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Re: Angels & Demons (2009)

The opening paragraphs of your review for Angels & Demons is one of the funniest and most entertaining things I’ve seen on this site. I’m slogging my way through the book at the moment (armed with a pen so I can jot snarky comments in the margins: it’s about the only way I can stand it), and your gleeful, movie reference-laden jabs were spot on! As a Matrix geek, I had to laugh out loud at this paragraph in particular:

The “episode” Langdon refers to is that business in The Da Vinci Code, and the “mysteries” in question are the revelations that Jesus Christ was not divine, though he married into divinity, or something, and that from this union descended a powerful character in the Matrix sequels, and ultimately, wouldn’t you know it Langdon’s love interest in The Da Vinci Code.

Great minds, they do think alike: I’d had a very similar line of thought when I was laboring through Da Vinci Code. I think I even cracked, to friends in the know, a joke along the lines of “The movie would have been better if they’d had a cameo by Lambert Wilson” (ie. the French actor who played the Merovingian in the Matrix movies). Keep up the good work and keep bringing on the laughter in the face of movies that look down their noses at religion. As St. Thomas More said, “The Devil cannot stand to be mocked.”

You are, obviously, exactly the reader I had in mind when I wrote that paragraph. I knew you were out there; I hoped that paragraph would find you. Now that I have your email, I feel that my Angels & Demons journey is truly complete.

P.S. For what it’s worth, the More quotation, popularized by C. S. Lewis in an epigraph to The Screwtape Letters, is usually given as: “The Devil … the prowde spirit … cannot endure to be mocked.”

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