A Delicate Boy...
...In the Hysterical Realm
Friday, May 19, 2006
"So Dark the Con of Man..."
We saw The DaVinci Code tonight. Neither of us have read the book, so it was all a surprise for us. I think that makes a difference because the reviews are not great, with most of them calling it slow and lacking sizzle (I saw one somewhere that actually said "sizzle"). That might be true if you know the book and know what happens. I had no expectations going in (well, I did suspect that it would bore me), and it was a fine summer popcorn movie.
But I wanted to write about the protestors! There were a few people with signs outside the theatre passing out leaflets. Da Man dropped me off to get tickets, and I was too far away from them when I walked in, but Da Man walked right by but turned down a leaflet. I wanted to know what exactly they said. Two local news stations were there, and I just saw a report on one of the stations. I felt so radical seeing a movie with organized protests.
We see a movie every Friday, which means in the summers seeing each big movie as it opens. This movie does seem to be bringing non-moviegoers into the theatres. First, the people in front of me were complaining about the raise in ticket prices, even though that happened at the start of the year. And other people wanted an ATM and were surprised that the concession stands took debit cards. It was much crazier than usual on a Friday night.
But I wanted to write this entry to note a joke I made at the start of the film that is not funny enough to deserve this much buildup but had Da Man about to lose it in the theatre. At the start of the film, Silas has killed the guy at the Louvre and calls a man known as The Teacher to let him know that the murders are done. I leaned over to Da Man and whispered, "They kill for him? I can't even get my students to format their papers correctly!" Ba-dump bump.
Thank you! I'll be here all week.
A thirty-something gay white male rhetoric professor who spends way too much time thinking about the wrong things.