Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Italian newspapers are full of rumours that the Vatican is getting ready to officially boycott (i.e. Catholic Fatwa) Angels and Demons, the Da Vinci Code's novel prequel but film sequel, coming out worldwide in May this year. Why? Because it's blasphemous, delves into issues of Catholic corruption and venomous secret societies and entertains millions upon millions of people.
But seems like they're a bit nervous about doing so, and with good reason.
According to this Hollywood Reporter article, which quotes a Turin newspaper, which quotes Archbishop Velasio De Paolis, a public boycott of the film could lead to greater publicity for the film, not unlike what happened when the Vatican boycotted Da Vinci Code. Despite the 1.1 billion Catholics worldwide who might or might not have seen the film as a result of the boycott, the film still managed to gross a humble $760 million USD worldwide. (That's over $1.32 billion NZD.)
So what is the Catholic church to do? Do nothing and risk Catholics worldwide watching the film, or do something and risk Catholics worldwide watching the film. Quite the conundrum!
If there are any Catholic readers out there (or non-Catholics with an opinion, we're not religionists around here), I'd love to hear your opinion. Did you watch Da Vinci Code? Did you find it offensive? Will you watch Angels and Demons if there is no Catholic boycott? Will you watch it even if there is a Catholic boycott?
Your thoughts please!