January 21, 2008

Movie Review
'It is the glory of God to conceal things, but the glory of kings is to search things out' (Prov 25:2)...The desire for knowledge is so great and it works in such a way that the human heart, despite its experience of insurmountable limitation, yearns for the infinite riches which lie beyond, knowing that there is to be found the satisfying answer to every question as yet unanswered.-- John Paul II, Fides et Ratio
Just saw the extravaganza “National Treasure II”, a sort of Indiana Jones fantasy which, for all its flaws with clunky dialogue & incredulous plot, essentially reads the heart of modern man well enough: we crave access to the inacessible, we crave mystery, we crave clues along the way to the gold (i.e. God). What the National Treasure movies specialize in is gaining physical access to utterly inaccessible places, be they Buckingham Palace or the Oval Office. For me, that’s more pleasurable than, say, the Spiderman flicks, which give one the vicarious ability to leap tall buildings and swing from instantly-manufactured webs. I’d rather experience the vicarious thrill of being where I’m not allowed than possessing some some physical or intellectual genius.

The movie is also cool for the behind-the-scenes looks at the Library of Congress. I didn't know the main desk concealed a staircase.

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