Thursday, May 18, 2006

"The DaVinci Code" and "Left Behind"

For all those Christians who worked themselves into a frenzy, worrying that one action-laden work of fiction would shake the deeply held faith of is Roger Ebert's perfectly-stated film review of The DaVinci Code:

"They say The Da Vinci Code has sold more copies than any book since the Bible. Good thing it has a different ending. Dan Brown's novel is utterly preposterous; Ron Howard's movie is preposterously entertaining. Both contain accusations against the Catholic Church and its order of Opus Dei that would be scandalous if anyone of sound mind could possibly entertain them.

I know there are people who believe Brown's fantasies about the Holy Grail, the descendants of Jesus, the Knights Templar, Opus Dei and the true story of Mary Magdalene. This has the advantage of distracting them from the theory that the Pentagon was not hit by an airplane."

Read the rest of Ebert's review here.

He rates it a respectable three stars, and concludes, "The movie works; it's involving, intriguing and constantly seems on the edge of startling revelations."
Here's my question: where were all these hyper-vigilant Christians when the horribly paranoid, supremely silly, deeply flawed and biblically distorted "Left Behind" fictional books by LaHaye and Jenkins sold untold hundreds of millions of copies?

I'm always astonished when I find these trash books in church libraries.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Where was Stalin when the Berlin wall fell? The issue you speak if is just down right silly funny.
A banana compared to the figure of a pear. Silly very silly. You know not of what you speak, but only of what you read. Ignorant sevant!