|NOAH: A REVIEW
Perhaps humanity's biggest problem is our refusal to admit that the state of the world is all our fault.
There's nothing that we've touched on God's green earth that we haven't totally screwed up. And then, we have the nerve to constantly point at God and blame Him for it. Really?
Of course, this goes way back to the original sin of Adam and Eve. And so does Darren Aronofsky in his awesome, new re-telling of the Noah story from the Bible.
Let's get the obvious business out of the way. Yes, I believe it will get a best picture Oscar nomination and so will Aronofsky for his continued brilliance as both a director and storyteller along with Russell Crowe who brings acting gravitas as only he can to a challenging role. Jennifer Connelly also deserves a best actress nod for her work.
Now, a little about the script. Yes, it's definitely a Hollywood adaptation. Liberties are taken. No, it is not a direct or literal re-telling of the Bible account and yes, there are plenty of special effects. However, the special effects are quite appropriate and beautifully support Aronofsky's story.
I love the fact that Aronofsky doesn't get bogged down by how Noah built the Ark, how long it rained or how Noah gathered up the animals and got them onboard. That's all secondary to the human and supernatural story of Noah and his family. It's ultimately a character study of Noah and a tribute to his shaky heroism and all too human psyche.
Despite creative license, the basic story of Noah remains intact and it's best to focus on that. I also love Aronofsky's environmental statement, but then, how can you make a film about God flooding the earth and wiping out all life to start over fresh and clean and not have it be an environmental statement?
Ultimately, what I took away from Noah is you can either obey God or you can do things your own way. While obeying God doesn't guarantee an easy life, it's far better than stumbling at every turn because you're trying to do things your own way. Our fallen world gives undeniable evidence of that. Does it not? In that sense, the film remains true to scripture.
I alsp that sense, the film remains true to scripture.o love the fact that Aronofsky calls God, "The Creator" in this film. It references God's authority, origin, omnipresence and creativity. The film portrays God, The Creator, as the ultimate artist. That's why I write about art and interview so many artists. It’s a salute to where art all began when God said, “Let there be Light!”
One day, I hope to interview God. If I'm particularly blessed, maybe He'll let Christ sit in and Noah will be waiting in the wings.
By the way, did I mention that it was raining this morning during my matinee? I drove to the theater in the rain and when the movie was over, I drove away in the rain.
What does that mean? It means I got wet.