Tuesday, April 1, 2014

"Noah" Isn't Himself

I bit the bullet and watched “Noah” yesterday. And yes, the rumors are true: It’s a train wreck. One is tempted to say it’s a catastrophe of biblical proportions. But…that’s entertainment! (Unless you live in Egypt…Egypt has banned “Noah.”)  

Was I disappointed in the movie, you ask? No. Thanks to Matt Walsh’s excellent and entertaining review I knew exactly what I was in for and my expectations were mercifully low. 

Please understand: “Noah” does not take artistic license with the biblical story. Artistic license is always to be expected. In fact, a movie-length treatment of the biblical account would require such license because scripture’s script is scant on the details. But “Noah” isn’t in the least concerned with Noah. 

I do not consider “Noah” to be based—not even loosely based—on the biblical narrative. Yes, “Noah” has a big boat and lots of animals and water, but that’s about the extent of any correlation to scripture. 

As was suggested on The O’Reilly Factor: Why not call the movie something other than “Noah”? Why not name Russell Crowe’s character “Jim”? Or how about titling the flick after the “Harry Potter” girl’s character? She’s sort of the real “hero” anyway. Or should I say “heroine”? (One doesn’t want to make feminists angrier than they already are. But it’s just so hard to tell with these gals.)  

Anyway, the point is a flood of confusion and controversy could have been avoided here. Then again, when it comes to faith and the Bible, when has Hollywood ever wished to avoid such things? 

Perhaps good can come from this: The movie is generating discussion. Maybe Christians can navigate from “Noah” to Jesus Christ.

2 comments:

  1. So far I'm still passing on this one. Waste of money. Seems to be generating discussion, though probably not the best discussion. Hear there was no mention of the Noahic Covenant -- which seems a pretty big omission. Didn't see the new Jesus film either, but rather enjoyed "God's Not Dead" despite some gooey apologetic regarding "free will" and far too many flat, wooden characters, esp. the protagonist's silly, credulity-stretching girlfriend.

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    1. Yes, "God's Not Dead" (though cheesy at times) was a very pleasant surprise.

      Thanks for reading and thinking.

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