When God decides that mankind has become too sinful and must be wiped off the Earth, he chooses Noah (Russell Crowe), a pious man, for a great task. Noah must build an ark large enough to hold his wife (Jennifer Connelly), adopted daughter (Emma Watson), sons (Logan Lerman, Douglas Booth, Leo McHugh Carroll) and their wives -- plus breeding pairs of every animal. When the task is completed, Noah and his family witness God's wrath in the form of an apocalyptic flood.
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Movie Review Maven Grade: C
In a Nutshell:
Oh, Hollywood. Why? Has anyone in Hollywood actually read the Bible ? You have the ability to make movie magic, but you really messed up this one. Who knew there were rock people/Transformers in the Noah story? I guess I missed that part when I read the scriptures.
Movie critics are singing praises for this film for being an epic and fresh take on an old tale, but the rest of us, especially those who actually know the story, are seriously disappointed and even a little bit alarmed. At one point during the movie, I leaned over to my husband and said “I really hate this movie.” In fact, it made me angry.
Hopeful Christians and Jews are flocking to the theater, only to be shocked at the bizarre depiction of Noah as an environmentalist whose sole purpose was to protect “the innocents” (animals) so that God could have justice by destroying man and the wicked world. The trailer for this unbiblical fantasy film looked so promising and certainly didn’t reveal the strange elements that are making movie-goers shake their heads in frustration. The recent release of Son of God makes the religious community that eagerly wants to support “good” films declare “two strikes in a row.”
In a recent interview, writer/director Darren Aronofsky was accused of taking some liberties with the story. Self-proclaimed atheist, Aronofsky, responded “You cast Russell Crowe as Noah and you’re taking some liberties!” But it goes much deeper than actor choice. Aronofsky completely changed the story. By the way, Aronofsky is the director of the award-winning Black Swan which earned over $300 million. His creative interpretation of the Bible story comes out of innovative art, not faith.
Uplifting theme: The Creator is a god of mercy, not justice alone.
Things I liked:
I thought the touching scene where Noah assures Ila (the lovely Emma Watson) that she belonged in their family was really sweet. He said to her “Please don’t forget you’re a precious, precious girl.” Of course, later he wanted to kill her and her babies…Noah is portrayed as a lunatic, crazed on bringing God’s justice to the world and to his family, something I definitely did not like. I have a much different view of what a prophet of God acts like. Rage, violence, short-sightedness, drunkedness, and murderer are not included in the list of qualities I expect from one who walks with God.
Who doesn’t adore Anthony Hopkins? The audience giggled every time he talked about his craving for berries. His supernatural ability to touch Shem’s forward and make him instantly fall asleep was odd, as well as a skill I wish I had when my children were younger.
The film was made in Iceland and New York with beautiful vistas.
I thought the glowing strip of fabric that each prophet wrapped around his arm and passed down to his son was interesting because it looked like a snake skin, providing a reminder of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden and a constant reminder to obey the commandments of God.
I liked it when the first water drop fell from the sky on to Noah’s blue/green eye, making it look like a flood around the planet earth.
The rainbow at the very end was very subtle, but a gentle reminder that God will never flood the earth again.
I liked the interesting animal that gets killed by Cain’s descendants at the beginning of the movie. Apparently, that creature’s kind never made it on to the ark. (wink)
The Bible doesn’t tell us much about Noah’s wife, but can you imagine how much manure she must have shoveled? She had to have been an extremely hard worker, supportive wife, and loving mother to put up with everything they must have gone through during their epic trek. Jennifer Connelly does a terrific job and is a mother of three sons in real life. I thought it was funny that we don’t know her name, so the writer’s named her “Naameh” (pronounced Nawmay)…kinda looks like the word “name”, right?
Things I didn’t like:
Soooo many things were not scripturally correct. I started making a list of all of the inaccuracies, but finally gave up because the list was too long. If you’d like to find out what really happened in the story, you can start by reading Genesis chapters 6 to 9. Of course, we don’t have a lot of the details, so some of the ideas that were included in the movie are thought-provoking. For example, how do you keep that many animals from eating each other for over a year in tight quarters? I liked their idea of creating some kind of incense that would put the creatures into a form of hibernation. And no, Samuel L. Jackson doesn’t appear and say he’s @#$! sick and tired of all the snakes on the $#!#$! ark. Ha ha
Noah was quick to recognize dreams and miracles from God in the beginning, yet couldn’t see the tender mercies of God during the remainder of the movie. Lame. Naameh asks Noah “Did God speak to you?” and he answers “I think so.” I envision prophets having a much closer relationship with God than the kind depicted in this film where Noah is so uncertain and seems to stumble upon a vague directive from the Creator of the universe.
I believe the scriptures are true and so I believe the story of Noah. God literally baptized the earth with water and His protective hand was over the family of Noah the entire time. I hated all of the crazy turmoil inside the ark that included Ham’s desire for revenge, an evil stowaway, and how everyone wanted to kill Noah. I picture something infinitely more peaceful as God lovingly cared for the prophet’s family every step of the way.
Noah’s sons were married, so all of the drama about barren Ila and Noah not allowing his other sons to bring girls on the ark was inane and annoying.
I thought Naameh’s home pregnancy kit was ridiculous.
The rock people (The Watchers) would have been cool in Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers , but they were laughable in this one.
It was hard to feel badly for Ham’s girlfriend when they only knew each other for about two minutes. I would have liked to see more character development so we could have had time to care about her.
I was kind of surprised that more time wasn’t spend on the disaster movie nature of the film, showing us more detail on what was going on outside the ark as the flood waters arrived.
The liberal slant about the descendants of Cain who industrialized the world and raped it of its natural resources reminded me of being preached at in Ferngully: The Last Rainforest .
Did anyone even notice Nick Nolte in the film?
“Is this the end of everything?” - Ila “The beginning of everything.” - Noah
Tubal Cain, the wicked king barks “I have men at my back and you stand alone to defy me?” I loved it when Noah confidently declares “I am not alone.”
Ham defiantly yells to his father “Do you want me to be a child?” Noah challenges him “I’m asking you to be a man and do what needs to be done.”
“I see my sons. All they desire is love. Isn’t that all we need to be good?” - Naameh
“You chose mercy. You chose love.” - Ila says to Noah
“He chose you because you saw the wickedness of man and knew you wouldn’t look away. But there is goodness too.” - Ila says to Noah about why God chose him to prepare the ark. She provides a lot of insightful lessons in the movie and wraps up the theme quite nicely in the end. Yay Hermione Granger!
“May you walk along side the Creator in righteousness.” - Noah’s father gives him this counsel at the beginning of the movie. It’s great advice for all of us, don’t you think?
“Strength comes from the Creator.” - Noah
Did you know?
Countries like Qatar, United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain notified Paramount Pictures that they will not release this film.
Director Darren Aronofsky jokes that they ran out of money, so they weren’t able to film a whole lot of the fish and creatures under the waters.
Tips for parents: Children may become confused about what the real story of Noah is because of so many nonsensical elements in this film. Be prepared for violence, blood, some discussion of sex.March 29th, 2014 · Details3 Thanks ·
Wow!!!!! This is a laughable film. And most of the audience last night in the theater was laughing. It is nothing but a sci-fi film retelling of the Noah story. The fallen angel/rock creatures were ridiculous. Sure the actors were all OK, but I didn't like that Noah wasn't someone I felt I could root for. I am OK with Hollywood taking some creative license (even "The Ten Commandments" is only about 80% accurate), but this was silly--and not a good silly. You shouldn't be offended if you are religious, but you will be disappointed (or thoroughly entertained by the crazy creative license taken). Not worth your time. Seriously, go see "The Lego Movie" again!March 29th, 2014 · Details2 Thanks ·
Being a Darren Aronofsky film I was going into this movie knowing it was going to be bizarre and different. Well is was even more bizarre and different than I would have imagined. I am not going to say I totally hated this film, there were a few things that were pretty good, like it being visually different and stunning. Overall the rest of it just did not work well for me.
The movie took a lot of creative liberty as they had to cause Noah is told in a bout 2500 words in the Old Testament. I feel like I was watching a "Lord of the Rings" type movie during it. It has some funky stuff to it, stuff i won't spoil for those who want to see it.
If your curious and really want to see ti I would wait till DVD. If your going in to this movie thinking it is going to be a great religious film informing you about Noah you are wrong.
It is a not a kids movie and has some violence and some adult content. Overall it was just too bizarre and out there for me to like.2 Thanks ·
We’re on the doorstep of the summer movie season and many have eyed the release of Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah” as the first big film of the summer.
While “Noah” is big, expensive and flashy, it totally misses the mark. And if this is a precursor of what we should expect this summer, then we’re in for a long and rough four months.
See 3 reasons why is misses the mark in the full review... http://ok.com/article/90081/3-reasons-noah-misses-the-mark1 Thank ·
NOAH is an epic adventure story, with a nice ending that wraps everything up on a hopeful, inspiring note. In the ending, a conflicted Noah learns that the Creator is a God of mercy and love, not only justice. Despite the positive ending, NOAH inserts some extra-biblical material into the story, to build tension and give the story a dramatic three-act structure. The positive ending doesn’t quite justify this. That said, NOAH shows Adam and Eve really existed, the Fall of Man is real, and the Creator acts miraculously... See Full Review
“Noah” is a serious, thoughtful, reverent movie that, like its title character, wrestles with the big issues of morality, survivor guilt, and strengthening a connection to the divine. It is also a big, grand adventure with drama and special effects. It should satisfy believers, seekers, and those who just want an exciting story, well told.
... See Full Review
Big, beatific and (more or less) Biblical, Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah” is a mad vision of a movie, an action adventure take on The Flood that cleansed the Earth.
Aronofsky (“Black Swan”) envisions this epic through the lens of Hollywood, interpreting the Bible as myth and telling one of its most fantastical tales as a grand and dark cinematic fantasy — a Lord of the Rains.
And with Russell Crowe as his Master & Commander & Shipbuilder, Aronofsky has concocted an accessible, modern and mythic version of this oral history that may make purists blanch even as it entertains the rest of us... See Full Review
Noah is no by-the-book Bible story. Think of it as a visually mesmerizing sci-fi adventure saga loosely based on the book of Genesis.
Where it does adhere to its source material is in its 139-minute length: About halfway in, it starts to feel as though it's been going on for 40 days and 40 nights.
Along the way, however, Noah . offers plenty of visual splendor. A vividly stirring time-lapse montage of the creation story is marked by stunning and original computer-generated imagery... See Full Review
it was good but not all correct with the bibleMarch 14th, 2014 · Details1 Thank ·
I knew any movie about Noah would need to add in a few embellishments, but wow! If you are familiar with the biblical account of Noah and the flood, you will find this version trippy and a little zany. Noah is a vegetarian, is aided by fallen angel rock monsters, and later believes he must kill his own grandchildren to make sure no humans survive. The director also makes a plug for environmentalism, showing that one of humankind’s primary sins is destroying the earth. I was transfixed by the movie, not because it was fantastic, but because I was wondering what nutty thing would come next. If you’re looking for a more religious experience, you might want to try another Bible movie more true to its scriptural roots, such as the Son Of God... See Full ReviewAugust 28th, 2014 · Details
After reading dozens of commentaries, I had to judge this movie for myself — despite several warnings from friends that it wasn't worth my time. The movie still intrigued me enough to spend $2 on a Blu-ray Redbox rental. I maintained high hopes. As a believer in the Bible, I hoped that the subject matter would have been treated with respect, though I knew I was in for a lot of artistic license. The depiction of Noah did not bother me at all. I could even overlook the fact that the word "God" was never uttered, or the insinuation that Noah's inspiration comes via hallucination. And the rock monsters didn't faze me at all. But all the freelancing accumulated to an almost unbearable level. Despite all that, I would still be able to recommend this film if not for one irritating weakness that bothered me from start to finish: director Darren Aronofsky's depiction of wickedness (or lack thereof) and reasoning for why the Creator wanted to destroy the world. I knew this going in. But it's hard for me to buy into the destruction of mankind when the only reason I'm given is that they hunt and like to eat meat. I would think that both vegans and meat lovers alike would need more than that to accept the gravity of the situation.August 18th, 2014 · Details
Horrible movie. Even for a redbox :) I want my $1.59 back. The one and only bright spot in the movie was the cool time lapse scene showing the creation period. Follows the bible and was visually really well done.August 9th, 2014 · Details
Good oneAugust 6th, 2014 · Details
If you remove the artistic liberty element of the writer/directors choice to turn what many consider sacred history into a work of Sci-Fy, then this is simply a poorly written movie. However, if you believe in the Bible at all, then is movie becomes shockingly bad and offensive to a point of disgust. **Spoiler Alert** On the second day, "The Creator made giant rock people??" Giant rock people help build the Ark for Noah who believes God want's him to murder his grandchild born aboard the ark should she be born a girl??? Wrong on so many levels. So disappointing for a huge Russell Crowe fan.August 3rd, 2014 · Details
I was entertained
The only resemblance to the story of Noah this has is his name, he built a boat and loaded it with animals. This movie perverts the story of Noah, his being a Prophet of God, and his relationship with his family.
The first half of the movie was great! Then it went down hill and then crashed and burned.April 10th, 2014 · Details
Apart from violence, there is little content of concern. Tubal-Cain is fond of repeating the phrase “I’ll be damned”; and when the previously barren Ila is enchanted by Methuselah so that she can bear children, she passionately grabs Shem and they begin to disrobe (though no nudity is seen, and their tryst is only implied). Some traditionalist Christian, Jewish, and Muslim viewers may also be offended by the changes to the Biblical story, such as the film’s opening words, “In the beginning, there was nothing.”... See Full ReviewApril 9th, 2014 · Details
I read the bad reviews of this movie and have to laugh. The previews for the movie say it is a work of fiction and if you want the real story of Noah then read Genesis. The writer/director is a self proclaimed atheist. I went into it with the right expectations and the movie delivered. I liked the movie and think it's worth seeing.April 6th, 2014 · Details
go watch the movie. but leave during the last 30 mins and you will enjoy the movie
If this movie would have told me to ignore the bible, and just enjoy the way out there interpretation I might have enjoyed it more. I do not recommend this movie at all.
Of course it’s impossible to take a Biblical account this well known and create a film that will please everyone. For many, the violence (while somewhat justified) may drown what little scriptural meat is offered in this movie. That leaves Noah barely floating at C-level for family viewing... See Full Review
This movie is not at all close to scripture. You can easily check the authenticity by reading four chapters of Genesis - Genesis 6-9. First of all, Noah and his three sons were ALL married. Noah is portrayed as a crazed zealot. Scripture places him as second only to Adam in righteousness.
There were several things that were interesting, and got me thinking, however. First of all, I understand that they tried to portray the correct dimensions of the ark. That, apparently, is right on, although the appearance may have been somewhat different. Second, it's interesting to contemplate how the animals arrived at the ark. Did Noah go throughout the world and collect them, or, as the movie portrays, did the spirit of the Lord move upon them, and they were led to the ark by the Lord? Finally, since everyone, including the animals, were together on the ark for one year and ten days, were the animals in a state of hibernation? Interesting to consider.
Don't go to the movie expecting to learn more about the actual story of Noah as told in scripture. Artistic license led them to include things like some giant "rock men." Where did they come up with that?
The cinematography was good, and if you go into this understanding that there are some gross inaccuracies, you may still enjoy the movie, and possibly have a positive thought or two stimulated.