Monday, May 4, 2009

Vatican 'hampered' new Hanks film (and Rightly So!)

Director Ron Howard has accused the Vatican of trying to hamper the filming of his new movie, Angels & Demons, starring Tom Hanks. Many of the movie's supporters suggest that certain members of the Catholic Faith were unhappy with "The Da Vinci Code" because that film suggests that Jesus married Mary Magdalene and had children, creating a royal bloodline that Church officials kept secret for centuries.

I'd like to suggest that people in general are unhappy with the film because if you could watch the whole thing, it actually stole 149 minutes of your life that you'll never get back (174 minutes if you viewed the 'extended DVD version').

If the Vatican did hamper this new effort, I say well done Pope Benedict! I only wish someone had the sense not bankroll the first film "The DaVinci Code" ... The offerings at Columbia Pictures must be scarce indeed because they've backed Angels and Demons -- they even signed up Hanks, which is sad to see him waste his acting talent on such an empty plot and tired storyline.

"My only frustration as a film-maker is that we actually reached out a couple of times, to sort of offer opportunities for bishops and others just to see the film. And those opportunities have all been declined," Ron Howard said.

My only question is this: Why does Ron Howard and company want to punish Bishops with a viewing of these films? Only thing I can figure is he must not like them ...  -CE

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