Going into see this movie, I had heard a ton of controversy about what Christians should think of it, and what exactly was the point of making this movie was.
First, if you are one of these people complaining about the lack of biblical authenticity in this movie, DUH. It would have taken just a peek at who is directing this movie to figure out that likely it wouldn’t be biblically accurate. Darren Aronofsky is, in fact, a self proclaimed Atheist who throughout the movie never refers to a “God”, but instead the being who governs the earth is known as the “Creator”. It’s irresponsible to think that a director like Aronofsky wouldn’t take a creative license and change up the story. After all, the usual point of a movie is to make money.
While VERY biblically inaccurate, there are a lot of elements that were very intriguing and linked to Scripture. Throughout the movie we see a decline of Noah’s son, Ham. Though in the Bible it never says Ham helped an evil stowaway on the ark, it does outline a curse put on Ham and his descendants.
Noah, a farmer, was the first to plant a vineyard. He drank from its wine, got drunk and passed out, naked in his tent. Ham, the father of Canaan, saw that his father was naked and told his two brothers who were outside the tent. Shem and Japheth took a cloak, held it between them from their shoulders, walked backward and covered their father’s nakedness, keeping their faces turned away so they did not see their father’s exposed body. When Noah woke up with his hangover, he learned what his youngest son had done. He said, Cursed be Canaan! A slave of slaves, a slave to his brothers! Blessed be God, the God of Shem, but Canaan shall be his slave. God prosper Japheth, living spaciously in the tents of Shem. But Canaan shall be his slave.
The movie, surprisingly, outlines this part rather well. We see Russell Crowe (or a stunt/nudeness double) facedown in the sand with Ham standing over him. We never hear Noah yell out this curse, but the next scene shows Ham leaving the family. What leaves me confused at some points is this kind of scene and then elements such as the “Watchers” (aka rock people, angel things).
Honestly, though, no matter how you look at it, this movie is pure fiction. Here are 2 (sarcastic) things that I learned from watching Noah.
- Emma Watson should never be in a musical. Her rendition of Noah’s lullaby would not have got her to Hollywood. On the other hand though, as Russell Crowe sang the same lullaby I felt like I was back watching Les Miserables.
- I was not aware that the people of Mesopotamia were the first to invent iron weapons. Pretty sure this setting predates the Iron Age
Overall, if you want to see a good movie, go see Noah. It really is a well done movie and keeps you entertained for the duration of the movie. If, though, you were hoping for a tale that followed along with the Bible, don’t see it, you’ll just be disappointed.
As pointless as this “review” was, my advice would be for Christians to settle down. Sure, Aronofsky’s intentions may not have been good, but that doesn’t mean we have to get in a big fuss over a movie. After all, it is just that, a movie. The bigger picture is that people are actually becoming familiar with the story of Noah. Whether or not they accept this twisted version is for them to decide, but some may look into it and ask questions.
Then, we can begin telling them the real redemption story of a guy and an ark, who decided to do the unthinkable and trust God in the midst of extreme adversity.