The Da Vinci Code
It’s only when the kids are on vacation that I get to catch up on my movies. You wouldn’t believe how many movies I have rented (and I also bought a few) this past summer vacation. Maybe I will post a list here later. So once the kids started their Christmas break this past weekend, I went right away to Rogers Video to rent two movies, The Da Vinci Code and The Door in the Floor.
I have wanted to watch The Da Vinci Code since it came out in May this year, but I wasn’t able to see it in the theatres. Actually, I checked with my sister first if she already has this movie so that I could just borrow it from her. But no, she didn’t and she didn’t seem to be interested in watching it at all. I just find it interesting because there she is, this very religious person and she wouldn’t watch The Da Vinci Code. I on the other hand, who is not as religious as she is, wouldn’t watch The Passion of the Christ. I don’t think I can stand the violent scenes. I’ve seen Mel Gibson’s Braveheart and I had my eyes closed during the battle scenes. Whereas, my sister saw The Passion in the theatres when it came out. And she hasn’t seen any movies in the theatres here in Canada. I think it is the first and only one that she did.
The Da Vinci Code is a two-disc DVD. And it said on the back of the cover – 246 minutes long. I thought the movie itself is over four hours long, but it is only about two and a half hours. The extra remaining minutes is all the added special features on Disc Two.
The Da Vinci Code is not a movie that I would be normally interested. But as I have mentioned in my May post, My Love Affair with Books, I was intrigued by all the hoopla it was generating and so I read the book, was fascinated, got hooked and couldn’t put the book down. And I just had to watch the movie.
I like Tom Hanks anyway and the lead actress, Audrey Tautou, is very pretty and reminded me a lot of the Philippine actress Aiko Melendez, as I remember her from 17 years ago. I don’t know what she looks like now.
This is a mystery novel/movie that will keep you thinking of who really the bad guy is. And the ideas presented regarding the Holy Grail and the Last Supper are very thought-provoking.
The Da Vinci Code is about Robert Langdon, a symbology professor, and Agent Sophie Neveau, the granddaughter of the curator of the Louvre Museum in Paris. Langdon is being suspected of killing the curator and Sophie came to warn him and help him escape.
I think one of the highlights of the movie is when Leigh Teabing, Langdon’s historian friend, explained to Sophie what the Holy Grail means. It is not the chalice from where Jesus and his disciples drank the wine at the Last Supper but it is a female, namely, Mary Magdalene. Teabing showed Sophie where Mary Magdalene is in Da Vinci’s painting of the Last Supper. And he explained to her that Mary was actually the companion, the spouse of Jesus and she was pregnant at the time of the Crucifixion and was carrying Jesus’ bloodline. The secret of the Holy Grail is Mary Magdalene’s descendant, a daughter named Sarah.
I won’t go into any more details. I think there are a lot of you who have either read the book or seen the movie. But if you haven’t, you can read more at this link.
I do understand how the devout and pious could find this movie scandalous. And why my sister isn’t interested in seeing this movie. As some of you already know, she had wanted to be a nun and entered the convent many years ago. She left the convent and is married now with seven children but she is still very religious. She is a Roman Catholic and so am I. But when she has people from the Couples for Christ over at her house, she’d joke to them that we are of different religions. She’s active with the Block Rosary and I don’t pray the rosary. I do pray every night in my own words. We have different views on birth control and she doesn’t approve of the method I have chosen. I don’t go to church every First Fridays but I do hear the Sunday mass. We used to go to the same church, but since the parish priest would give her the Holy Host on her hand instead of directly in her mouth, they moved to a different church. And both she and my brother-in-law are always ready to debate or defend their beliefs to anyone who would challenge them.
We are so different but we respect each other because we are family after all. And we all love each other despite our differences.