The magnificent story of Noah appeared in the Torah first and then entered the Bible, and that it is central to the Quran. It doesn't belong to one religious group, but to all human beings.
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As you can see, the story of Noah was already borrowed and given a new purpose by Hebrew scribes. It has been retold countless times, and the theme is now being used by filmmaker Darren Aronofsky to tell his own idiosyncratic tale of environmental retribution and redemption.
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.
This mix of visionary filmmaking and insightful drama, courtesy of Aronofsky's iconoclastic instincts, takes mainstream film to places where most big-budget releases fear to tread.
5: God did not consider dinosaurs to be part of the animal kingdom but, apparently, has no problem with bed bugs. Who does he think he is?
One thing you can't say about Noah, the big budget reimagining of the biblical flood fable (starring Russell Crowe as the titular boat builder) is that it lacks in ambition.
So what did the makers of the movie Noah do? They straddled the fence and as a result don't really satisfy anyone.
With committed performances and no holier-than-thou overtones, "Noah" is a dreamboat for all sorts of moviegoers. Just as long as you can dismiss some of the murkier storms that precede the rainbow.
Even in extreme drought, 40 days and 40 nights of rain is not the answer.
The fate of the planet lies in jeopardy, and the only animals worth saving are the coupled-off ones? What's up with that, God?
How could a film starring Russell Crowe as Noah, Anthony Hopkins as Methuselah, and Emma Watson as the mother of Noah's granddaughters, possibly fail among viewers? Presenting a film "inspired by" the biblical story of Noah in Genesis, of course, is a tall order.
Darren Aronofsky is one of the most visionary directors of his generation, a filmmaker who isn't afraid to challenge an audience or to entertain it. I may not always like his films but they always give me a lot to think about.
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