I knew Noah was going to be a bad movie almost from the moment I read about it. Which is fine. After all, Hollywood’s propensity to produce mindless, godawful and oftentimes blasphemous flicks is something of an American tradition.
This particular film though affirms yet again my utter abhorrence of the typical American Christian, who have gone all in with the stupid.
I would imagine, maybe in a more ideal world, that Christians by and large would shun the movie and regard it as another one of Hollywood’s tired old attempts to exploit a biblical tale for the big bucks. Or certainly, would at least refrain from playing a role in enabling movies like these to continue being made by actually paying to go see it. Instead, we have some very naive Christian types who are not only enthusiastically waiting in anticipation to go see Noah, despite how badly it detracts from the original tale, but worse still, will probably think it to be entirely accurate. Such reactions will strip away the veil of their professed Christianity and expose them for the absolute frauds that they are.
Consider this comment I read on Facebook about the movie:
I’m so tired of the idiotic protests of this movie. So what if it deviates from the biblical text? Darren Aronofsky is a genius and has yet to make a bad movie. Personally I can’t wait to see what he does with the story. I’ll take a passionate filming of the story by him over a lame, by-the-numbers “faithful” version any day, any time.
Maybe some day Christians will learn to revere Jesus the same way they revere dweeby Hollywood heathens like Aronofsky. Maybe.
What really strikes me is hedonistic tone of the comment. Apparently movies can be as blasphemous as one can imagine, and yet it’s all good as long as it was passionately made (and the audience sufficiently entertained). The utter disregard for how such movies uncharitably portrays the nature and character of the God they profess to serve and love makes me wonder why they would even bother to call themselves Christians at all.
Just how badly does this movie depart from the original story? Here’s a few examples (based on one of the early scripts):
- Earth is a scorched arid desert, with a gray gloomy sky that gives no rain – and all this, apparently caused by man’s “disrespect” for the environment. Think Mad Max.
- Noah is a vegan eating hippie pacifist who still somehow acquires mad ninja skills to vanquish the bad guys who dare pollute the earth with their existence and kills when necessary. But again, he’s a peace loving pacifist.
- God is never mentioned (the generic word “creator” used) nor does He speak or interact with anyone, instead Noah is warned of a flood in a series of hallucinations and dreams.
- The movie includes a group of fallen angels called Watchers, who came down from heaven to help fallen humanity by granting them wonders of knowledge from magic to science to stars, metal, and fire. When mankind turns that knowledge into weapons of war and tools of environmental devastation, God banished the Watchers to earth and turns His back on them. Now, they reside as beings made from rocks/lava who resent mankind. Fallen angels are rocks, now?
- Noah’s construction of the ark begins with magic beans. Seriously.
- Noah’s belief is that the ark is meant to preserve the animals, not mankind. He is the ultimate misandrist, going so far as to commit infanticide (he planned to kill his next grandchild if it turned out to be a female). Because a human’s right to live must “be weighed against all creation.” Al Gore would be proud.
- The movie suggests that God’s will is for Noah’s family to perish as well, so it revolves around Noah agonizing over the decision (and attempts) to kill his grandchildren. In the end he just can’t do it out of weakness of compassion. The humanistic overtones is an example of the hubris of man (our propensity for compassion makes us superior to God).
How can any true Christian enjoy a movie like this?
To put this in a more proper context, imagine if Hollywood made a movie about your mother who loved you more than life itself. But rather than portray her accurately, they use their creative license to depict her as a crack addict and prostitute who cycles through 8 different boyfriends a week, the kind of mother who only changes your diapers once every 6 months, if even.
What would your reaction be then? Would you still be quick to defend, shrugging your shoulders and saying “So what if they made my mommy look like a ho? At least they were PASSIONATE about making the movie!”
This ultimately is what I find so fundamentally wrong with Christians today. They don’t identify closely with God, to the extent that He is not only real to them, but also family as well. And when someone makes a movie that besmirches the character of Someone you love, well, it’s only natural to get upset about it.
But to get excited, enthusiastic, even happy about going to see a movie like this, and even worse, insulting those who don’t think it’s all that and a bag of gummy bears? That tells me they they are not Christians, have no relationship with God, and are probably closet atheists.
I see too many like that, so many in fact that it’s one of the reasons why I don’t attend church. I can’t in good conscience fellowship with those whose Christianity is a facade at best, a fraud at worst, and it’s maddening to constantly find myself part of a minority view, always at odds with the rest of the so-called flock. Better to walk alone and let the blind continue to lead the blind.