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Film Review: In ‘Noah,’ a hard rain
Boston Globe ^ | 03/27/2014 | Ty Burr

Posted on 03/27/2014 8:04:24 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Most religious movies feel as if they’re 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 Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” qualifies and so does Martin Scorsese’s “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 showman’s folly and a madman’s epic. It elaborates on the Book of Genesis’s 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 film’s 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: man’s stewardship of his planet, man’s relationship with his Creator, the line where righteousness becomes mania. The parts of “Noah” that don’t work really, truly don’t. 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. He’s big, he’s 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 ...


TOPICS: History; Society; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: bomb; filmreview; flop; hollywood; moviereview; noah

TWO AND A HALF OUT OF FOUR STARS
MPAA rating: PG-13
MPAA rating reasons: Violence, disturbing images, brief suggestive content, animals two by two, heavenly Transformers
Running time: 138 minutes
Cast:
Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, Emma Watson, Emma Watson, Anthony Hopkins, Logan Lerman
Director: Darren Aronofsky
Writers: Aronofsky and Ari Handel, based on the Book of Genesis
1 posted on 03/27/2014 8:04:24 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

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 Noah’s justified vengeance as well as of fully merited divine judgment.


2 posted on 03/27/2014 8:07:44 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (question is this)
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To: SeekAndFind

Is that a parody?


3 posted on 03/27/2014 8:15:21 AM PDT by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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To: SeekAndFind

“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;”


4 posted on 03/27/2014 8:22:35 AM PDT by fruser1
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To: SeekAndFind

STRIP-MINING PRECIOUS METALS??


5 posted on 03/27/2014 8:25:44 AM PDT by grania
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


6 posted on 03/27/2014 8:27:03 AM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


7 posted on 03/27/2014 8:28:07 AM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: SeekAndFind

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...


8 posted on 03/27/2014 8:28:18 AM PDT by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: SeekAndFind

Wow this sounds truly awful. Hollyweird and the self-hating JINO Aronofsky won’t get my cash.


9 posted on 03/27/2014 8:28:35 AM PDT by montag813
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To: fruser1
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;”

that must have been quite strange... but yummy! i love meat!

10 posted on 03/27/2014 8:30:48 AM PDT by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: SeekAndFind

“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 Noah’s 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.


11 posted on 03/27/2014 8:33:02 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz ("Heck of a reset there, Hillary")
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To: SeekAndFind
If that stands to put off the faithful, many of them, and many others besides, may be won back by the film’s ambitious seriousness of purpose.

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.

12 posted on 03/27/2014 8:35:08 AM PDT by Oberon (John 12:5-6)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

He took everyone’s balls.


13 posted on 03/27/2014 8:39:08 AM PDT by Gadsden1st
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To: SoConPubbie

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?


14 posted on 03/27/2014 8:39:48 AM PDT by kevao (Biblical Jesus: Give your money to the poor. Socialist Jesus: Give your neighbor's money to the poor)
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To: SeekAndFind

That plot line is hilarious.

Did you make that up yourself?


15 posted on 03/27/2014 8:41:26 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: grania

Yeah, they must have got that from the fact that Tubal-cane worked metals.


16 posted on 03/27/2014 8:42:02 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: montag813

Let’s not neglect the rock-covered angelic beings that help Noah build the ark!


17 posted on 03/27/2014 8:42:47 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: SeekAndFind

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.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0056504/?ref_=fn_al_tt_2

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0049833/?ref_=nv_sr_1

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0041838/?ref_=nv_sr_1

De Mille’s films were well over the top, but never dull!


18 posted on 03/27/2014 8:43:38 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: SeekAndFind
...may be won back by the film’s ambitious seriousness of purpose.

"It's not the accuracy of the plot but the seriousness of the purpose."

19 posted on 03/27/2014 8:44:20 AM PDT by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: MrB

RE: That plot line is hilarious.

Did you make that up yourself?

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No, It was from the New York Times film review:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/28/movies/russell-crowe-confronts-lifes-nasty-weather-in-noah.html


20 posted on 03/27/2014 8:45:38 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (question is this)
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To: SeekAndFind

What do you get when you cross a joke with a rhetorical question?


21 posted on 03/27/2014 8:47:01 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: MrB; SeekAndFind

The movie Noah? ;-)


22 posted on 03/27/2014 8:50:32 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


23 posted on 03/27/2014 8:51:19 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


24 posted on 03/27/2014 8:58:24 AM PDT by FourtySeven (47)
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To: SeekAndFind

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?


25 posted on 03/27/2014 9:01:46 AM PDT by OneVike (I'm just a Christian waiting for a ride home)
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To: Jim from C-Town

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!


26 posted on 03/27/2014 9:06:20 AM PDT by OneVike (I'm just a Christian waiting for a ride home)
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To: kevao
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?

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.

27 posted on 03/27/2014 9:29:10 AM PDT by kidd
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To: kidd

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.


28 posted on 03/27/2014 9:32:47 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: SeekAndFind

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?

No sale.

(Oh, I’ll eventually see it, I suspect. Just not at $12.50.)


29 posted on 03/27/2014 9:35:38 AM PDT by pogo101
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To: OneVike
Glenn Beck, the Mormon who believes...

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.

30 posted on 03/27/2014 9:50:04 AM PDT by laotzu
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To: MrB

Very good post.


31 posted on 03/27/2014 9:52:27 AM PDT by kidd
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To: fruser1
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):

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.

32 posted on 03/27/2014 10:05:34 AM PDT by Ol' Dan Tucker (People should not be afraid of the government. Government should be afraid of the people)
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To: SeekAndFind
Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” qualifies and so does Martin Scorsese’s “The Last Temptation of Christ.”

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.

33 posted on 03/27/2014 10:19:26 AM PDT by ansel12 ((Libertarianism offers the transitory concepts and dialogue to move from conservatism, to liberalism)
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To: Jim from C-Town

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)


34 posted on 03/27/2014 11:31:42 AM PDT by daniel1212 (Come to the Lord Jesus as a contrite damned+destitute sinner, trust Him to save you, then live 4 Him)
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To: ansel12

From Boxofficemojo
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


35 posted on 03/27/2014 11:34:07 AM PDT by packrat35 (Pelosi is only on loan to the world from Satan. Hopefully he will soon want his baby killer back)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...
I'm not a fan of GB, but this made me laugh: Glenn Beck Saw ‘Noah’ Over the Weekend, and He’s Calling It the ‘Babylonian Chainsaw Massacre’. Thanks SeekAndFind.
36 posted on 03/27/2014 11:49:20 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/alreadyposted/index)
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To: SeekAndFind

I liked Bill Cosby’s Noah skit done 40 years ago.


37 posted on 03/27/2014 11:59:31 AM PDT by AU72
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To: AU72

RE: I liked Bill Cosby’s Noah skit done 40 years ago.

You mean this video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bputeFGXEjA


38 posted on 03/27/2014 12:06:57 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (question is this)
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To: SeekAndFind
RE: I liked Bill Cosby’s 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"

39 posted on 03/27/2014 12:10:09 PM PDT by AU72
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To: SeekAndFind

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...


40 posted on 03/27/2014 12:14:54 PM PDT by GOPJ (NASA: N othing A bout S pace A nymore - - FreperClearCase_guy)
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To: AU72
Russell Crowe cannot top this! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfU92tDr8rg
41 posted on 03/27/2014 12:25:32 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (question is this)
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To: EQAndyBuzz
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.

And George Bush as the devil.

42 posted on 03/27/2014 3:50:08 PM PDT by daniel1212 (Come to the Lord Jesus as a contrite damned+destitute sinner, trust Him to save you, then live 4 Him)
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To: kevao
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?

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)

43 posted on 03/27/2014 3:51:58 PM PDT by daniel1212 (Come to the Lord Jesus as a contrite damned+destitute sinner, trust Him to save you, then live 4 Him)
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To: Ol' Dan Tucker
And, when Jesus returns to claim his Kingdom we shall all return to our vegetarian ways and peacefully co-exist with all creation.

In the meantime, pass the burgers.

44 posted on 03/27/2014 3:54:33 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator
In the meantime, pass the burgers.

Hear, hear!

45 posted on 03/27/2014 4:21:25 PM PDT by Ol' Dan Tucker (People should not be afraid of the government. Government should be afraid of the people)
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To: SeekAndFind

Review by Randall Price ...

Noah, The Film: All Washed Up
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/3138756/posts


46 posted on 03/29/2014 12:30:54 PM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: SeekAndFind

Unicorns are murdered in this movie, I will not see it.


47 posted on 03/29/2014 12:37:32 PM PDT by pbear8 (the Lord is my light and my salvation)
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