Noah The Bible Story vs Noah The Epic Movie

The first time I saw Noah's trailer in october, I knew it wasn't going to be the exact bible story but I was expecting a movie I could learn from, or at least see an interesting movie, which I'm very sure will in no way change my belief about God, the creation or the flood.
For those who haven't heard about this movie, Noah is a 2014 American epic biblical-inspired film directed by Darren Aronofsky, written by Aronofsky and Ari Handel, and is based on the story of Noah's Ark. The film stars Russell Crowe as Noah along with Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, Anthony Hopkins, and Douglas Booth.

Now that different controversies are all over the air, even before the release of the movie (In theaters today, March 28), it caused me to look at this epic movie from another perspective once more. See the movie trailer

Below are the 'facts' the movie points out from the Bible

  • The story takes place 10 generations from Adam.
  • (The six days of creation are seen in flashbacks, along with Adam and Eve, the serpent, the forbidden fruit, Cain murdering Abel and the city founded by Cain. Enoch, who "walked with God," is  mentioned, and Methuselah appears in the story.)
  • Human wickedness and violence are widespread, even ubiquitous.
  • Noah is "righteous in his generation."
  • Noah receives revelations regarding God's intention to wipe out life on earth and the ark Noah is to build to preserve life.
  • The animals come to the ark of their own accord, presumably summoned by God.
  • The flood wipes out all life on earth outside the ark.
  • Only Noah and his family — eight in all — survive.
  • The rainbow effect, like the flood itself, is persuasively presented as a heavenly sign rather than a natural phenomenon (though its interpretation is given by Noah, not God).
  • The film also depicts Ham witnessing his father's postdiluvian drunken nakedness, and Shem and Japeth covering their father. (Nothing more than this happens. Some Bible commentators believe the story euphemistically suggests something far more disturbing, but nothing like these readings happens in the film.)
How Noah deflects from the biblical story:
  • The birds are sent out before, not after, the ark comes to rest on the mountain. (Also, one of Noah's sons, not Noah himself, sends them out.)
  • The film doesn't depict the sacrifices Noah offers after the flood, though it also doesn't say Noah didn't offer sacrifices
  • We are supposed to believe that Noah has a heart for plants and animals, an environmentalist as some call him. He showed this were he cautioned his son for picking a flower just because it's beautiful, Noah told him that men should only take living things for what they are needed for. This looks a bit contradictory to the Noah who won't mind felling thousands of tree to build the ark.

Based on the for or against arguments, here are words of those who have reviewed the movie and I completely concur to their statements. Peter Traver, an American film critic, who writes for Rolling Stone said:
"This is not in any kind of scripture, This is somebody saying ,'What if any of this happened?' Did this bother me? It doesn't bother me at all."
Steven Greydanus of the National Catholic Register said:
"It is not a "Bible movie" in the usual sense, with all the story beats predetermined by the text, and actors in ancient Near Eastern couture hitting their marks and saying all the expected things. It is something more vital, surprising and confounding: a work of art and imagination that makes this most familiar of tales strange and new: at times illuminating the text, at times stretching it to the breaking point, at times inviting cross-examination and critique."
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