The DaVinci Code movie is out. I know, I know, everybody knows...didn't I read the paper/watch the news/see the billboards/see the sky-writing??
I read the book, and I will admit I enjoyed it. Pretty good book, if you ask me, but I thought Angels and Demons (by Dan Brown--his first novel) was much, much better. Personally, I think his novels are continually getting worse. The first was the best and they are all chronologically slightly worse.
Anyway, I haven't seen the movie yet. I'm a little torn, because one --movies based on books are not always very good. And two --everyone in the world seems to be freaking out about it.
I can understand why the Catholic Church is a little offended. I can. If Dan Brown decided to write a book on Mormonism [which I hear he might actually be doing --I heard he was in SLC (this could just be a vicious rumor) doing research and studying architecture of the SLC Temple --something about Joseph Smith being a freemason? Interesting....] then I think I would be wary, too. WHY? Well, I know for a fact that Dan Brown's book is FICTION. Based on legends, yes, but still FICTION. However, people all over the world are forgetting that and are freaking out because they somehow believe this book to be history ---to be TRUTH. Which it is NOT. Well...of course you could argue like crazy about Christ being married, blah,blah, blah...but it doesn't change the fact that Dan Brown wrote a work of FICTION. But the poor Catholic Church doesn't see it like that --this is open criticism, fiction or not. So I can understand their plight. What if there was a DaVinci Code-type book out there making Mormons look bad?
Okay, well there are probably dozens, if not hundreds of books like that, but one as popular as The DaVinci Code? What would that do to Mormonism? How would we be percieved as LDS people? What if everyone thought that there was some crazy conspiracy behind it all?
I think I'd be upset. And that's why I feel for our Catholic friends.
But I'll probably go see the movie. I love Tom Hanks. He's brilliant! What is the consensus out there? Any opinions?