"Before my God, I might not this believe without the sensible and true avouch of mine own eyes."

- William Shakespeare, Hamlet
Aronofsky’s Noah Could Be Awesome

Phil Cooke has rounded up some serious Christian leaders and teachers to praise the movie based on the story of Noah in Genesis. Watch this video and tell me what you think.


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Comments on "Aronofsky’s Noah Could Be Awesome":
1. Mike - 03/24/2014 8:16 pm EDT


2. Mike - 03/24/2014 8:38 pm EDT

I apologize. I made the first comment before I got all the way through the video. Now that I finished: ugh.

3. Phil - 03/24/2014 9:48 pm EDT

Thanks, Mike. Do you like biblically based movies at all?

4. Sparky - 03/25/2014 12:35 am EDT

Good cast. This might be pretty good.

5. Mike - 03/25/2014 6:45 am EDT

Typically, I don't. But more than that, this is a promotional video that seems dishonest and I groan at these "serious Christian leaders" (seriously, I'd like to hear from some real serious Christian leaders) taking part in the promotion.

Tim Challies linked to a favorable (and I'm guessing secular) review yesterday rightly pointing out that "this review gives you an idea of what you’ll see. Not much that’s even vaguely related to the true story, apparently." Here's the review: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/movie/noah/review/689450

To me, the movie seems like a well made attempt to further mythologize the historical account.

6. Loren Eaton - 03/25/2014 8:50 am EDT

Brian Godawa (an OPC screenwriter who penned To End All Wars) seems to have disliked it for its environmentalism. He has a rather lengthy series about it on his blog.

7. Phil - 03/25/2014 9:33 am EDT

Mythologizing the history may be a great summary, but I'm afraid Sunday Schools do it too. I don't understand your criticism of the people quoted. Greg Thornbury is a scholar and president of The King's College. That's serious. Hugh Hewitt is a strong thinker and one of the good guys. Who do you want to see comment on it?

A strong film review, Steven Greydanus, has this brief review, which probably hits all the right points as well as giving his personal opinion.

Loren, I understand Godawa has a lot of skin in this game--maybe his entire body--so I don't mind his differing opinion. I haven't read his novels on the subject, but they likely mythologize as much or more than the movie does.

8. Phil - 03/25/2014 9:38 am EDT

Also, Thornbury's praise for deep thinking encourages me and the depiction of God's mercy (including the rainbow) is important. I had wondered if they would depict that part. If this movie gets people thinking about real judgement and living mercy, that's huge.

9. Shelley - 03/25/2014 10:53 am EDT

I'm willing to try anything with Crowe (although John Simm did better with the English version of State of Play).

10. Mike - 03/25/2014 11:51 am EDT

"Sunday schools do it too" could also be considered a great summary.

I'll take Thornbury more seriously when he stops dressing like Pee Wee Herman on purpose.

I don't care for Greydanus' views: http://www.ncregister.com/blog/steven-greydanus/chill-out-about-noah

He probably wouldn't care for the views of bumpkins like me who believe the early chapters of Genesis as being historical either. But that's the way the church is going, so I'm getting used to it.

11. Lars Walker - 03/26/2014 9:11 am EDT

I'm willing to give it a chance, if I can find time to go. More likely I'll catch it on Netflix sometime.

12. SB - 03/27/2014 12:25 pm EDT

I'll probably see it as a rental as well--I'm not quite sure I want to spend $10 on something I've heard so many wildly varying accounts of, but it does look interesting! Rotten Tomatoes is currently giving it a 74%--some folks apparently think it's too restrained.

13. Mike - 03/29/2014 8:03 am EDT

WARNING: SPOILERS! http://www.patheos.com/blogs/churchofthemasses/2014/03/the-utter-embarrassing-mess-of-noah-and-why-everybody-is-lying-about-it/?fb_action_ids=10152337812300148&fb_action_types=og.likes

14. Phil - 03/29/2014 9:47 am EDT

Mike, she seems to hate rock people. I'm not sure I can stomach such blatant racism. Just kidding. I'm trying to scan the article to see why she says people are lying about it. That's a strong accusation.

15. Phil - 03/29/2014 10:03 am EDT

Ok. Why does she think people are lying about it? I can understand her offense, though she says she wasn't offended at an environmental theme despite calling it stupid. I agree with her that Christians should drop urging other Christians to support a movie. I'm tired of it, but she accusing people of lying about this movie. She needs to back that up.

16. Phil - 03/29/2014 10:13 am EDT

World has it's review now.

"But the film fails to capture the more dangerous sins: nuanced, hidden, deceivingly beautiful, flesh-and-ego-pleasing sins that first tempted Eve in the garden. When Noah finally starts recognizing his own inner wickedness, he descends into a lunatic and irrational state that victimizes his terrified family—revealing a rather biblical truth of what happens to a man who becomes “enlightened” without the promised hope and grace of the gospel."

17. Mike - 03/29/2014 10:34 am EDT

Hey, I'm cool with rock creatures.

I agree that she doesn't back up "lying." I think she's getting at what people aren't saying about the movie. As I said originally on this thread, there's seems to be a dishonesty about the promotion of the movie by believers.

My main purpose was to share the spoilers that I have to agree with being dumb. I also think a lot of what's coming out backs up what I said about this being and attempt to further mythologize Genesis and I won't be surprised if Aronofsky eventually confirms my theory.

18. Phil - 03/29/2014 10:42 am EDT

Do you think I'm being dishonest?

19. Mike - 03/29/2014 11:22 am EDT

Have you seen the movie, Phil? I haven't seen a review from you.

20. Phil - 03/29/2014 12:26 pm EDT

No, I haven't, and I won't for a while, because I don't need to spend the money.

21. Mike - 03/30/2014 7:01 pm EDT

Again, spoilers: http://themattwalshblog.com/2014/03/29/im-a-christian-and-i-think-noah-deserves-a-four-star-review/

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