Word on the new film Noah, starring Russell Crowe, Anthony Hopkins, Jennifer Connelly and Emma Watson is that it is a visually stunning retelling of the story of Noah’s Ark. There has been some criticism that the film takes license with the Bible’s version. Here are a few sections of an article appearing in Christian News online.
“A new Hollywood epic on the life of Noah has stirred controversy among Christians, Jews and others who have pre-screened the film, as they state that the movie largely leaves out one important foundation: the Bible.”
The dialogue indicates that this is indeed a retelling of the story but not an exact version. Some of the dialogue and characterizations are indeed not biblical. But that does not make it a bad film. It just makes the film, a film, and not the Bible. But God can and does use films to spread His Gospel. So before you go see it, bear in mind that Noah will most probably be a film that inspires folks to check out what the Bible says about Noah and the Flood. And frankly, if it gets folks to read a Bible, well, that’s ok with me. Seeds that are small have the potential to grow tremendous harvest. Go see it and you be the judge.
Here is an example of some of the dialogue:
“Man corrupted this world and filled it with violence, so he must be destroyed,” Methuselah explains to Noah, who has a dream of “death by water.”
As Noah begins to build an ark, he becomes the enemy of his brother-in-law Tubal-Cain. He tells Tubal-Cain to build his own ark, or die trying to take his.
“You don’t know your king,” Tubal-Cain asserts. “I have men at my back, and you stand alone and defy me?”
“I’m not alone,” Noah replies confidently.