Da Vinci Bust

31 05 2006

Bwaaa hahaaaa!!

It’s a bust. What a loser of a film.

Gene Edward Veith puts it best:

It never occurred to most of us who worried about the impact of The Da Vinci Code that it would turn out to be a really bad movie. We assumed with its Academy Award–winning director and cast that the movie would magnify the novel’s anti-Christian message. And yet film critics are panning, even ridiculing, it. Though millions are indeed going to the theaters to watch this twisted tale of how Christianity is a hoax, that the movie is so aesthetically bad makes it less persuasive and may mitigate the harm that it will do.

The website Rotten Tomatoes quantifies what critics are saying about any given movie. According to the site’s calculations, The Da Vinci Code received a “rotten” rating, scoring only 17 percent on the quality scale.

Instead of criticizing the content of the movie, many critics find fault with the way the movie was made and executed. They criticize the casting and the acting, the pace of the script and the quality of the writing. They show what these faults do to the effect and entertainment value of the final product. Most of the critics conclude, in the words of Phoebe Flowers of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, that “the movie is woefully plotted and just flat-out, eye-crossingly dull.”

“The surprise, and disappointment, of The Da Vinci Code,” says Entertainment Weekly’s Owen Gleiberman, “is how slipshod and hokey the religious detective story now seems.”

“For those who hate Dan Brown’s best-selling symbology thriller,” says The Hollywood Reporter’s Kirk Honeycutt, “the eagerly awaited and much-hyped movie version beautifully exposes all its flaws and nightmares of logic.” Christians can take consolation in Mr. Gleiberman’s conclusion about the movie: “It’s hard to imagine it making many converts.”

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