Skip to comments.'Noah’ and ‘God’s Not Dead’: Graceless and clueless
Posted on 04/01/2014 7:18:41 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
Part of this years Lenten discipline for many religious people has been to see two bad religious movies, Noah and Gods Not Dead. Both left me longing for the comparative moral simplicity and integrity of The Wolf of Wall Street.
In Noah, the main character is a brooding, misanthropic vegan. One hopes that Russell Crowe, a fine actor, does not end up being typecast a la Charlton Heston. There just arent many parts for brooding, misanthropic vegans. The movie itself consists of tedium punctuated by anachronism, sanctimony and animated rock people. It contains just enough spiritual pretention to make you wonder afterward if you have missed something important. You havent. The movies guiding philosophy civilization bad, nature good is as complex as the one in Disneys Pocahontas. With worse music and more cannibalism.
The main problem with Gods Not Dead is not its cosmology or ethics but its anthropology. It assumes that human beings are made out of cardboard. Academics are arrogant and cruel. Liberal bloggers are preening and snarky (well, maybe the movie has a point here). Unbelievers disbelieve because of personal demons. It is characterization by caricature.
And it raises a sobering question: Do evangelicals actually view their neighbors this way, as moral types and apologetic tools? Not in my experience. Most evangelical leaders and laymen I know would recognize that the line between good and evil (to paraphrase Solzhenitsyn) runs not between groups but within every heart and that grace often moves in subversive and unpredictable ways. In general, evangelical lives are better than their art.
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I guess Gerson hasn’t been on a college campus lately.
Well, there’s always Marvel.
As I noted elsewhere...Jesus came to Save Man...not entertain him.
Movies about Our Struggles and Victories seem a better idea.
RE: I guess Gerson hasnt been on a college campus lately.
For Mr. Gerson’s edification:
Vanderbilt Professor: Christian Organizations Are Under Attack on U.S. Campuses
Calif. Professor Charged With Attacking Pro-Life Activist
Pro-life teen defiant after alleged attack by feminist professor
Court rules university violated conservative professors freedom of speech
I don’t think that Godless is a good evangelism vessel. It’s true the characters are very one dimensional, but I was entertained. It was nice to see for once the liberals being the ones wearing horns and the conservatives wearing a halo in a movie.
How shall I say this politely? This guys kind of an A-hole isn’t he? Oh and yeah Heston was definitely typecast, I can’t recall ever seeing him do anything but a biblical character in a movie! Russell Crow can only aspire to the abilities of Heston.
RE: I cant recall ever seeing him do anything but a biblical character in a movie!
How about Planet of the Apes, Soylent Green and Earthquake?
Gerson is the clueless one.
“Neo-Noah” is Gaia worship, purposely heretical.
And “God’s Not Dead” was made for the average Christian who’s demoralized by the growing attacks from our progressive secular culture. It’s not meant for brooding navel-gazing elitists like Gerson.
This is my THIRD comment on the movie from the THIRD posting of the movie.
Sorry, I'm not seeing the problem here.
Liberals ARE caricatures of human beings. That's what they DO - and they spend a lot of time and effort perfecting their craft. I think it's pretty condescending to deny their life's work.
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In regards to the movie “Noah” — what people need to realize is the studio and the director made a liberal, leftist, green, global warming and enviro-whacko PROPAGANDA HIT PIECE against the foundations of Christianity and the Bible and instead, sneaking in their enviro-whacko IDEOLOGY as the basis of the movie!
Dennis Prager, in the following Freeper posting, explains what is going on, in our culture. This movie NOAH is a prime example of how that works.
Judaism, Christianity, Environmentalism
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I saw it, too. Aside from the controversies, the film was just plain silly. The only endearing characters were the rock angels.
They were endearing, weren't they?
I wonder whose "brain child" they were. Silliest thing I ever saw.
At least now we know how that huge ark was build with...ROCKIN' labor!!
Gerson’s avoidance of the intellectual message of God’s Not Dead is blatant. The apologetic content of this movie will be deeply threatening to atheist ideology.
As for its quality, the movie is quality production with the potential to engage both mind and heart.
Ha! : )
I like the idea of Russell Crow shoveling $#)¡ 24/7 for forty days through an 18” window.
But not enough to buy a ticket.
LOL. My evangelist friend called me the other night. Says he: “Have you seen that Noah movie?” “no” “well, don’t. It’s blasphemous. When I left the theater I felt like I ought to get down on my knees and ask God to forgive me for sitting through that monstrosity.” Anyway it was funny in his deep Southern accent. I won’t be seeing the movie.
But it might be worth $8.00 to see the expression on his face when God drops by, seven days before it starts raining, and says,
“Remember what I said about two of every animal? Sure you do. Now I’m going to need *seven* each of the ‘clean’ animals. I like clean animals, and I’m particularly partial to Polar bears, brontosaurs, blue whales and Wooley mammoth.
“OK, hup, hup, hup!”
Saw them both and God’s not dead is a very uplifting movie while Noah is extremely dark garbage.
Pray America wakes up
They were fallen angels or as we call them demons
7 pairs of the clean animals
Waiting for “Heaven Is For Real” to come out.
His best movie was The Big Country with Gregory Peck, Burl Ives, Chuck Connors, Carol Baker, and Jean Simmons. My favorite and one of the best movies ever. He also was in El Cid with Sophia Loren (another great flick) and the two 70’s sci-fi things Soyleny Green and Omega Man.
What a great way to introduce the author.
Does anyone really need to know more about the author?
Everything about the movie....the settings, the plot, the direction, the acting, the music, the professional qualities is superior. It's not just a pep rally for Christians. It provides a thought provoking and intelligent defense of God.
It's really, really nice that "God's Not Dead" is doing so well that it's being acknowledged, even if negatively, by mainstream media.
(I'm more philosophical than religious, so my critique is not one that's just looking at it as a "Christian" film)
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