Saw The Da Vinci Code in a closed industry screening today at Sony Pictures. The first thought that went through my mind as it faded to black at the end was that it was a “pleasant disappointment”. The first 30 minutes are agonizingly slow, and I completely understand the first wave of criticism from the Cannes Film Festival that for a suspense thriller, it just doesn’t cut it.
The film is really too convoluted to be clear for most people, which is why I really don’t think the fears of church leaders will be realized. I have a Ph.D. in Theology and I had a tough time with the twists and turns, so I think most people will walk away dumbfounded. It’s just too much information to cram into a film – even a long one like this.
Of course, there’s the “wacky albino killer” stalking everybody – and I should say the albino community is very upset about this depiction. Needless to say, it’s so out of touch with real scholarship and history that anyone with any knowledge at all of the faith will think they’ve seen a parody.