the one thing necessary

By Diogenes (articles ) | May 17, 2006

In his Variety magazine review, Todd McCarthy is rough on the film version of The Da Vinci Code, and the crew that "conspired to drain any sense of fun out of the melodrama, leaving expectant audiences with an oppressively talky film.." But he does show respect for the best-selling novel by Dan Brown.

Or does he?

McCarthy certainly found the novel fascinating. He explains:

It's esoteric, heady stuff, made compelling only by the fact that what it's proposing undermines the fundamental tenants of Christianity, especially Roman Catholicism, and, by extension, Western Civilization for the past 2,000 years.

Please note the word "only" in that sentence. It's not the serpentine plot that sold 40+ million copies of the novel. It's not the cardboard characters or the stilted dialogue or the bumbling rush toward an implausible conclusion. The only reason The Da Vinci Code has commanded public attention is its attack on Christian orthodoxy. Or, if you prefer, its attack on Western civilization.

Lenin predicted that when the time came for their hanging, capitalists would happily sell rope to their executioners. Variety, the trade publication of the Hollywood set, grasps the principle.

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  • Posted by: - May. 23, 2006 9:03 AM ET USA

    I hope everyone remembers it is fiction so by the very nature of the genre only an imagined world of untruth.

  • Posted by: Vincit omnia amor - May. 18, 2006 1:18 PM ET USA

    "Sir Ian [McKellen-actor] accused the "powerful" people condemning The Da Vinci Code movie of snobbery towards cinema-goers...said he thought the Catholic Church would like the film's central idea, that Jesus married Mary Magdalene, because it offered proof that Jesus was not gay."

  • Posted by: - May. 18, 2006 11:21 AM ET USA

    Is Lenin part of the Magisterium? His brother Groucho qualifies.

  • Posted by: - May. 18, 2006 10:00 AM ET USA

    Do you suppose the speculation that Hell is directly beneath Hollywood could be credible?

  • Posted by: - May. 18, 2006 1:21 AM ET USA

    I have long asked how posters are able to originate these strings, but this time, you said what I would have. This movie could have been "Raider's of the Lost Ark", but a deep hatred by the Secular Progressives (forget that Howard and Hanks both claim to be of a certain religious persuasion, and no I'm not talking Scientology) of Christianity ruins the fun. The bottom line to them is that they have created fiction of to combat a Bible they see as equally fictional. I pray for Hollywood.

  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - May. 17, 2006 9:23 PM ET USA

    The book was poor literature, hamstrung by lengthy, preachy monologues. So we should be surprised that the movie is a dog, hamstrung by lengthy, preachy monologues by talking heads more accustomed to being marooned on desert islands or sitting on park benches talking about lemon-filled chocolates?

  • Posted by: rpp - May. 17, 2006 5:16 PM ET USA

    I read the interview on Fox. Their reviewer desperately wanted it to be a great movie He called it great despite having to repeatedly apologize for sub-par acting, poor writing, bad direction, etc. Near the climax where some great revelation is made, a serious moment, caused the film critics at Cannes to laugh, "for a long time". When a reviewer keeps using the phrase "it's great despite...", there is some wishful thinking happening. It will be popular, but seemingly not because it is good.

  • Posted by: - May. 17, 2006 5:14 PM ET USA

    'fundamental tenants'??? Should I take this guy seriously?

  • Posted by: - May. 17, 2006 3:42 PM ET USA

    The words of Lenin ring too true for the victims of 9-11 considering that Ben-Laden was originally trained and supplied by our government to fight the Soviet Union in Afghanistan.