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National Treasure

My wife and I went to the movies without our kids for the first time in we-couldn’t-remember-how-long last night, and saw National Treasure. We really enjoyed it, too. I was a bit concerned going in because the reviews haven’t been outstanding. The movie contains one implausibility stacked upon another, but if you’re willing to suspend your disbelief over its central proposition–that the Founding Fathers hid an ancient treasure and left behind clues–then everything flows. It reminded me of nothing so much as The Da Vinci Code, with Ben Franklin playing the part of Da Vinci and the Declaration of Independence as The Last Supper. (Bonus: no anti-Catholicism.) The heist scene at the National Archives is very well done and the script includes plenty of humor (and that’s another bonus, because there’s nothing funny in Dan Brown’s books). So if you’re looking for a good movie over Thanksgiving and SpongeBob isn’t an option, I recommend this one.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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