinema so long as those works advance their own notions and ideas.
Hat Tip: Dennis Schenkel