Something weird happened on the way to the Vatican the other day… the Pope has decided to become a PR professional and a film critic.
If anyone remembers, Il Papa despised Ron Howard’s first foray into the Dan Brown fictional chronicles of Catholicism known as “The Da Vinci Code”. I mean, especially since it almost cost the Vatican billions thanks to a ridiculous law suit over branding rights.
I know! The Pope was illuminated by the Illuminati. Who’da thunk it?
ran a review and an editorial in Wednesday’s edition, critiquing the movie based on the Dan Brown best-selling novel of the same name. The newspaper wrote that the movie was “a gigantic and smart commercial operation” filled with “stereotyped characters.” The paper suggested moviegoers could make a game out of finding the many historical inaccuracies in the plot.
So that’s a complement, right? Underhanded and convoluted. But a complement, nonetheless.
One question though, Holy Father: What happened to the paternal vitriol extolled about the first movie? You did hate it, so what gives?
“The theme is always the same in both novels: a sect versus the church, even though the parts of the good and the bad are distributed differently,” L’Osservatore wrote Wednesday. “This time, with ‘Angels & Demons,’ the church is on the side of the good guys.”
Who knows. Maybe Ron Howard’s PR campaign worked? Talk about a total turnaround. At first, Rome was caught up in a tornadic storm of anger, whizz and vinegar. And now, they are strolling down the Yellow Brick Road of ration and reason?
Man, what a difference a summer blockbuster makes. Angels and demons and Catholics… oh my!