The Noah movie has gotten some really mixed reviews since its theatre debut. Which side are you on? Are you a pro Noah movie go-er? Or are you a Christian who has struggled with the way it portrays this story.
There are two polarized opposite views on it, the first one being that this Hollywood block buster did not do the story justice. That it was a long movie about characters it was hard to like and it not stay close enough to the real story of Noah.
The other one being that this was indeed, a Hollywood blockbuster that has beautiful cinematography. It has Noah portrayed by Russel crowe who in my opinion plays a character that has depth and shows a real struggle. I have similar views as my friend and colleague on this blog, Cole. You can see his blog here.
The movie makes the topic of faith a much easier one to break into when talking to my friends who don’t come to church, about church!
While they were writing and filming this movie they had a biblical consultant named John Snowden. Even he him self has said, “It isn’t perfect but there are ten good reasons to see it.” Here are his ten reasons:
1. Noah has a relationship with God.
2. Noah acts faithfully, yet isn’t perfect.
3. Noah sees and acknowledges his own sin.
4. It keeps closer to more of the text than you might have imagined.
5. Noah speaks, and the women have names.
6. Noah focuses on his family.
7. The story depicts (and personifies) evil humanity in Genesis 6.
8. The film embraces some really good, important theology.
9. The film shows that Bible stories are back—in a big way.
10. Twenty-somethings are disengaged from faith, and this can engage them.
I really like all these points. Noah has a relationship with God. It has been called out that since Noah never names God as God, but instead the creator. This is causing some serious backlash. But, as a movie watcher, watching a movie about Noah, did you not come to the conclusion yourself that when they spoke about “The Creator” they were referencing God?
Noah acts faithfully but isn’t perfect. I think sitting in the dark and watching this man who knows what The Creator wants of him and still struggles. This leads him to struggles with his family, as well as within himself. Noah also sees and acknowledges his own sin, which seems to be a big point of debate. How do you feel about it?
Now, my favorite one! Number 10, Twenty-somethings are disengaged from faith and this can engage them. As a 24 year old girl who went to the movie with 3 other twenty-somethings, I am an example of that. While it’s true that I went with my Church’s Youth Leader Team and we are not disengaged from our faith, seeing this movie has led to many conversations about Noah with people who are not of Faith. The movie makes the topic of faith a much easier one to break into when talking to my friends who don’t come to church, about church!
I don’t think any movie will ever do your thoughts about the bible stories justice, but I will say that they will produce a well done, beautifully filmed and well cast movie that touches on some very important topics and will make you think.
As someone who has seen this movie and went into it with an open heart and mind knowing that I was watching a Hollywood blockbuster, it did not disappoint me. I feel like you need to have expectations of going in and seeing someone’s view of the story portrayed in the Bible. But that’s the same of any other “book” that has been made into a movie! I have never ever left a theatre and thought to myself “well, that movie was exactly like the book, and it was everything I had been imaging.” I have not once left a movie that had been made from a book and thought that the movie had been better. In my experience the book is always better.
My one last thought for you guys today is something a pastor from the states said. He said “ If you want to explain to your kids the story of Noah then I suggest you go home, pop some popcorn and settle in with your bible and read the story of Noah.” I don’t think any movie will ever do your thoughts about the bible stories justice, but I will say that they will produce a well done, beautifully filmed and well cast movie that touches on some very important topics and will make you think.
I suggest you go out, see it for yourselves and join the conversation!
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