I know there is a lot of controversy surrounding the new movie loosely based on the biblical story of Noah coming out April 28. Delia and I don’t see movies at the theater often. We love Redbox and rent a movie a week or so. Dropping $20-$30 on a movie night out is just too much. But for Noah, we are making an exception. There are very few stories in the Bible that are as epic as the end of the world. I plan on seeing Noah on opening weekend, and here’s why:
1. It looks Epic.
Have you seen the behind the scenes footage or the trailer? This movie looks amazing. If they did one thing right, it’s the scale and size of the ark. I have heard the animal scene isn’t long enough, but still it looks pretty awesome in the trailer.
When I think about the Bible, the story of Noah is on the top of the list of large-scale crazy epic moments that need amazing special effects. I am excited to see how it may have all happened. This is a movie that needs to be seen on the big screen, maybe even IMAX. I just don’t think my 42 inch screen is going to do it justice.
2. The End of the World
Armageddon, War of the Worlds, 2012, The Day After Tomorrow, these movies show what the world is like when it is all going to end. But in Noah, it actually ends. Life as it was, ended. Thousands… Millions of people died. Life started over. Noah and his family have the future of the world in their hands. Crazy!
3. Nothing Hollywood does can change what actually happened.
The story of Noah and his family is encapsulated in 4 chapters in the book of Genesis. If you have not read it recently go do it now. (Gen 6-9) If you started with the beginning of chapter 6, you might be a little confused by the story of giants and sons of God. The Bible is crazy! We can’t read this story with our own world view, we have to understand this was a different world than ours, almost literally.
If I was to write a script and shoot a movie with the story of Noah, there are a few gaps I would need to fill in because the Bible doesn’t give us all the details. Why exactly does Noah curse Ham? Simply because he saw him naked? Was there something deeper? (Gen 9:20-27)
One of my favorite details is that “God shut the door behind [Noah]” (Gen 7:16). In my mind the door to this ship was so large that Noah and his sons couldn’t close it. Only God could close it! But that might not be how you read that. Just like other stories from history that Hollywood has reenacted, Pearl Harbor, Titanic, Gettysburg, and others… Hollywood is going to add it’s own spin. I expect that. But it won’t change what I believe happened or what the Bible says.
4. Noah’s my great great great…
Believe it or not, I’m related to Noah. So this story is a Hollywood version of what my ancestor could have been like. What did his world look like? How did he live? Also, there is this subplot of Methuselah, the oldest man who ever lived, who dies in the flood. God kills the oldest man in the world in the flood. You can’t make this stuff up!
5. I will make my own decision.
In a week I might be writing a post about plot holes, blatant non-historically accurate story changes, unresolved character arcs or terrible continuity issues. BUT, I’m not going to call the kettle black before I see it. I have read reviews and articles trashing the movie. I want to see if for myself.
I’m excited to see this movie. I have been disappointed by movies in the past. Voyage of the Dawntreader totally rewrote half the story, but it was still epic and I was able to see Reepicheep go to the end of the world. This is a movie that I have to see before I can draw my conclusion.
Who wants to join me?