This post has been trending lately, due to the recent release of “Noah” on DVD. Judging by the search terms that hit on my site, a lot of people who rented the movie or bought it were left shaking their head just like me. In case you missed it the first time around, I’m reposting this for your reading enjoyment.
My husband and I saw the movie, “Noah,” over the weekend. I was not impressed. I am not by any means a movie critic. I am, however, a Christian, and know the story of Noah. I expected the movie to take some liberties, since you can’t take 5 chapters of Genesis and make it into a 2 hour movie. But, wow! It was all wrong! I mean, could you at least get the biblical facts correct?
This review is not going to be on cinematography or acting. This post is going to be a critique of the script and a study of the true story of Noah.
*Spoiler alert* I will be going through major plot lines in the movie and comparing them with Scripture.
4 Infuriating Plot Lines in the Movie “Noah”
- The movie never used the word God. They referred to “The Creator” throughout the movie.
- Hollywood used this biblical story to advance an environmental agenda. I am a supporter of environmental issues, but I do not approve of distorting Scripture to support a cause. The characters kept reinforcing that the animals were the only innocent beings. Noah and his family were gatherers and the “bad guys” were carnivores.
- Noah is portrayed as a religious zealot who did not have a clear vision of what God wanted him to do. In the movie, Noah developed a belief that “The Creator” wanted him to save the animals and his family was the means to carry out that task. Once the animals were saved, his family would die out. He refused to find wives for his sons Ham and Japheth before the flood because he did not want them to procreate. When he found out his son Shem’s love interest (it was insinuated that they were not married) was with child, Noah became irate and said he must kill the baby if it is a girl so there would be no further childbearing.
- Fallen angels called “The Watchmen” played a major part in the movie. The movie explained that they were the fallen angels sent to watch over Cain after God banished him for killing his brother.
- There was an evil stowaway on the ark.
What Really Happened
- God was always referred to as God in the Bible. The Bible begins “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”
- Genesis 6:6-7 suggests God initially considered destroying every living thing: “And the Lord regretted that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart. So the Lord said, ‘I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens, for I am sorry that I have made them.'”
- Genesis 6:18-20 clearly states “But I will establish my covenant with you, and you shall come into the ark, you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives with you. And of every living thing of all flesh, you shall bring two of every sort into the ark to keep them alive with you. They shall be male and female. Of the birds according to their kinds, and of the animals according to their kinds, of every creeping thing of the ground, according to its kind, two of every sort shall come in to you to keep them alive.” God gave Noah a straightforward set of directions. Noah’s sons had wives when they entered the ark and there was never any nonsense about killing offspring.
- Cain never had fallen angels watching over him. On the contrary, God put a mark on him so that those who found him knew that he was not to be touched (Genesis 2:15).
- There was no evil stowaway on the ark. I think if there was, it would’ve made the Bible…
The Details the Movie Got Right
- Names and lineage
- The ark. It seems they did use Genesis 6:14-16 to design the ark for the movie.
- Noah planting a vineyard and getting drunk. Noah planted a vineyard, made wine, got drunk, and ended up naked. Shem and Japheth covered his nakedness (Genesis 7:20-27). They used a little license here to support the plotline, but the gist remained the same. It figures this is the part they would choose to portray – Noah, the drunken, naked zealot.
In summary, I was very disappointed with the movie’s plot, for obvious reason. I was actually angry and wiggling in my seat by the end. It wasn’t quite as blasphemous as “The Last Temptation of Christ” (which I have never seen), but I still saw it as an offensive twist on the story of Noah. I would not recommend it to those who want a Biblical lesson on the Noah story. Moreover, I would not recommend it for children, due to violence and some passionate scenes (which I also thought were unnecessary for a movie based on Scripture).
The Wellness Wife likes to save you money – I say, save money by not seeing this movie!
Have you seen this movie? What did you think?
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There are other Noah movies listed on Amazon, but I’m hesitant to recommend any of them, since I haven’t seen them. If you have a favorite version, feel free to share it in the comments.
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