- Posted March 29, 2014 by
San Diego, California
This iReport is part of an assignment:
CHRISTIANS NEED TO CHILL FOR "NOAH."
I was at the first showing of the new Noah" movie at Clairemont Square movie theater when it was released on Friday, March 28, 2014. Being very curious about the film, I made sure to see it as soon as possible.
Parts of the production were absolutely beautiful. Especially when the film documents how the world was formed--the colors and the photography were breath-taking.The Bible was even quoted here!
Rotten Tomatoes noted "With sweeping visuals grounded by strong performances in service of a timeless tale told on a human scale, Darren Aronofsky's Noah brings the Bible epic into the 21st century." Yes, the performances were strong. The actors and actresses cast were stellar. Although I personally dislike Russell Crowe to an extreme, I thought he did a great job playing Noah. His brusqueness captured the qualities of the Bible Old Testament hero, who was not a perfect man by a longshot.
Bony but beautifully serene Jennifer Connolly struck just the right notes as Noah's long-suffering wife. Even Emma Watson conveyed the right amount of emotion as Noah's adopted but barren daughter.
Other parts of the movie were baffling to me--NOT because I am a Christian viewer, but what the heck are those "watcher" creatures made of rocks?
Noah did not need the help of any CGI-created 'helpers" to get the Arc ready to sail. He and his three brawny sons worked steadily, according to the Bible, to ready the ship to buffet the coming floods.
Also, it is true that the world at that time had grown exceedingly evil and was full of sin--particularly sexual sin. "Noah" shows this in one scene before the flood as a rowdy party with women being grabbed--screaming-- for a party and fences falling down with people escaping. This one scene glides over just how corrupt and sinful mankind had become.
The biblical record of life on earth before the Great Flood-- from Adam to Noah--is but a brief sketch in the Bible, specifically Genesis Chapters 4, 5, 6 and 7. The years before the Flood and the flood itself occupy Chapters 8 and 9, and Chapters 10 and 11 of Genesis.So not that much for Hollywood to work with here.
Chapter 6 of Genesis begins with a statement of the moral decay and corruption that had gradually filled the earth since the children of Adam and Eve began to populate the Pre-Flood world.
But more than the moral decay, the reason God had to release a flood upon the world & keep only the righteous Noah & his family alive and no others was specifically because God needed to eradicate the . Nephilim.
Had director Aronofsky used these creatures as fodder for his "take on the Noah story," then perhaps more Christians would be squawking less about the director's creative license taken here. A perfect example of the Nephilim would be the giant Philistine, Goliah.
Nephilim were on the earth in those days and they were considered to be the evil spawn of fallen angels and the daughters of men, The children born to the Nephilim were what was contaminating the earth at the time of the Great Flood. The crafty devil had learned how to ruin the children of God by procreating with what was made in God's image: man!
"The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the LORD was sorry that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart. So the LORD said, 'I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the ground." Now the earth was [thoroughly] corrupt in God's sight, and the earth was filled [continually] with violence. And God saw the earth, and behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way upon the earth." (Genesis 6:1-12)
"But Noah found favor [grace] in the eyes of the LORD. Noah was a righteous man and blameless in his generation. Noah walked with God. And Noah had three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth." It was THEY who built the Arc--not the Iron Men creatures that turned the movie "Noah" into a version of a special-effects laden holiday studio flick!
"Accordingly, the only way to rid the earth of the Nephilim who had ruined mankind was to flood the world with cleansing water and start all over again.
What a better movie "Noah would have been had it cleaved more closely with the Bible's true story. Not because I am a Christian zealot but because the true story of WHY God had to send the flood is so much better than fluffing up this "Noah" movie with a bunch of CGI added baloney.
Having said that, I would recommend the movie because it was entertaining. A little bit long at almost two and a half hours but well worth it. Lastly, it would be good to go if only to show Hollywood producers and money men that there's gold in them their Christian (inspired) films!