The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

22 May 2006

The Leonardo da Vinci Picture Show

Sarah and Dwight check out The Da Vinci Code and observe actual Audience Participation:

I was entertained — in between bouts of distraction courtesy of the morons sitting behind us. These people reminded me of why I dislike going to the movies. They felt compelled to provide a running commentary to everyone within hearing distance. Some of the more priceless gems included:

In reference to The Da Vinci Code: "I heard this movie wasn't true ... it's like Superman." (Huh?)

At the beginning of the film, when the murder victim is discovered on the floor of the Louvre: "He's naked!" (Accompanied by a gasp.)

When we're shown a sweeping overhead shot of London: "Isn't that a pretty scene?"

In response to that comment: "That's the River Thames." (Pronounced THAYmes.)

When Ian McKellan first appears on screen: "That's the guy who plays Spock!" (Note: Leonard Nimoy appears nowhere in this movie.)

When we first hear the theory that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene: "That's not true!"

Wait a minute. Superman isn't true either?

I never quite imagined Midnight Movie status for The Da Vinci Code, but I have no doubt that someone will eventually come up with some good audience responses to the onscreen action. (Although I suspect this film is just crying out for Joel and/or Mike and the bots.)

Posted at 3:14 PM to Almost Yogurt


I think I may have figured out where all this came from.

Posted by: McGehee at 3:23 PM on 22 May 2006

Ironically, it IS pronounced "THAYmes" in Connecticut (running through Norwich).

Posted by: Vickie at 5:08 AM on 23 May 2006

We do that a lot Stateside, as I discovered one year in Versailles (ver-SAILS), Kentucky.

Posted by: CGHill at 7:25 AM on 23 May 2006

I wonder what these folks said during Superman II when Kal-el had SEX BEFORE MARRIAGE!?!?!?!?!?!?!

Posted by: Dwayne "the canoe guy" at 7:45 AM on 23 May 2006

How 'bout New MAD-rid, Missouri?

Ironically Paris, Texas is pronouned "Par-ee."

Posted by: John Salmon at 2:16 PM on 23 May 2006

Not to mention Cairo, Illinois, which is pronounced like the syrup.

Posted by: CGHill at 2:25 PM on 23 May 2006

Sorry, you are wrong.
Paris, Texas really is pronounced PAIR-iss.

Posted by: G at 7:56 PM on 23 May 2006