NOAH – The Reviews Are In

Noah ReviewsI’ve spent the morning reading reviews of the new Noah movie. Here is a spattering of what’s being said. Jump down to the bottom for my personal comments.

PLUGGEDIN.COM – “Director Darren Aronofsky offers a spectacular and often moving story, but it’s obviously not the story of Noah. There’s more Tolkien than Torah here, really, and more of Aronofsky himself than both of those. Perhaps this director made the Creator in his own image—full of mercy, magic and environmental sobriety. If you uncouple the movie from the Bible and take Noah as imaginative, fantastic fiction, it can begin to work. But hooked as it is to such a sacred narrative, well, let’s just say it’ll be hard for some Christians to swallow whole this fractious fable.”

SCREENRANT.COM – “Sadly, all of the controversy has distracted from the quality of the actual film – which presents an impactful experience for both religious and secular viewers, alike. In fact, many of the contentious changes actually make Noah a more engaging choice for moviegoers who are open to Aronofsky’s artistic vision and subject matter. The movie is neither Christian propaganda nor a threat to the bible, it’s a relatable tale of human nature and the mysteries of creation – one that actually reaffirms key themes from the original story and thought-provoking moments in the journey of a peaceful man whose life is torn apart in an attempt to do the “right” thing.”

MOVIEGUIDE.ORGParamount and Darren Aronofsky’s NOAH movie about the Great Flood is an epic adventure story, with a nice ending that wraps everything up on a hopeful note. It adheres to the biblical story of God’s creation of the heavens and the earth, the temptation and fall of Adam and Eve, and the basic story of Noah and the Ark. However, it adds some extra-biblical material to create a dramatic three-act structure and adds some modern environmentalist twists in a couple places. Also, God is only called the Creator throughout the movie and doesn’t speak directly to Noah but gives Noah visions that he must interpret. … In the end, the Creator’s justice and mercy prevails, but the relationship and covenant between God and His people isn’t quite as personal as some people of faith might want or as the biblical text shows.”

THEATLANTIC.COM – “Despite its flamboyant, and at times goofy, fantasy trappings, Noah is firmly anchored by the fierce moral intensity of Aronofsky’s vision, which is, if anything, more Old Testament than the Old Testament itself. Renditions of the Flood narrative—including the Bible’s—tend to focus on the lucky fate of Noah and his flock rather than that of the millions left behind to die. Aronofsky, by contrast, is unsparing in his portrayal of their agonies.”

WAFFLEMOVIES.COM – “I blame Aronofsky for wanting to use the Noah brand name, but not embracing it. I can hear some people screaming about how this movie is not authentic because it doesn’t stick to the Bible story, even having characters avoiding the word “God”. Mostly, The Creator is substituted for God, which is only one way it feels like Aronofksy and Handel are walking some thin line between wanting to embrace the Bible story to heighten interest in the film, but trying to distance this movie from it as well by adding stuff that is not from the Bible and altering some of the characters by giving them motivations that were not present. I can understand creative license and all, but this is going a bit too far.”

To See It … Or Not To See It

splat redI say, if you’re looking for a movie that brings our beloved bible story to life on the big screen, do not go to this movie. It is obviously not an accurate portrayal of the story in Genesis, chapters 6 – 9.

star bluHowever, if you are looking for a well made, big budget action flick, with lots of heavy good versus evil goings on, then go see Noah. Those who aren’t concerned about the Biblical accuracy seem to think this is a great movie.

I for one, will not be spending my money on Noah. Why? Because the stories in the Bible are unlike the stories in any other book ever written. They are God’s word and it’s not up to us humans to reinterpret and rewrite them to make them more enjoyable. If Directors can’t bring Bible stories to the big screen without changing the meaning of the text, then they should stay away. There are plenty of books out there begging to be turned into a movie. The Bible is not one of them.



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