Why I Will Recommend Noah
There has been no shortage of controversy over the release of “Noah”. Various heavyweights from evangelical and pop cultures have had plenty to say about it. I always appreciate reading different reviews of the movies I’ve attended. It is destined to be a hit ﬁnancially. And I don’t mind encouraging my friends to see it; to add the cost of their ticket to Paramount’s coffers. (Don’t even get me started on the cost of popcorn.)
This movie was deep and emotional for me. During the closing moments of the ﬁlm, I was nearly sobbing. I am not usually emotional at movies. As soon as I was able to collect my self and compose a entry, I wrote on Facebook and Twitter these words:
Saw Noah. Perfect. Emotional. Beautiful. Exquisite. Powerful. Not inerrant. Not inspired. But inspiring.
I think I might retract the word “
”. It might be a little over the top. (Was it the emotion speaking for me?) But I stand by my tweet, so speak. Here’s why:
1.“Noah” takes seriously the main issues of sin, mercy, and judgement. Yes, I know that the movie doesn’t contain the word “God”, but uses instead of the generic “the Creator”. But the lesson is still the same: the Creator is set to judge the world. And He should. The scenes of carnage, violence, evil, rape, abuse, are a blight on the intentions of the Creator. (All the scenes of the evil of humanity are PG-13, by the way. If you let your kids see the Orcs in Lord of the Rings, you should be good.) Bottom line: the Creator is not dead or distant…but He is not happy.
2.The movie describes an antediluvian world where miracles and extra-natural events take place. There are animals that are mythical to us, the Watchers (The rock-people who are like the Ents in LOTR.), some phosphorescent substance of the earth that is ignitable, and many other features of the fantasy world of the directors mind. These things take the biblical narrative and stretch it. Of course they do. But these imaginings carry along the main plot: evil has entered the world because of the Fall; it must be stopped. But can it be?
3.There is a beautiful symmetry to the entire movie. The goodness and obedience of Noah (superbly played by Russell Crowe) is the counterweight to the outright and vicious nature of Tubal-cain. For me, without spoiling the movie for those who will see it, I loved the dramatic juxtaposition of the titanic struggle of the two men to kill (in the belly of the ship) vs. the pangs of labor and fear from the two women to bring new life at the top of the ark. I saw a Cain/Able motif between the two sons of Noah. Lastly, in the midst of a decadent world, there are still good believers who care about life, especially the life of the unborn. Wow. Children and family are important to the future of the human race. We need to get that.
4.In my opinion, the Darren Aronofsky (director) treated the stories of the bible with respect. Noah is like a new Adam, to be sure. That is the reading of the Genesis story. And Noah and his wife are reunited in heart and soul in a new garden, although it is less lush. The