In The Da Vinci Code, Tom Hanks portrays Harvard religious symbologist Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks), and Audrey Tautou portrays cryptologist Sophie Neveu (Audrey Tautou). They embark on a quest to find the Holy Grail and covert historical societies. Do its idiosyncrasies correspond with real-life conspiracies?
The Da Vinci Code is not the only drama based on true events that can be rife with inaccuracies. It is difficult to distinguish fact from fiction in The Da Vinci Code due to its controversial nature. Brown manipulates certain historical events to serve the plot, a fact that is true of the entire Robert Langdon franchise. As a result, ‘real’ and ‘fake’ become inexplicably intertwined, as evidenced by the Rashomon Effect, which illustrates how eyewitnesses and reality are unreliable and interpretative. Here are some of the major aspects of The Da Vinci Code that are both real and fake, along with its true story.
To answer the question of whether or not The Da Vinci Code is true, we need to look at what’s accurate. There is a secret kept by The Knights Templar (the whole life order of knights that has inspired Assassin’s Creed) that the legendary Holy Grail is not the literal chalice used in The Last Supper, but instead Mary Magdalene. They were closely allied with the Crusades, being protectors of Christian pilgrims during the Knight’s Templar or Order of Solomon’s Temple’s Crusades.
Founded in 1928 by Catholic saint Josemaria Escrivá, Opus Dei remains controversial. A key antagonist in the movie, Silas, is compelled to murder by the influence of “The Teacher,” and Brown incorporates the organization’s inner workings to flesh out his character. In the movie, Brown portrays Opus Dei in a fairly accurate light, such as when he shows Silas (played by Paul Bettany, Vision of the MCU) implementing corporal punishment with a spiked belt by the organization’s actual practice.
A series of claims are made by Brown about the world-renowned museum, including the Louvre Pyramid, which François Mitterrand designed with 666 panes of glass. The number of glass panes used at the Louvre is 673, and Brown claims 65,300 pieces of art are housed in the museum when, in fact, it has only housed around 35,000 pieces.
Throughout the film, Tom Hank’s Langdon, Neveu, and Teabing act as expert cryptographers who can decode cryptic symbols and ancient texts. Leonardo da Vinci used the reverse text to conceal some of his revolutionary theories about astronomy, geology, and archaeology, as these characters discuss. In contrast, Brown exaggerates this point by claiming that Da Vinci left hidden religious clues in his paintings, which, according to art critics and historians, is untrue.