Saturday, May 20, 2006

DVC Review

I give it four stars. First, I like long films. Second, Ron Howard followed the book to the letter. It works. The acting was superb, especially Ian McKellan. Tom Hanks WAS Robert Langdon complete with insecurities. Tautou was mystifying as Sophie Neuvo. The only change I would have made is a bulkier albino monk, but then you hire the actors you know for the mostpart and Bettany was in house. He did a fine job as well. I've read so much about this story it's almost dizzying, mostly the process of debunking it with real history, the message seems clear to me: It's pro-faith if not pro-Christianity as it's been told.

Christians have always been sensitive to the foibles and abuses of the theology in practice. It's not wrong or incorrect to point that out in my view. As I've said, the idea that Christ was mortal is the logical choice. Only in faith can he be supernatural. The message remains as real as the man even if he couldn't fly or walk on water. That's what this story really says.

2 Comments:

Blogger The Late Mitchell Warren said...

You're the only smart person I've seen that has enjoyed that movie, Mark. Every critic in town is giving it a thumbs down.

Da Vinci Code is 2 hours of Tom Hanks running from things. That's neither blasphemous nor revelatory.

Howard seems to makes one great movie and then churn out 4 or 5 cheeseburgers. He is definitely not on the same level as other Oscar winning directors.

7:41 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

It's two and a half hours and he's running from people looking for things. That's thriller in the purest sense. Howard is good director. As with books, the public doesn't always get it. But they sure bought the hell out of DVC. Pity it was pilfered from another writer. The critics have their heads screwed on backwards on this one. Like Mikey they rarely like anything.

8:11 AM  

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