There has been a lot of buzz about the upcoming movie Noah, both positive and negative.
But the comments that stick out mostly in my mind are from people that say they are NOT going to see it for some reason or another. Usually the justification people use for this attitude is some aspect of the trailer they did not like or they heard someone say it is not true to the Bible.
My perspective is this.
Firstly, we don’t get too many big budget Bible based movies, so we must avail ourselves when one does get made. For years Christians have been asking why Hollywood doesn’t make movies based on the Bible anymore. Finally they make start making them and first thing many Christians do is immediately start shooting them down. This the first time there has been a serious effort to do Noah as a standalone movie , whether they got it perfect or not let’s support it and maybe we will see more Bible movies.
Secondly, the story of Noah is only 1632 words long. 1632 words is just two type written pages. For comparison my recently published novel is over 83000 words long. To turn a sixteen hundred word story in to a two hour movie OF COURSE you must add stuff. (For those of you who have been living under a rock it is called “Artistic License”. ) A better comparison is the movie “King of Kings” staring Jeffery Hunter made in 1961 pretty much covers the all four Gospels and is only 2 3/4 hours long. From my understanding they have even used elements of the book of Enoch in Noah. Enoch is the most interesting and oldest books on the planet. The book of Enoch is even referenced in the Bible more than once. (Genesis 6: 2 -6:4 and Jude 1:14 ) . If you have not read the book of Enoch you should. It explains the mystery of the giants mentioned in Genesis among other questions.
Thirdly, many people have pointed out that the guy making Noah, Darren Aronofsky, is an Atheist. My reply to that is “So?” You would think Christians would be more familiar with the Bible.
“Romans 9:17 For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth.”
” Jeremiah 27:6 And now have I given all these lands into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, my servant; and the beasts of the field have I given him also to serve him.”
God used Pharaoh and Nebuchadnezzar, pagan kings, Rahab the prostitute, Moses a murderer. I could go on and on. Throughout history God has used whoever he wanted to accomplish what he wanted. Who are we to say any different? The writers said they have been careful not to mock the story, they went to great effort and expense build the ark to Biblical measurements. The writers worked and researched this movie for more than sixteen years.
Fourthly, of all the times the story of Noah has ever been pictured in film they NEVER EVER get one thing right, the water. Everyone always shows the rain but they forget the most important part. The water came up out of the ground BEFORE it fell from the sky.
Gen 7:11 In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.
Then the rain comes in verse 12.
Anyone who has saw the trailer can clearly see that the director ” Darren Aronofsky” got this right. He clearly shows the water spouting up from the earth. That detail in of itself is enough to make me want to see this movie.
Finally, my faith is strong. There may be some things in the movie that don’t line up with your or my beliefs. BUT before you decide to accuse the director of not making a Biblical movie ask yourself how much of what you believe about the story of Noah is really based on the Bible and how much is based on your perceptions of story you have formed over the years of hearing it since a child? Noah is a short Story in the Bible. There is surly much that happened during the years leading up to the flood and the time spent on the ark that is not contained in the Biblical story. Darren Aronofsky has made a movie that hypothesizes much that went on. Is your faith so week that if you view a movie that runs counter to your preconceived notions that you are going to lose faith in God?