Whether you are “religious” or not. Most of us can agree that when it comes to turning a historical story into a film, staying true to the essence of the story is vital for an audience to remotely enjoy it.
There have been tremendous mixed reviews about Darren Aronofsky‘s “Noah” starring Russel Crowe. When you first think of the name “Noah” immediately your mind goes to the Biblical version, and rightfully so. The greatest historical story ever told about a man named “Noah” is found in the Bible (book of Genesis) whether you read it for “entertainment” pleasure or as a moral guide for your faith, you can appreciate the message in the story.
After watching many Vlog reviews and reading reviews from “mainstream” Hollywood critics, so many mixed messages about the film were found that it would make one apprehensive about seeing the film (if you have not already).
If you have seen some of the claims by Paramount and read the articles you are convinced that this film stays true to the essence of the biblical story right? Well, apparently not. Nevermind Paramounts claim of ” We believe that this film is true to the essence, values, and integrity of a story that is a cornerstone of faith for many people worldwide, the story of Noah can be found in the book of Genesis”.
So two things we can agree on based on that statement. 1. They were clearly “inspired” by the BIBLICAL version of Noah (what other historical figure existed by the name of Noah?) and 2. According to the statement that Aronofsky’s version is “true to the essence and values of the story of Noah”. Here is the catch, this version was depicted by a self-proclaimed atheist! If that alone does not question the potential deception of the film I don’t know what else does.
Based on in depth research and actually reading the story for yourself before seeing the film (which I recommend you do) you can find it in that little dusty book you have shelved in your bottom drawer or book case. You will find that Aronofsky’s version is actually opposite of the story and “demonizes” the character of the Real Noah in the bible. I mean did anyone ever question why we saw in the previews Noah charging at the “unrighteous” people with a sword? Last time I checked, Noah was just responsible for building the ark, the flood was responsible for washing away the people who refused to board the ark. That was red flag number two.
Here is a general list as to why Aronofsky’s Noah is a crock of (expletive) and why it should only be taken as pure entertainment and a remake of the atheist version of Noah and has nothing to do with the actual biblical version and should NOT be a deciding factor of whether you believe in God or not after seeing this film. But don’t take my word for it take a look at reviews and the biblical findings backing up the fact that Aronofsky was a bit off base.
1. Darren Aronofsky is an Atheist (why would an atheist stay true to a God believing story)
2. In the film (according to GoodFight.org) Noah had a “spiritual” advisor aka “witch doctor” who guides Noah. (Nowhere in the Noah story does he have a spiritual advisor, the only advisement he is receiving is directly from God).
3. In a slashfilm.com interview Aronofsky says “I don’t think it’s a very religious story…I think it’s a great fable (fiction) that’s part of many different religions and spiritual practices”. The only “religion” it comes from is Christianity and Noah’s story is not used as a spiritual “practice”. It is a historical witnessing sort of speak.
4. In The Hollywood Reporter article “Daren Aronofsky opens on the bibilical battle to WOO Christians and everyone else”. A study found on faithdrivenconsumer.com that more than 5,000 responses found that 98% are not “statisfied with a biblically themed movie-designed to appeal to you-which REPLACES the Bible’s core message with one created by Hollywood. Paramount was concerned about losing their investment to particularly Christian audiences (the audience most inclined to see the film just based on the name) so stating false claims that the film was true to the scripture of the actual story was just a way for them to “fill in the seats” and the rest with “everyone else). Bottom line MONEY. Aronofsky’s response to that “anything you’re expecting, you’re F**ing Wrong.”-Huffingtonpost.com March 11th 2014 and “Noah is the least biblical biblical film ever made.” Digitalspy.com March 11, 2014
5. Russell Crowe who plays Noah, states in his own words “ you know the funny thing with people is that they consider Noah to be this benevolent figure, you know, because he looked out for the animals, aww Noah, Noah and the animals. It’s like, are you kidding me?) This is a guy who stood by and watched the population of the planet perish, he’s not benevolent.” (Entertainment Tonight June 2013). While it may be easy to assume that. according to the biblical version scripture states that Noah was a RIGHTEOUS man who had favor in the eyes of God, (Genesis 6:8-9). I highly doubt God would appoint Noah to build an ark and save all animals and people who chose to go in the ark with him to a man who was “evil” or a murderer. Think about it if Noah was a callus, unloving guy, he would have only looked out for his family and totally disregard the people who were willing to take a leap of faith join him in the ark along with the animals. In addition in the book of Peter it states that Noah was a “Preacher of the Righteous”, what do preachers do? Um, last time I checked they “preach” or report the word of God. Noah was clearly instructed on what to do and give warning about the flood. Clearly a selfish and uncaring person would have stood by and said, “Thanks, but no thanks God I will keep the information to myself and build an ark big enough for myself, forget everyone else.”
Still don’t believe me? Take a look at some video blog reviews
What are your thoughts on the film and what the people are saying?