Say it isn’t Soah: The Farce that is NOAH!

Noah, starring Russell Crowe opened in theaters everywhere this weekend. I’ve been waiting for Hollywood to do this story justice forever. I’m still waiting.

Cinematically, it was spectacular.

Theologically, it was a disaster.

If I could compare this film to another, I’d say it does for the story of Noah and the Ark, what the Last Temptation of Christ was to the story of Jesus.

What do I mean?

The only relation between this big budget Aronofsky film and the Biblical story of Noah, was that there was a man named Noah, an Ark and a Flood – and that’s about as close to the Bible as it got.

It’s reminds me of the old Bugs Bunny cartoon, where Bugs pops out of the ground with map in hand, munching on a carrot, and says, “I knew I should’ve taken that right turn at Albuquerque.”

While making this film, the director definitely took a left turn!

When I reviewed the recent film, Son of God, I didn’t have much problem talking about the movie and what was in it, because the story is so well known – after all, it’s been in print in some form or another for nearly 2000 years!

Not the same here.

This movie is an original telling of the story of Noah, and it’s so different, I’d rather not give away cinematic elements in this blog. You can probably find other reviews that give away the story. On one level I was blown away by some of the spectacle in this presentation. It’s just a shame that they didn’t stay true to the Biblical narrative.

One story-point from the film I will hint about is that they gave Noah a different, darker mission than what you find in the Bible story beginning in Genesis 6. Noah was chosen because he found grace in the eyes of the Lord. Noah was said to be perfect in his generations, which probably means his bloodline (from Seth) was free from the corruption of Cain’s lineage.

The Ark is a “type of Christ,” preserving the chosen through the period of tribulation. In this new adaptation, however, it’s something entirely different …

I’ve said this about other films, but again, the problem for me with films such as Noah, is that we live in a world where people get their information from the rich diversity of media available, such as, TV, Internet, talk radio, cable news … even movies – but rarely from books, or in this case, the Bible.

This movie will influence the way some folks understand the story of Noah and its significance – and that’s a shame.

Originally, I thought I’d outline the Biblical story of Noah for this review, but I’ve decided against that. I think we’re all pretty much aware of what really happened. Besides, you can read the story for yourself, it’s contained entirely in just 4 chapters, beginning in Genesis 6, and running through chapter 9.

With the success of this film; number 1 at the box office, earning $44 million its debut weekend – I’d like to think it will spark curiosity in viewers to go see for themselves what the true story of Noah and the ark is about. If all publicity is essentially good publicity, perhaps this will be the light that shines attention on one of the truly great Old Testament stories.

If you decide to see this movie, just know upfront you’re not getting a Biblically accurate representation of Noah and the Ark – but if you’re a fan of big budget Hollywood movies like Transformers or comic book heroes, then you just might be in the right place.

Keep the faith,

John Keever

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One thought on “Say it isn’t Soah: The Farce that is NOAH!

  1. “… That the whole earth will be destroyed, and a flood is about to come on the whole earth, and will destroy everything on it. And now instruct him as to what he must do to escape that his offspring may be preserved for all the generations of the world.” — Lost Book of Enoch 10: 2, 3

    It’s interesting that you can find Noah’s mission “intact” in the lost book of Enoch – yet it’s missing from Aronofsky’s big budget, effect-laden, feature. Even with all the money and resources he had available – he didn’t get it right.

    John Keever

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