Someone asked me how I could criticize "The DaVinci Code" when I hadn't even read it. I responded that most believers in "The DaVinci Code" haven't actually read the Bible which they're so quick to criticize. If they get to criticize the Bible without having read it, why can't I criticize "The DaVinci Code" without having read it?
Good point. Though the DaVinci Code is much too weak to criticize the Bible, it instead just recycles all of the silly anti-Catholic arguments out there.
I think its fair to say you can decide whether or not you are going to like the story/film based upon purely a basic gist of the plot.
But in terms of putting together a rock solid defensible argument against all points that are contrary to Truth, one must study the plot, the characters, the events and the setting in detail in order to uncover inconsistencies, to highlight subtle untruths and to then sensibly decide which of these are worth arguing about and which of these should simply be left alone by virtue of the fact that they are no threat and to argue the point would be to give the book/film more limelight than it warrants.
My position is that for those amongst the general populus who don't wish to engage in any argument of the material with anyone, but simply wish to refrain from wasting time/money on something that they have a reasonable idea they will find upsetting or without any merit whatsoever, its clearly fine for those people not to read the book or see the film. I think for anyone who wants to seriously combat the supporters of the preposterous theories outlined in this book, they SHOULD watch the film or read the book or both. It is my personal belief that anyone who fits this bill and fails to do their due diligence as far as reviewing the material is concerned actually does the rest of the Catholic community a disservice. The people that I have seen indulge in this wilful ignorance clearly don't realise how much they hurt our credibility.
Additionally, as I may have said elsewhere in the forum - the fact that someone criticises the Bible whilst lacking a good knowledge of its contents is hardly something that justifies the same ill-prepared approach in an apologetic or academic arena.