Da Vinci Book and Film: Which is Worse?

Some reviewers of The Da Vinci Code film, including The Associated Press and Jim Davila, claim that it went out of his way to soften some of the book’s factual errors. Greg Wright of Hollywood Jesus takes the opposite view:

“[Reportedly] Ron Howard’s movie ‘subtly softens’ the material of Dan Brown’s book. The Associated Press couldn’t have it more wrong…

“Yes, Tom Hanks’ Robert Langdon does find some new dialogue in his mouth courtesy of screenwriter Akiva Goldsman, words that at least play devil’s advocate with Ian McKellen’s Leigh Teabing. But in the end, the cinematic Langdon becomes much more of a true believer than does his literary counterpart…

“[The] film portrays Opus Dei and the ‘shadow council’ of the Vatican as really being in cahoots, really conspiring to kill people in the name of God, really trying to supress intellectual inquiry, really turning its back on truth and righteousness. In short, Ron Howard turns the Catholic Church into a genuine villain…

“Most importantly, the film invests significant energy in validating the Magdalene myth. While in Brown’s book Marie Chauvel basically leaves the existence of the Sangreal documents and Magdalene’s bones to the world’s imagination, Howard has Langdon and Neveu discover plenty of material evidence to back up the claim…

“Where’s the mystery that feeds the soul? Where’s the adventure? You’ll have to find it in the book, I’m afraid. There’s no codebreaking here, just polemic.”

That’s being rather generous to the book, but whatever. Da Vinci is a wreck no matter how you look at it.

2 thoughts on “Da Vinci Book and Film: Which is Worse?

  1. Hello Loren, <>Here is the key to understanding what the Vatican truly fears…<>So, the DaVinci Code novel is better than the movie. Both are no more accurate as <>literal<>history than the New Testament. In other words, none of them is the <>literal<> truth, which is a key fact of the story and ancient history. The primary sub-plot is about symbology being used to encode hidden meanings, <>exactly like the Bible and related texts.<> Arguing about whether the DaVinci Code or the Bible are accurate history is designed to direct your inquiry away from the truth of the matter.There is a foolproof way to verify the truth and expose religious deceptions. It is the common thread connecting the ancient Hebrews, Jews, Gnostics, Cathars, Templars, Dead Sea Scrolls, DaVinci Code, and others that were targets of Rome’s evil machinations. What the Vatican and its secret society cohorts don’t want you to understand is that the ancient Hebrew symbology in all of these texts purposely encodes and exposes the truth about them. Furthermore, the structure of ancient symbology verifiably encodes the rules to decode messages built with it. <>This is what they most fear you will discover.<>It is undeniable the New Testament is framed by ancient Hebrew symbolism and allegory. The same is evidenced in the Dead Sea Scrolls, Gnostic texts, biblical apocrypha, DaVinci Code, and other related texts. All ancient religious, mystical, and wisdom texts have been shrouded in mystery for millennia for one primary reason: The ability to understand their widely evidenced symbology was lost in antiquity. How do we finally solve these ages-old mysteries? To recast an often-used political adage: < HREF="http://www.geocities.com/sevenstarhand/preface.html" REL="nofollow">It’s [the] symbology, stupid!<>It is amazing the Vatican still tries to insist the Gospels are <>literal<> truth. It is beyond obvious they are replete with ancient Hebrew symbology. Every miracle purported for Jesus has multiple direct symbolic parallels in other symbolic narratives and traditions. This is the secret held by the ancient Gnostics, Templars, and Cathars, which is presented with dramatic effect in the DaVinci Code. None of these narratives or stories were ever intended as the <>literal<> truth. Likewise, the following Washington Post article (< HREF="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/03/04/AR2006030401369.html" REL="nofollow">The Book of Bart<>) describes the many embellishments made to the New Testament over the centuries, demonstrating it is not original, infallible, or truthful. What then is the purpose of “faith” but to keep good people from seeking to understand truth and wisdom? It’s no wonder the Vatican fears the truth more than anything else. Now comes justice, hot on its heels… (symbolism…)< HREF="http://www.geocities.com/sevenstarhand/summary.html" REL="nofollow">Revelations from the Apocalypse <>

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