Ron Howard has inspired millions, from his portrayal of lovable Opie Taylor to his work as director on many of the finest films of our era, but Opie has missed the mark with The Da Vinci Code.
The book The Da Vinci Code was originally promoted as a work of historical fiction. That would have been fine, but then Dan Brown changed his story and in interviews began asserting that it is a true history. Unfortunately, Brown seems to have done the equivalent of Googling his research and not gone any deeper than to throw in any “documents” that substantiate his conspiracy theory.
I had planned to read the book when it was fiction, but as soon as Brown started claiming it was fact, I determined not to buy it until it went to paperback – on sale! I just spent my $4.97 on the book last week at WalMart and laughed my way through the first half. I am no scholar, but I am a bit of a history and art buff, and even I can find countless holes in his book the size of large boulders.
Then I got to the second half, and I wasn’t laughing anymore. The book became so repugnant at that point and so tedious in pushing the “sacred feminine” vs. the “evil Christian” angle that it became laborious just to finish it.
Brown claims Jesus was a mortal, a good man but not divine, and that his “marriage” to Mary Magdalene produced offspring that survive today. He bases much of his “research” on some papers that were “uncovered” in Paris (proven to be a hoax and the work of a con man), as well as the Coptic Gospels and Dead Sea Scrolls which were not included in the Holy Bible for many reasons, none of which he actually documents. His main point is that Christianity is more or less a contrived religion that has “demonized” the worship of the “sacred feminine” so that men can be dominant, and this has produced all the ills of this world.
The book and reportedly the movie as well are full of false claims including: Jesus and Mary Magdalene were man and wife; there were 80 gospel accounts of Christï¿½s life; the Roman emperor Constantine gave us the New Testament; and the divinity of Jesus and much of the New Testament are inventions of fourth-century church leaders at the Council of Nicea.
Yawn. I will be so glad when it is not PC to demonize Christianity. This stuff grows tiresome. Where Brown sees an M in Da Vinci’s “The Last Supper,” I see a reclining K. Perhaps that is Da Vinci’s secret message to me not to waste my time on the movie and to take a nap instead.
Note: The Da Vinci Code has spawned a host of books that explore and debunk the mythology of Dan Brown. They are probably well worth the money you would have wasted on tickets and popcorn to see the movie.