It is easy to see how a story line of this nature can mount as much controversy as this book has. It is also easy to see why the big screen adaptation ,reaching a much wider audience, can spark all the antagonism it has all over the world. Religion has always been a taboo and any handling of any religious subject will likely receive its share of adversaries.
Yet, audacious attempts like that of The Da Vinci Code does more than just stir religious beliefs and media hype ; it arouses questions and stimulates discussions. It opens prohibited areas for debate and while many view this to be a violation of the holiness of any religion and its values others view it as a healthy if not necessary chance to question one's values and givens and examine how valid they really are.
"It basically took the foundation of Christianity and shook it to the bones. I could see how people can get sensitive about this. The book and the movie will have people asking questions about Christianity . That may not be to the liking of some Christian organizations. It is hard to question something you've grown to believe to be true all your life. Yet I think it is really healthy. It is a test to the validity and strength of those values." Nicola Hemingway said about The Da Vinci Code.
Father Abu Zaid is one of many who support the banning of the book. He reiterates his unquestionable opposition to the contents of the book and encourages Christians all over the world to organize peaceful demonstrations and to boycott the film.
Ron Howard, the film's director, shows understanding to reactions like that of Father Abu Zaid's and offers a midway resolution." There is no question that the film is likely to be upsetting for some.. My advice is not to go see it, and talk to someone who has ..then arrive at a decision." Howard said at the film's world premier. He continued , " it is entertainment and providing a talking point is what good fiction does."
Tom Hanks who plays Robert Langdon ,the Harvard professor of religious symbology, said " The film was a good education on a lot of historical events … but clearly it is not a documentary"
I am Christian...I am not offended
Young says she is very eager to see the film." I am definitely going to watch the film if nothing else I want to see if it's going to live up to the book." The book has had its fair share of foes from different Christian organizations topped with The Vatican yet, it was the release of the movie that has unleashed so much controversy and antagonism. Young then raises a very interesting question:" why did all of this controversy and international boycotting propaganda happen with the film and not the book? "
Sir Ian Mckellen , acclaimed by critics as the film's savior, goes along Young's lines when talking about the film in its world premier. He told reporters " is it because readers can be trusted to have minds whereas people who go to the movies are the mindless masses that need to be protected?"
McKellen continues" I believe that cinema-goers are just as intelligent as readers and they can make up their own minds."