First, let me say that I loved the book! I read it about 2 1/2 years ago when the book was just picking up steam. I obviously didn’t agree with the “Facts” of the book, but the story was engaging and I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next. Dan Brown is a gifted writer who has a knack for writing books about conspiracy theories.
So I saw the movie on Saturday night. While I thought the movie was OK, I felt as though Ron Howard removed all the teeth that the book had and it left you with nothing of controversy to challenge what you believe.
I thought the first 30 minutes of the movie were the best. It was all downhill from there. What I liked was seeing a lot of things that I had imagined while reading the book. What I didn’t like is how the message of the movie was completely watered down. The conspiracy theory of the book was riveting and exciting. But the movie was bland to put it mildly.
Honestly, they make the whole divinity of Jesus a fabrication of the church. Yet they worship Mary Magdalene. This doesn’t make sense. If they are claiming Jesus was just a man, they why worship his wife? The only thing that would make their offspring special is if there was something special about Him.
They also focused on the fact that the church (Particularly the Catholic Church) has always sought to oppress women in general. Hello? I grew up Catholic and remember being taught to pray to Mary. Mary is revered as the coredemptrix with Jesus in some Catholic circles. So that line of reasoning doesn’t make sense.
Anyway, the movie will be lame for those that didn’t read the book. I kind of enjoyed it because I had the read the book and was able to fill in their major gaps with the book. 2 stars…