I have not yet seen Noah. But I have heard about it: the good, the bad, and the ever-increasing ugly. And likely, if you check your recent social media newsfeed, it will be filled with commentaries on the film, many of them contradictory. But the question is, who’s right? Is the Noah movie truly amazing or is it detrimental to the Bible and the Body of Christ?
One glance at any Noah trailer will show you that atheist Darren Aronofsky took A LOT of liberties with the film that are no where to be seen in the Scripture. As a writer and fellow creator, I sympathize with Aronofsky.
Genesis 6-10 is certainly the stuff of legend and even myth, yet it doesn’t give you a lot of hard facts. With that in mind, it’s quite understandable that creative liberties would be taken. Also, there is the fact that when any book is turned into a movie, what works for the reader is not always best for the movie viewer.
I am probably more forgiving of creative license than most Christians, simply because I am an artist, and all artists understand and in fact embrace the idea of questions, mystery and challenging material. (Charisma News)
So unless a film’s liberties turn from creative to heretical, then we don’t have much of a right to criticize. Everyone’s understanding of God and His Word is different. So is their level of revelation and illumination. That is why you can see such a stark contrast between Mel Gibson’s Jesus in The Passion of the Christ and Roma Downey and Mark Burnett’s Jesus in Son of God/The Bible Series. Unfortunately, it would seem that Aronofsky to his creative liberties to the level of heresy.
Again, a mere view of the trailer would show you the positively edge-of-your-seat, epic qualities that Noah has to offer. I mean, it’s Russell Crowe. Seriously. How can it NOT be good? With supporting actors like Anthony Hopkins (Methuselah), Jennifer Connelly (Naameh), and Emma Watson (Ila), you know the acting is phenomenal. The plot and characters therein are also extremely creative.
Take the portrayal of Cain’s descendant, Tubal-Cain, as the antagonist. It’s simply brilliant! It would seem that just as questionable as the theological tone of this movie is, the theatrical work is phenomenal!
The End Result
In several conversations about Noah, I presented this premise: no matter the result of the film, people across this nation and around the world are literally FLOCKING to see the Bible portrayed on screen. First Son of God (February), next God’s Not Dead (March), now Noah (March), and soon, Exodus (December). When was the last time you saw so many biblically-inspired movies 1) in the theaters and 2) bringing the people out in droves to see them in one year?
Yes, I believe–if he doesn’t first find God which I pray he will–Aronofsky will answer to God for twisting His Word. And in the same breath, I believe there may also be a reward–if only here on earth–for his indirectly introducing people to the Bible.
This amazing report came out recently:
…During the three-day opening weekend, YouVersion app reported a 300 percent increase in people reading or listening to the Noah story from the book of Genesis.
In actual numbers, YouVersion reports during the opening weekend that the Noah story was read or listened to on the app 389,794 times—or about 129,931 times per day. It’s the highest number of people exploring that passage that they’ve ever experienced. (Charisma News)
How amazing is that?? 300 percent more people turned to the Bible to see what the real story was! We can certainly thank Aronofsky for that even if it wasn’t his intention.
The Bible says this:
But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive. (Genesis 50:20)
Aronofsky may have meant evil against God and His Word. Satan certainly did. But if the end result is “to save many people alive,” then God be praised!
The choice to see Noah is up to you. If you expect scriptural accuracy, you will be sorely disappointed. Yet if you simply want to be entertained, then you’re set!