Skip to comments.I’m a Christian and I think ‘Noah’ deserves a four star review
Posted on 03/31/2014 10:53:34 PM PDT by servo1969
On Friday, my wife and I had a very rare date night.
Naturally, we decided to spend it being pummeled by the blaring condescension of the most insipid, absurd, unimaginative, clumsily contrived piece of anti-Christian filmmaking to come along since, well, probably just last week.
In fact, if I learned anything from Noah, its this: despite popular perception, you can often judge a book by its cover. Also, giant deformed rock monsters make for awkward supporting characters.
Well meditate on that second item in a moment, but its the first point that should be especially emphasized.
Christians: youll hear people insist that you cant criticize the movie until youve seen it. Noticeably, the loudest voices in this camp are the ones who will (rather coincidentally, Im sure) profit immensely if you meet their challenge.
You can hate this film without watching it, for the same reason that you can assume Citizen Kane is slightly superior to Need For Speed, without having seen either of them.
Just use context clues. Use your judgment. Use your money on something else.
Noah is a major Hollywood blockbuster, made by an atheist director best known for his previous flick where a mentally disturbed lesbian ballerina goes insane and bleeds to death on stage. Already, a critical person might be slightly concerned about his handling of the Bible, considering what he just did to the ballet.
These concerns grew from suspicion to reality before it was even released, when the man himself came out publicly and professed Noah to be both an environmentalist propaganda piece, and the least Biblical Bible film ever made.
He wasnt lying.
But he forgot to mention that its also a terrible film.
The way I figure it, I must now convince at least two people to skip this movie in order to cancel out the twenty dollars I just contributed to Darren Aronofoskys and Russel Crowes coffers.
What better way to do that than by spoiling the entire thing?
So here goes a thorough synopsis and spoiler, which will hopefully quell your curiosity and alleviate any urge you might feel to go and experience this ridiculous train wreck for yourself:
We are first introduced to the Noah of Noah on a hill in the barren wasteland of the Fallen. In a captivating and subtle initial sequence, our protagonist castigates his son for pulling a flower out of the ground, right before rushing to the aid of an injured dog.
A scraggly band of Bad Guys soon show up with the wicked intentions of devouring the animals flesh, because, in this story, the Height of Evil is to stave off your imminent starvation by hunting wild game. (If only theyd developed Noahs ability to be a strict vegetarian in an environment almost entirely devoid of vegetation.)
The Bad Guys attack Noah, not realizing that hes a vegan Martial Arts master. Noah proceeds to kick some serious butt, leaving all of the Bad Guys bleeding on the ground.
One of them looks up at him in awe and terror. What do you want?
Justice, Noah growls with a determined gaze.
I was expecting him to then whisper, Im Batman, and disappear, but I realized that superhero movies wouldnt have dialogue nearly so clichéd as this embarrassing farce.
At any rate, Noah wants justice. Of course, this is coming from the same dude who will spend the rest of the movie contemplating murder-suicide and threatening to stab babies in the face.
But, hey, nobodys perfect.
After a troubling nightmare, Noah, for unclear reasons, sets off to find his grandfather Methuselah, who, for unclear reasons, hangs out in a cave and drinks hallucinogenic tea all day.
On the way, our heroes encounter a group of the aforementioned Rock Monsters.
The Rock Monsters a cross between the Ents from The Lord of the Rings, Transformers, and Muppets are fallen angels who came down to Earth to help the humans after mean ol God cast Adam and Eve out of Eden. The Creator was ticked at the angels for being big softies, so he cursed them and turned them into Giant Stone Gumbies.
Christian apologists for this movie have claimed that the Rock Monsters are, in fact, Biblical because Genesis does make vague mention of giants.
Thats like turning Jesus into an Olympic figure skater and calling it theologically accurate because the New Testament says he walked on water.
Still, the Rock Monsters are great unintentional comic relief, so I certainly wasnt upset to have them along for the ride.
Skimming over a few parts: Methuselah gives a roofie to Noah, prompting a hallucination about the ark. Noah and the gang and the Rock Monsters then start building the ark. More Bad Guys arrive, intending to takeover, but theyre scared off by the Rock Monsters.
In this version of the story, only one of Noahs sons, Shem, boards the ark with a wife. Ham, completely wife-less, is a tad displeased at the notion of default celibacy for the rest of his life.
Understandable, I suppose.
Eventually, he runs pouting into the woods, falls into a hole filled with corpses, and finds a girl sitting among all the dead people. They fall instantly in love the classic how we met story and the two of them head back to the ark. Unfortunately, Hams girlfriend gets caught in a bear trap and trampled by a human stampede along the way. Classic breakup story. Noah forces Ham to abandon her and leave her to die.
Ham is mad. He pouts some more.
Noah also pouts. Everybody is pouting. And then it starts pouring.
As the rains begin, the Bad Guys make their climactic charge on the boat. We are then treated to an extended sequence of Rock Monsters swatting swarms of drowning people.
Interestingly, only the Main Bad Guy comes up with the clever idea to, you know, go around the Rock Monsters.
The Main Bad Guys genius maneuver pays off, and he successfully manages to sneak onto the ark.
Luckily, Noah and crew arent forced to make room on the ship for the Rock Monsters, because theyre all ascended into heaven as a reward for kicking a bunch of humans in the head for twenty minutes.
Sadly, all of the (unintended) levity and humor goes up right along with them.
The rest of the film will now be dedicated to a brooding Noah glumly obsessing over his belief that the Creator wants all human beings to perish himself and his family included.
This forces him to have that difficult family meeting where he explains to his kids that humanity is wicked and they all must die.
But, as usual, its right when you plan the obliteration of mankind that your adopted daughter announces shes pregnant. Weve all been there. Am I right, parents?
Noah is less than happy about the news, and tells Shem and Ila that, if they have a girl, he will murder it the moment it is born.
Needless to say, Noah doesnt attend the baby shower and things are generally pretty awkward for the next nine months.
Meanwhile, as Noah plots to murder his grandkids, and Shem plots to kill Noah if he tries, the Bad Guy stowaway is also plotting with Ham to kill Noah. Ham is willing to cooperate with the homicidal plan because hes still upset that his girlfriend of four minutes was trampled to death. Essentially, this has become a floating soap opera. Think Days of Our Lives meets Waterworld.
Side note: If you doubt the Bad Guy Credentials of the Bad Guy, the writers made sure to include a scene where he bites the head off an endangered lizard while sermonizing about the glories of being a carnivore (this is how vegetarians see the rest of us). His Bad Guy Monologue consists entirely of simply and accurately quoting Scripture (this is how you identify the bad guy in a Hollywood movie).
The next several minutes of emotional-manipulation-disguised-as-plot-development center around the drama inevitably created when a dad wants to kill his grandchildren, and all of his children want to kill him in return.
Finally, in the predictable climax, the Bad Guy tries to stab Noah, but Ham getting cold feet over the whole patricide thing, I guess ultimately decides to kill the Bad Guy instead. In the midst of the chaos wouldnt ya know it? Ila goes into labor.
Shem makes a halfhearted attempt to stop Noah from becoming humanitys first abortionist, but is easily tossed to the side.
Ila gives birth to twins both girls. GASP. Noah charges at the infants with knife in hand, but has a sudden change of heart. Even though the Creator wants him to wipe out all of humanity, he refuses.
Thats when they hit land.
Next thing you know, Noah is drunk in a cave, depressed that he didnt have the guts to murder his twin granddaughters. Ah, regrets. We all have em.
Following a pep talk from Ila, Noah decides that maybe its OK if people repopulate the Earth. The Creator decides to go along with this new plan.
Ive heard the movie compared to Titanic and Gladiator. Personally, Id say its more of a cross between Mutiny on the Bounty and The Shining. Only far less coherent than any of them.
Ive also heard some Christian leaders endorse this steaming pile of heretical horse manure. Im tempted to accuse them of being cowardly, dumb, or dishonest, but Ill just give them the benefit of the doubt and assume they slept through the most troubling parts like the part at the beginning, and the end, and all of the parts in between.
Its true that it might be a bit difficult to discern the message in a film so filled with explosions (the Bad Guys have bazookas, naturally), monsters, and infanticide, but any supposed Christian leader ought to try a little harder. Pay a little closer attention. If you do, youll see a tale that entirely perverts the nature of God, while flipping sin and immorality on its head.
Aside from a brief glimpse of something that appeared to be either rape or cannibalism, wickedness is portrayed as mostly a matter of eating meat and mining the earth for resources. Noah a righteous man in the Bible is stripped of his righteousness in favor of obsessiveness. God is stripped of any characteristics at all, apart from vindictiveness.
Its not that Noah strays from the text of course it does, the actual text is only a few pages long its that the movie completely and utterly distorts the message and meaning of the original story.
This movie is not an adaptation of anything at all. As far as I can tell, both Noah the Movie and Noah the Bible story have in common: a guy named Noah, a boat, some animals.
If youre looking for a movie more obviously inspired by Biblical precepts, go see anything else. Go see The Lego Movie. Im sure even that will bear a closer resemblance to Scripture than emo Noah and his gang of Boulder Creatures.
But what if you dont care about the Bible and you just want to see a good movie? The critics seem to love this film, dont they?
Yes, they do. They love it because theyre a herd of politically correct cattle and this is a movie that theyre supposed to like. Its made by an important director. Its controversial. Its upsetting a bunch of Tea Party types.
Plot and script be damned; its already got all the necessary ingredients for critical acclaim.
Remember, these are many of the same critics who panned The Passion of the Christ a beautiful, bold, and mesmerizing retelling of the greatest story ever told.
Politics and theology aside, The Passion is art. Noah is a marketing strategy.
And, in fairness, maybe it ought to be reviewed on those terms.
You cant condemn it for being a poor Biblical adaptation, because it isnt a Biblical adaptation.
You cant condemn it for being a bad movie, because it isnt a movie.
It must be considered as it is: a gimmick. A brilliant gimmick, for sure.
If the movie studio wanted to spin a yarn about mythical beasts, epic battles, homicidal sea captains, and a pagan Earth god, they could have done so. They could have called it anything. They could have told their own story. But they called it Noah because they knew that the supposed connection to the Bible would garner immediate fascination. They knew there would be controversy, and controversy sells.
They padded it with enough action movie clichés to draw interest from secular crowds, they hid the outright blasphemy well enough to please gullible Christian crowds, and they mocked Biblical theology blatantly enough to delight the critics.
They came up with a way to make millions while exploiting the various sensibilities of different audience demographics.
That was their first and primary intention, and in it they succeeded wildly.
As an adaptation or retelling of Judeo-Christian theology, its a blatant mockery.
As a film, its like the script for a Syfy Network miniseries got shoved into a blender with the treatment for a Lifetime channel made-for-TV movie and then mixed with enough moping nihilism and environmentalist sermonizing to fool pretentious elitists into using words like daring and relevant when describing it. In other words, its aggressively abysmal.
But, as a money-making ploy, its a downright masterpiece.
Four Stars for marketing
No Stars for quality, substance, coherence, meaning, or theological accuracy.
the real story beats an athiests piece of drivel.
CLAP! CLAP! CLAP! CLAP!
BRAVOOOOO! BEST movie review, ever.
I thank you, my dog thanks you,
every life-form in my house thanks you.
Yet, it topped the box office.
That’s a fun review, but he’s wrong about one thing. “Noah” goes over the falls this weekend. It’s a one week wonder. It’s going to be a money loser in the end.
There was nothing brilliant about it. Paramount had no idea the movie would be this dreadful. Anonofsky has been exposed for the fraud he is. Ultimately, everyone loses on this one.
That was one of the funniest things I’ve read in a long time.
Thank you for posting it - in full. I’m sure a lot of other FReepers will enjoy reading it as well.
White House Down, A Good Day to Die Hard and Red Dawn(the remake) had some great action scenes. I’ll give them a 5 stars for that alone;)
How about an alternative . . .
I believe it was Mencken who said something to the effect that ‘no one ever lost money or political office by underestimating the taste of the American people.’ (Loose paraphrase)
No one in this world, so far as I knowand I have searched the record for years, and employed agents to help mehas ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people.
How about this one ...
“The bitter, of course, goes with the sweet. To be an American is, unquestionably, to be the noblest, grandest, the proudest mammal that ever hoofed the verdure of God’s green footstool. Often, in the black abysm of the night, the thought that I am one awakens me with a blast of trumpets, and I am thrown into a cold sweat by contemplation of the fact. I shall cherish it on the scaffold; it will console me in Hell. But there is no perfection under Heaven, so even an American has his small blemishes, his scarcely discernible weaknesses, his minute traces of vice and depravity.”
And no one has ever lost a bet based on my proclivity for taking liberties with quotations.
Where is our generation’s John Ford?
Well, I “WAS” going to this 8mm “epic” but, Natch...
If it’s, as the director explained, the least biblical movie...ever, then I’ll stack it like cord wood and another idiotic marketing gimmick that says “FAIL” all over it “Cesar Chavez”.
I learned nothing from that film, which was plodding and pedantic.
Oh, the details of the man. The wonders of “his” struggle.
Somehow, the movie failed to inform the uninformed and served only as what will surely be a new annual “must see” for the cause, erh LaRaza...which Chavez compared to Hitler on the order of “Today they are against the whites, tomorrow they will be against the blacks”, which of course they are.
If Noah doesn’t inform the uninformed and inspire “those in the know” or at least become something more than a used tissue, never to be seen again, then why make the movie?
The real money is to get the thing played over and over again, for the residuals.
How else are you going to retire and just keep collecting those checks hear after year?
Seems to me, from the reviews, this “Water World” Part Duex.
Mr. Gladiator will continue to receive huge residual checks for the movie which cemented his star on Holkywood but, I doubt he’ll see much of anything, ever again for a movie that swamped itself and ran into the shoals, deliberately.
Fortunately, unlike a certain actor who staked his entire career earnings on a dumpy film, which took him years to recover from, Gladiator man had the sense to show up all manly and such, making a nice payday, without risking his fortune on a shipwreck.
That was a funny and telling review.
Seems like one would feel they had been taken advantage of and been poorer for the experience.
I had intended on seeing this barge reef but, I probably have something else to do.
I’m looking forward to seeing the movie for what it is. Entertainment.
Why on earth would you ever go to a Hollywood movie otherwise? Did you think you were going to discover something new about the Story of Noah?
It’s got a 6.8 movie rating on IMDB, so that’s slightly higher than mediocre. And it grossed 48M so definitely drew alot of interest.
I never listened to Siskell and Ebert, so I’m darn sure not going to listen to you.
People who want learn things about the Bible, I suggest Church and not a Hollywood popcorn epic.
Sounds like this movie royally flips God the bird.
This is a very good and funny review.
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