I love the story of Noah in Genesis. I love it so much that I named a son for Mr. Noah.
I also wrote a chapter about Noah in a compilation entitled, What Really Happened in Ancient Times. I know a little about the guy.
So, when the movie, Noah, came out, I thought it would be great to go see it. I didn’t expect it to be accurate. Hollywood rarely gets it right (if ever). I did, however expect to be entertained.
In fact, not only did the film get the story completely wrong (no exaggeration) it was also boring and ridiculous. I expected it to be at least a little bit believable. But instead of a Biblical epic, I thought I’d dropped into some sort of Transformers movie. I wanted to walk out, but I also wanted to write this review, so I stayed.
I couldn’t believe how bad the script was. The writers’ determination to avoid Biblical accuracy resulted in a script so ludicrous it bordered on comedy. My husband and I have never rolled our eyes as much as we did while viewing this movie, and we’ve been married over 32 years.
Whenever the characters on the screen spewed some absurd philosophical line, my husband invented fictional scripture references and whispered them into my ear. “That’s from the first book of Gopher Wood chapter one verse 13.”
Here are just a few of my issues with this movie.
- It misleads people and confuses their theology. Seriously, I’ve been in Christian Education for more than 30 years. I’ve heard it all. I’ve met people who thought they would become angels when they get to heaven and children who don’t have any idea who Jesus is. They’ve never heard the Christmas story. Believe it or not, there are children growing up in rural America who know nothing about Him. If they watch this movie they will be terribly confused for reasons I’ll discuss below.
- The filmmakers went beyond artistic license by contradicting the Bible and depicting the fallen angels as “good” and Noah as an evil, murdering madman intent on slaughtering his grandchildren.
- The Bible tells us in Genesis that Noah walked with God. In Ezekiel he’s described as righteous. Peter wrote that he was a preacher of righteousness. Hebrews 11:7 says, “By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith”
- God is depicted as vicious and cruel. If a child or non-Christian sees this film, why would they ever want to know more about such a God? The film sends the message that God is Someone who wants to kill babies. My heart breaks to think a child could ever believe that of God. God is love, merciful, gracious. He is nothing like He’s portrayed in the movie. And if you don’t think a movie can influence someone’s doctrine, consider Bill Maher’s reaction (warning, strong language):
It’s about a psychotic mass murderer who gets away with it, and his name is God. Genesis says God was so angry with himself for screwing up when he made mankind so flawed — rrrrr — that he sent the flood to kill everyone! Everyone! Men, women, children, babies. What kind of tyrant punishes everyone just to get back at the few he’s mad at? I mean, besides Chris Christie.
Hey God, you know you’re kind of a dick when you’re in a movie with Russell Crowe, and you’re the one with anger issues. [Source: Bill Maher Disses Noah]
- The fallen angels in the film are the good guys and they help build the ark. (!!!) Instead of eternal judgment, these damned creatures go “back to the Creator.” The audience assumes they’re forgiven. Uhm, no. that ain’t in the Bible.
- Instead of hearing God’s voice, Noah drinks a potion to have a vision. Say what?
- Environmentalism is the main them along with vegetarianism and paganism. Humans bad. Animals and the earth good.
- Basic facts of the story were skewed. Note these details:
There are so many things wrong with this movie I could literally write thousands of words discussing it. However, I want you to keep reading my blog, so I won’t belabor the point. Instead, I’ll point you to three of my favorite reviews:
What’s your review of the film?