Skip to comments.Film Review: In ‘Noah,’ a hard rain
Posted on 03/27/2014 8:04:24 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
Most religious movies feel as if theyre made by a church committee, but every now and then a wild-eyed prophet wanders in and rattles the theater with brimstone. Regardless of your feelings about either movie, Mel Gibsons The Passion of the Christ qualifies and so does Martin Scorseses The Last Temptation of Christ. Now director Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan, The Wrestler) has ascended to the mountaintop and returned with the strangest, most visionary cinematic parable yet.
Noah is equal parts ridiculous and magnificent, a showmans folly and a madmans epic. It elaborates on the Book of Genesiss slender story of Noah and the Ark with subplots and additional characters and computer-generated effects that would have Cecil B. DeMille drooling. If that stands to put off the faithful, many of them, and many others besides, may be won back by the films ambitious seriousness of purpose.
Aronofsky and co-writer Ari Handel are working on a vast, primeval scale here, as if they were carving their story out of rock. The movie hacks away at big ideas, too: mans stewardship of his planet, mans relationship with his Creator, the line where righteousness becomes mania. The parts of Noah that dont work really, truly dont. But the parts that do almost sweep you away in the flood.
First things first: Russell Crowe turns out to be perfectly cast in the title role. Hes big, hes implacable, he can turn on a dime from sensitivity to mournful fanaticism. Most importantly, he carries himself with the authority the sheer moral weight of an Old Testament patriarch.
(Excerpt) Read more at bostonglobe.com ...
EXCERPT FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES :
Noah, one of the last descendants of the peaceful line of Seth, is a vegetarian and a nomad, camping out on the brown hillsides with his wife (Jennifer Connelly) and their children. The family is occasionally harassed by marauders from the line of Cain, a clan that has blighted the planet with greed and industry, killing off animals and strip-mining precious minerals. Their leader is a shaggy, bellowing warlord named Tubal-Cain (Ray Winstone), conveniently the object of Noahs justified vengeance as well as of fully merited divine judgment.
Is that a parody?
“is a vegetarian”
True by Gn 1:28, but when he steps off the ark, Noah is told to change his vegan ways by the Creator (Gn 9):
“All the beasts of earth, and the winged things of the sky, and the creeping things of earth, are to go in fear and dread of you, and I give you dominion over all the fishes of the sea.
This creation that lives and moves is to provide food for you;”
STRIP-MINING PRECIOUS METALS??
Everything I have read about this movie makes it out to be a total and complete pile of crap where adherence to that actual biblical story is concerned.
Don’t waste your money and don’t support those that would distort and twist this wonderful story.
I will be interested in hearing what Michael Medved has to say. He is a bit too mainstream Republican and Rhino for me, but he is very good at breaking down a film. If half of what Glen Beck says is true, which is often the case, it should be a scathing review.
i have not seen it... do not know if i will see it in the theatre, as i rarely go... but Russell Crowe is one of my faves, and i like that he has re-teamed with Jennifer Connelly... i thought they were superb in A Beautiful Mind...
Wow this sounds truly awful. Hollyweird and the self-hating JINO Aronofsky won’t get my cash.
that must have been quite strange... but yummy! i love meat!
“Noah, one of the last descendants of the peaceful line of Seth, is a vegetarian and a nomad, camping out on the brown hillsides with his wife (Jennifer Connelly) and their children. The family is occasionally harassed by marauders from the line of Cain, a clan that has blighted the planet with greed and industry, killing off animals and strip-mining precious minerals. Their leader is a shaggy, bellowing warlord named Tubal-Cain (Ray Winstone), conveniently the object of Noahs justified vengeance as well as of fully merited divine judgment.”
So basically Noah was a wimp and took his ball and left. Just so happens it was rainy season.
That its purpose is 'serious' I have no doubt. That its purpose is the subversion of a biblical story for non-biblical (even anti-biblical) purposes, I also have no doubt. Consider me not won back.
He took everyone’s balls.
I’ve heard there’s not one single reference to God in the movie. God told Noah to build the ark, so how did they get around that one in the script?
That plot line is hilarious.
Did you make that up yourself?
Yeah, they must have got that from the fact that Tubal-cane worked metals.
Let’s not neglect the rock-covered angelic beings that help Noah build the ark!
Couldn’t be any worse, or could it, than THE TEN COMMANDMENTS, SAMSON AND DELILAH or SODOM AND GOMORRAH (1962), or a dozen other awful Italian epics.
De Mille’s films were well over the top, but never dull!
"It's not the accuracy of the plot but the seriousness of the purpose."
RE: That plot line is hilarious.
Did you make that up yourself?
No, It was from the New York Times film review:
What do you get when you cross a joke with a rhetorical question?
The movie Noah? ;-)
If God isn’t mentioned in the movie, what about Mother Gaia?
I’m definitely giving this one a pass. They can get their ticket money from the Greenie Loonies.
Honestly, if this is a movie about cleansing the earth of humanity acting in their best interests (NOT for their SIN, but because humanity dared mine minerals) then it’s another waste of time from Hollywood.
In other words, if the sin of man is equated to industrialism and resource exploitation, then it completely misses the lesson of the story. And might even be blasphemous to boot.
Sounds like one to wait until it’s available out of theater so to speak. I would want to give them as little money as possible, in case my suspicions turn out to be correct.
Sorry, but who gives a rats *^s about what the Boston Globe has to say about anything remotely connected to the Bible.
As for me, I stopped reading when the writer equated the sacrilegious movie “The Last temptation Of Christ” in any way with “The passion of Christ”.
After that sentence, anything this writer says is worthless and should be ignored!
Besides, it’s from the Boston Globe for crying out loud. Since when does anyone care about a review from them on a movie about Biblical history?
Glenn Beck, the Mormon who believes Jesus and Satan are brothers, and that Muslims, Jews, and Christians worship the same God.
Now that’s a guy who we should listen to when it comes to religious matters. NOT!
I give Beck his due on political matters, but when it comes to religious matters, the guy is a fool, in every sense of the word as described in the book of Proverbs!
I heard the same thing. God is not mentioned. Supposedly, there is reference made to the 'Creator'.
The 'Creator' is only one aspect of God. I refuse to see this movie.
It just occurred to me, after reading your post, that the Holiness of God is what they were excluding by only referring to “The Creator”. The Creator is a “deist” reference, like He created it and just let it go.
The “cause” of the flood in this movie was that creation was upset at the exploitation of the earth.
The omission of the word SIN should be noted. The earth had to be cleansed of SIN, ie, offense to God’s Holiness.
This is one topic that the left DOES NOT want to acknowledge.
Ty Burr is a big liberal — the sort who mockingly puts the term “liberal media” in scare quotes. He’s “gotten the memo” that this film is to be promoted. Gotta get those conservative bitter clingers in to see it, eh, Ty?
(Oh, I’ll eventually see it, I suspect. Just not at $12.50.)
It is outrageous, isn't it? Why does anybody listen to this guy?
Like you, any mention of the Bible reminds me of my bitter hatred of Mormons, Taoists, and licorice.
I refuse to see this movie while Mormons walk this earth.
Very good post.
Not only was man a vegetarian, but so were all the animals, which explains why the lions didn't try to eat the lambs while aboard the ark.
Genesis 1:30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.
Noah was able to bring all the animals aboard the ark because, prior to the flood, being vegetarian, animals and man co-existed peacefully.
Genesis 9:2 And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth upon the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered.
And, when Jesus returns to claim his Kingdom we shall all return to our vegetarian ways and peacefully co-exist with all creation.
Isaiah 11:6 The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.
7 And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
8 And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice' den.
9 They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.
Last Temptation grossed about 8.4 million dollars total, yet it has been the first, or second religious movie to the left for what, about 25 years or so? No one saw it, no one ever will, yet it is kept front and center by the media.
One review of negativeness, http://www.christianitytoday.com/edstetzer/2014/february/noah-five-negative-features-about-this-film.html.
But it seems to never occur to many that Nosh apparently had 120 years (Gn. 6:3) to gather and domestic (as much as they could be) animals, leaning husbandry, and build the Ark, and take only the smallest of such? No giraffes sticking their neck out some window.
And it likely had never rained, (Gn. 2:6) and had vast stores of water under the earth and much in the clouds? (Gn. 1:68)
The Passion of the Christ
Domestic: $370,782,930 60.6%
+ Foreign: $241,116,490 39.4%
= Worldwide: $611,899,420
The Last Temptation of Christ
Domestic: $8,373,585 100.0%
+ Foreign: n/a 0.0%
= Worldwide: $8,373,585
I liked Bill Cosby’s Noah skit done 40 years ago.
RE: I liked Bill Cosbys Noah skit done 40 years ago.
You mean this video:
Can't watch right now but it featured a skeptical Noah who answered God's instructions sarcasticly "RIGHT"
Hollywood thinks we’re so stupid that if they put their liberal message in a bible setting that we’ll buy it.
Conservatives need to make a movie with an Al Gore look-alike in a liberal college setting that LOOKS like a liberal movies, but the movie really pushes Christianity. I’m sure liberals would be thrilled.
About as ‘thrilled’ as we are...
And George Bush as the devil.
Its Hollywood; not Holywood.
And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the Lord shut him in. (Genesis 7:16)
In the meantime, pass the burgers.
Review by Randall Price ...
Noah, The Film: All Washed Up
Unicorns are murdered in this movie, I will not see it.