Thursday, March 6, 2014

Oh, Goodie! A Reason to See 'Noah'

Russell Crowe as Noah.
I was going to skip Darren Aronofsky’s new movie "Noah" (like I'm skipping "Son of God") until I read this in Raw Story a bit ago.

Some fundamentalist/literalist Christians are complaining that this is "historically inacurate," which is perfectly delightful, since the whole damn thing is based upon Christian legend and myth, and only the biblical literalists believe it to be anything but aprocyphal.

Brian Godawa, a guy who writes the kind of Christian movies nobody goes to see (you know, the ones with the rising reverential music and people so soaked with sincerity that we all want to go vomit), said this of the new movie version: “Noah is a kind of rural shaman and vegan hippie-like gatherer of herbs. Noah explains that his family tries to study and heal the world whenever possible, like a kind of environmentalist scientist." Now, that's a Noah I can get into.

Christians are raising hell because the movie has the wrong number of people in Noah's family and the wrong number of animals getting on the boat. I'm wondering if anybody asked what a "cubit" is anywhere along the way.

Godawa has another problem, too, again jumping on accuracy in something that's 100 percent without basis. “Postmodernists fancy playing God and changing the meaning of texts to suit their agenda because they believe language creates reality. Therefore, it’s okay to ‘make the Bible say what we want it to say.’ This is manipulative narcissistic nonsense[.]”

The whole movie's likely nonsense, but is it entertaining? In this version, with Russell Crowe, Anthony Hopkins and Jennifer Connelly (a lot of Oscars in there) it appears that's a possibility. I'll let you know.

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