Variety and HollywoodReporter Slam the DVC movie
Two trade views of the DVC movie, from rival publications yet remarkably consistent.
Bottom line: A jumble of historical myth, religious symbology and international thriller-action makes for an unwieldy, bloated melodrama.
From the review by Variety of the DVC movie ... Some highlights
perhaps the best thing the project's critics could have hoped for.
high-minded lurid material sucked dry by a desperately solemn approach
Sitting through all the verbose explanations and speculations about symbols, codes, secret cults, religious history and covert messages in art, it is impossible to believe that, had the novel never existed, such a script would ever have been considered by a Hollywood studio.
Variety has an honest insight into why the DVC book and movie has any appeal whatsoever, in spite of the high-fallutin' academic-lecture atmospherics ...
It's esoteric, heady stuff, made compelling only by the fact that what it's proposing (emphasis added) undermines the fundamental tenants of Christianity, especially Roman Catholicism, and, by extension, Western Civilization for the past 2,000 years
It's all in the proposing and the refutation.
So if you have already read the proposition of the DVC, do yourself a big, big favor and see what Christianity proposes about itself. Start by reading any of the four canonical Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John - aka eyewitness accounts of the life of Jesus). Check out the Early Church Fathers here or here or here ... find out what verifiable church history really says.