I recently watched the trailer to Noah the movie. To be honest I got real excited when I first saw it. The film, simply titled “Noah,” features big names including Russell Crowe as Noah, Emma Watson, Jennifer Connelly and Anthony Hopkins.
From doing a little research around the web about the movie I find that there’s a lot of negative feedback. According to a blog article titled Darren Aronofsky’s Noah: Environmentalist Wacko
Having got a chance to read an undated version of the script for Noah I want to warn you. If you were expecting a Biblically faithful retelling of the story of the greatest mariner in history and a tale of redemption and obedience to God you’ll be sorely disappointed. Noah paints the primeval world of Genesis 6 as scorched arid desert, dry cracked earth, and a gray gloomy sky that gives no rain – and all this, caused by man’s “disrespect” for the environment.
It is no secret that Aronofsky set out to make a political propaganda piece for environmentalism. He said so himself to entertainment reporters:
“It’s about environmental apocalypse which is the biggest theme, for me, right now for what’s going on on this planet. So I think it’s got these big, big themes that connect with us. Noah was the first environmentalist.” (see here: SlashFilm.com)
When you look at the passage found in Gen. 6 it clearly gives the reason for the flood . The issue was the Nephilim aka Sons of God were taking women and having children destroying the image of God. This reason is brought out in the passage v.1 – 4.
1When human beings began to increase in number on the earth and daughters were born to them, 2the sons of God saw that the daughters of humans were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose. 3Then the Lord said, “My Spirit will not contend with humans forever, for they are mortal; their days will be a hundred and twenty years.”
4The Nephilim were on the earth in those days—and also afterward—when the sons of God went to the daughters of humans and had children by them. They were the heroes of old, men of renown.
5The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time.6The Lord regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled. 7So the Lord said, “I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created—and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground—for I regret that I have made them.”
I have only seen the trailer and from it you can not determine the theme of the movie but according to The Hollywood Reporter.
In recent weeks, the studio has held test screenings for key groups that might take a strong interest in the subject matter: in New York (for a largely Jewish audience), in Arizona (Christians) and in Orange County, Calif. (general public). All are said to have generated troubling reactions.”
I will still see the movie. The reason is to see it for myself and make my own opinions from it. From what sources are saying it will be far from the Biblical teachings and story line and this saddens because there are so many lessons that could be brought out. Examples of these amazing lessons are
4. Overcoming hardships
5. God’s Promises (rainbow) – very curious to see if this will even be in the film
Gen.9 12And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: 13I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, 15I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. 16Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.”
From what others are saying the powerful lessons could be potential missed determining the emphasis of the director. I like others think it is a compliment to see Hollywood directors take inspiration form the Bible to make movies. I would never want to be in their shoes though when it comes to making a movie from a Biblical story. To take away or add to scripture is something I would never want to do but Hollywood on the other hand well ya know. To me taking a story and twisting it makes no sense at least depict a historical story especially a biblical one for what it is. Lastly I will say I am sure it will be better than Bruce Almighty at least more realistic. I can see where movies like this and others can distort the truths especially for those who do not know the truths of the Bible. I am sure that this will create some questions in youth groups and congregations. This should be something that pastors look forward to as they engage and wrestle with questions from the movie once it hits the cinemas.
Originally posted 2014-01-08 17:10:03.