Friday, May 15, 2009

Dan and Ron's Mediocrity

N.Y. Times film critic A.O. Scott had this to say about the latest Dan Brown/Ron Howard offering:

"Since 'Angels & Demons' takes place mainly in the Vatican, and is festooned with the rites and ornaments of Roman Catholicism, I might as well begin with a confession. I have not read the novel by Dan Brown on which this film (directed, like its predecessor, 'The Da Vinci Code,' by Ron Howard) is based. I have come to believe that to do so would be a sin against my faith, not in the Church of Rome but in the English language, a noble and beleaguered institution against which Mr. Brown practices vile and unspeakable blasphemy."

Scott continues, "This movie, without being particularly good...combines the visual charm of mass-produced postcards with the mental stimulation of an easy Monday crossword puzzle."

So, as a work of fiction the tale is badly written, and as a film it is a banal effort. From a theological standpoint it can be viewed as yet another hatchet job like the duo's previous handiwork; thus, that Dan is a hack writer and Ron peaked with Opie are just aggravating factors.

1 comment:

Kindred Spirit said...

"He who is not with Me is against Me." Where are the bishops as the Church is attacked and Our Lord is mocked? Holy Mary, Mother of God, come to our rescue!