Friday, March 28, 2014

Film Review: Darren Aronofsky's "Noah"

"The Film Noah is a very upsetting and unorthodox retelling of one of the Bible's Hero's of Faith"

Synopsis: In a world ravaged by human sin, Noah is given a divine mission: to build an Ark to save creation from the coming flood.

Darren Aronofsky's Noah started out good but ultimately missed the point of one of Genesis's most powerful stories. The film opens with creation and shows God's master design of the universe including planet earth. Later the film fast forwards to Adam and Eve and shows their subsequent fall due to sin.Soon after Adam and Eve bear Cain and Abel and Cain kills Abel making him a marked man. Cain later flees and has children of his own which create the film's antagonist. Adam and Eve have another son named Seth who later fathers Methuselah (played by Sir Anthony Hopkins). Noah (played by Russel Crowe) is a direct descendant of Seth and mostly serves as the Film's protagonist. We wanted to like the film Noah however the numerous misinterpretations and blatant revisionism of the account is disgusting and upsetting.

Aronofsky's portrayal of the Fallen Angels (Watchers) is inaccurate and laughable at best. Fallen Angels did not help Noah create or build the Ark. The Book of Enoch as well as the Book of Daniel addresses various classes of watchers and describes them as "Holy" or fallen. The fallen angels are responsible for unnatural human sexual union's and the grotesque offspring that they produced (e.g The Nephalim, Goliath) as well as pyramids and weapons. There is not one place in the Bible that express that their is salvation for Fallen Angels, and Fallen Angels were not exiled for helping mankind but actually were expelled for a rebellion in heaven and trying to overthrow God.

Another point of controversy in the film is Noah's detachment from humanity. The film swears that it is due to the direct orders of God however this inaccurate. In Genesis 6:3, it states that "Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years." The truth is that there wasn't anyone that paid Noah any attention or that even tried to turn from evil and pursue God. The film also portrays Noah attempting to kill his granddaughters and also being at odds with his sexually frustrated teenage son "Ham". Which is again another fabrication of Hollywood; Genesis " 7:3 states "On that very day Noah and his sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth, together with his wife and the wives of his three sons, entered the ark."

Even before its release, Noah was mired in controversy. Some Christians have praised the film for its themes of redemption and love winning out over malevolence, while others regale it for taking so many creative liberties with the biblical account.

Director Darren Aronofsky offers a spectacular and often moving story, but it's obviously not the story of Noah. There's more Tolkien/Spartacus than Bible; To be honest really, there's more of Aronofsky himself than both of those. Perhaps this director made the Creator in his own image—full of mercy, magic and environmental sobriety. If you uncouple the movie from the Bible and take Noah as imaginative, fantastic fiction, it can begin to work. But hooked as it is to such a sacred narrative, well, let's just say it'll be hard for us to swallow this whole this fractious fable.

Batman fans expect Batman movies to stay mostly true to the book. History buffs are known to require historical dramas to follow actual history. I think it's reasonable, then, for Christians to ask that the stories most precious to them be treated with faithfulness—and that movies based on them would, y'know, stay at least in the ballpark. But Mr. Aronofsky has chosen a different track, and so the ancient truth about Noah becomes more of a pretext for Middle-earth rock monsters(Nepahlim) and a tormented, half-mad Noah ready to kill his own kin.

All in all it is an entertaining film but if you want to know the real story of Noah, God, Creation and Redemption; start with Genesis.