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The Da Vinci Code Story

Oct 12, 2007
The Da Vinci Code probably deserves a lukewarm three stars. As with the paper back or hard cover, a major problem is that the climax of the story, the murder of the curator, occurs in the very first scene. Then the treasure hunt by the hero and heroine, including the assistance they get from the Wise Old Man, in the form of the Ian McKellan character.

Because of its changes and additions to the book's story, the movie version of The Da Vinci Code has a more mixed pagan worldview. The feminism and goddess worship from the book are almost completely absent. Even so, however, the movie's mixed worldview still seems very strong. Its mixed nature contains strong positive references to paganism, as well as some positive Christian elements referring to Jesus Christ and an apparent answered prayer to Jesus (which is not in the book), positive references to God, some humanist statements of atheism and agnosticism, some light political correctness, and some light feminism.

Also very strong is the movie's false revisionist history. This false history includes references to an alleged marriage and alleged royal bloodline between Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene. It also includes some false history regarding the famous Knights Templar from the times of the Crusades against the evil, murderous Cult of Islam, some false history regarding the origins of Christianity (including the New Testament documents and the Council of Nicea), some false art history regarding Leonardo Da Vinci, etc.

Once again, however, the feminism and goddess worship from the book's revisionist history are almost completely absent. Also, instead of defending the pagan point of view often as he does in the book, the Robert Langdon character in the movie actually sometimes defends the traditional Christian view of the historical record. He does, however, buy into the royal bloodline story of Mary Magdalene.

He also doesn't present a lot of facts to dispute Ian McKellan's character's phony stories about the Emperor Constantine and some believers inventing the traditional New Testament stories about Jesus Christ. Furthermore, the movie's final scene overtly shows the audience (but not the characters) the hidden tomb of Mary Magdalene. Thus, the final scene gives a final credence to the movie's Mary Magdalene story despite the hero's skepticism. Before that final scene, however, the hero in the movie (unlike the book) casts doubt on some of the Ian McKellan character's diatribe against traditional Christian history and the Church's alleged invention of Christianity.

The movie hero also says "Godspeed" to the heroine at one important point. He also tells her that she can decide whether to "destroy faith or renew it" and tells her, "The only thing that matters is what you believe." Finally, he says, "History shows Jesus was an extraordinary man. Why couldn't Jesus have been divine and still have been a father?" These lines are not in the book.
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