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The film is inspired by the story of Noah. While artistic license has been taken, we believe that this film is true to the essence, values and integrity of a story that is a cornerstone of faith for millions of people worldwide. The biblical story of Noah can be found in the book of Genesis.
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Yes, this is basically a Jewish movie, directed by a Jew (Darren Aronofsky) and written by him and his Jewish co-writer, Ari Handel. One of the early screenings was to a group of rabbis from various Jewish denominations, who gave it a thumbs up. In fact, I believe this is the first-ever major movie with a biblical theme that presents a Jewish POV on the story. That alone deserves a lot of kudos to a director who did NOT pander to the dominant culture in America.
So no, it does not stick to the common Christian understanding of the biblical text -- which is rather short and sketchy anyway, with no real character development. However, the Bible is only a small percentage of the sacred writings that Jews have. Aronofsky also consulted the Talmud, Midrash, Zohar, Book of Enoch, and other extra-biblical sources. Then you have the flood traditions in the Gilgamesh Epic, the story of Atlantis, the Hopi Indians, etc., plus archaological and historical data on what such an early culture might look like. Remember your Bible: "Tubal-Cain, who forged all instruments of copper and iron" (Genesis 4:22) which would place this story in the late Bronze or early Iron Age. People back then did not dress in biblical robes.Read more ›
In some other respects, the movie does less well. The traditional story of Noah is a straightforward morality tale about mankind. Aronofsky insisted on respinning it as a not very convincing environmental cautionary tale about a pre-industrial age. He also chose to rewrite the story of Noah and his sons and their respective wives in order to invent a disturbing and almost lethal family drama inside the Ark. At the end, the message of the movie is quite confusing.
Judging from other reviews, viewers with no particular commitment to the original story of Noah like the movie. Those viewers with expectations of a faithful adaptation of the original story are likely to be disappointed. Judge accordingly.
Either way, the special effects are sporadic in quality. Some FX are pretty good while others are kind of fake, but the overall theme, with good actors make this worth watching. Other more devote people may hate this movie. Non religious people may not like it because the don't go for religious movies. I guess what held my attention best was the deviation from the bible and the way the movie, it's creators, and writers told the story of Noah from a different group religious people, the Gnostics. I guess I've just been interested in their texts and how they differ from what made it into the bible. Don't get me wrong this isn't a documentary. I'm sure the people who worked on the movie put in their own flourishes, but in the end I did like it. And who doesn't like Russel Crow and Emma Stone?
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I could not begin to write anything as deep, comprehensive or supportive as Rabbi Yonassan Gershom's review, so feel free to read it for an in depth review. Read morePublished 13 hours ago by Charlene
totally left the Lord out of it. very disappointed. The one with Jon Voight is much better. Noah's Ark.Published 1 day ago by Angie