Where do I stand on The Da Vinci Code? I was curious when the book came out, I thought of sampling Dan Brown's earlier work. Then reviews came in from some of my favorite writers saying the book was poorly written. Their word was enough for me. While I can never learn enough from well structured, well paced, emotionally rich writing, I avoid padded, cliched prose whenever possible.
Similarly, I hear the movie is poorly executed at the cost of characters. Why would I want to watch people I don't care about?
The thorny relationship between Brown's premises and the truth also turns me off. I'm not one to solve puzzles for pleasure. And that's what the book and movie are, leisure. I don't see them as important or threatening at all. If anyone wants to challenge another's beliefs, do so with unmistakably serious theses supported not by theories, but by facts.