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If you’re hoping for a Bible epic you will be disappointed. Noah is nothing like the Biblical account other than sharing names of the major characters and the fact they build an ark.
To review this movie it would only be fair to use two criteria because of the potential audiences:
1. Biblical Accuracy
2. Entertainment Value
Biblical Assessment - Review
Even when taking into account the need to create a back story to fit with the Biblical account of Noah, the creative license includes too much error. The corruption of mankind is portrayed well. But the rest of the details fall far short. The fallen angels, cursed rock-creatures gave an excuse for the use of CGI, but their presence was beyond believable for a Biblical story. In my opinion, they didn’t fit at all unless the writers were attempting to accomplish special effects.
Other disturbing things in the movie portray a politically correct, environmentalist slant, and warped view of who God is and why He sent the flood in the first place. The movie tells tales like:
God had Noah build the ark to save just the animals, not mankind.
Mankind ruined the beauty of the earth and needed to be punished.
Noah judged who died and who lived.
The eating of animals is a sign of the depth of man’s corrupted nature.
The existence of mankind needed to end because they ruined the earth – even Noah and his family needed to die so the animals could have their peaceful place of creation back.
Noah’s sons were denied wives because in order to obey God’s demand to destroy mankind, there could be no further generations. Noah even threatens to kill his twin granddaughters because they would become mothers.
Another important thing to consider is the fact the Darren Aronofsky is a professed atheist. An interview with The Washington Times on March 14, 2014 says:
“The producer of the movie “Noah,” a self-professed atheist, says he is proud of the fact that he’s taken a story inspired by God’s word and turned it into something so secular.”
Not knowing Mr. Aronofsky’s background, I did a little digging. He doesn’t profess any faith in God so why take on a Biblical story? I think Mr. Aronofsky needs a platform to sermonize his environmental and global warming agenda. He admits to this as his belief, and the harmony of nature, his god.
Entertainment Value - Review
If this movie didn’t promise a Biblical story, I would say it wasn’t bad, though I would still struggle with the sermonizing. The acting is well done. Russell Crowe and Anthony Hopkins bring big names to the screen. The story is a bit far-fetched and dark, but as a Sci-Fi or action movie (not my favorite genre) it has something going for it. Many CGI epics are short on plot. But, Noah does have a story line. The use of creative animation and the grittiness of the characters boast of talented artists.
The dialogue is difficult to hear. Russell Crowe mumbles. He is a great actor, but this is a struggle in every movie he’s in.
If I remove the weak Biblical connections, I still struggle with its messages, but at least I’d be seeing it as entertainment and not propaganda. For anyone who doesn’t embrace or understand the character of God, they would get a skewed view of Him. Therefore, I don’t recommend this movie for children. Even young adults would need to engage in informed dialogue to wade through the Biblical inconsistencies.
Bottom line, I didn’t like the movie from the point of view of its intent. It did a poor job of telling Noah’s story and an even worse one in its portrayal of God’s message to His creation.
I’d love to sit over coffee with Mr. Aronofsky and share with him the God who sent His Son to die for the world’s sin. Noah’s story is a foreshadowing of our rescue and salvation in Jesus Christ. Most people won’t choose to believe, just as they ignored Noah. But, those who do believe enter the protection of the cross - God’s mercy and grace by believing He is the answer to the corruption of mankind.
Just my .02 – hope it’s helpful, Be sure to join the conversation!
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