The problem for the filmmakers, and also for many of us as we read the story of Noah in the Bible, is a failure to understand what kind of story it is. Which leads us to interpret it in ways that either miss the point or distort the point.
When God chose me for this genius shipbuilding project, I should have said 'Thank you very much for the honor, Your Holiness. I'm flattered, but please, do me a favor: Find somebody else like maybe... I don't know... a carpenter?'
Let me tell you a secret known to scholars since 1853: The story of Noah as it is told in Genesis 6-9 is actually stolen, or to be politically correct, inspired by an older story that was very popular in the Near-East, the Gone With the Wind of the ancient world.
While I laud Darren Aronofsky for aggressively looking into the Bible for a modern-day message, I think educating people about Noah's spiritual code will inspire mankind to be good stewards of the human divine consciousness and the environment too.
The makers of the film assure us that they have tried to stay true to the values of a story that is a "cornerstone of faith for millions of people worldwide." I think the filmmakers have stayed true to those values. The problem is these values are morally repugnant.
The movie does not follow the Biblical narrative with surgical precision, but offers the best elements of the story to challenge us to re-read and re-engage the Bible and take Noah's story seriously, not just literally.
It could have been a disaster. An implausible story from a book of often improbable events written 2,000 years ago. Making a plausible, entertaining movie about the story seems challenging even for Hollywood.