Noah is another one of those movies that have received mix criticism throughout the past few week. The movie based on a popular biblical figure began showing in theaters Friday and the reviews have already begun to roll in.
The Paramount Pictures film, Noah, was both written and directed by Darren Aronofsky, also known for his work on the 1998 film Pi, the 2000 film Requiem for a Dream and more recently the 2010 film Black Swan.
Noah is a story about a man, Noah, played by actor Russell Crowe, who is chosen by God for a rescue mission before an apocalyptic flood destroys the world and everything on it. The movie stars not only Russell Crowe, but also Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson and Anthony Hopkins.
Reviews have surfaced throughout the day, and they have been just as mixed as earlier comments and criticisms. The movie has so far rated a 7.3 out of 10 on the Internet Movie Database (IMDB), which reflect a variety of opinions from user. As for publication reviews such as Time, CNN, and the Washington Post, reviews have been a mixed bag from “terrible” to four out of five stars.
According to ABC News, Noah is a bit “clumsy” in the beginning, but once it gets off the ground, “Aronofsky presents it as a harrowing, gut-twisting tale that’s as emotionally moving as it is suspenseful and exciting.”
“Aronofsky gives us a Noah narrative unlike any we have seen before. Crowe is not a kindly old man with a long white beard. He’s a burly, thick, powerful, complex, tortured soul, driven by an abiding faith in the task at hand….. This is a Noah who hears every cry of the people who are abandoned outside of his ark but will not save them, because he has to let them die.”
ABC News reported that this “suspenseful and exciting” adaptation of the biblical story of Noah earned a solid four out of five stars. Many reviews used the same words to describe the movie, though not all viewers seemed to agree.
Time, for example, published a review by creationist Ken Ham, who more recently made news for debating Bill Nye, where he called Noah “a boring two and a half hour movie,” and said that it “may be the worst film” he has ever seen.
“Ultimately, there is barely a hint of biblical fidelity in this film. It is an unbiblical, pagan film from its start….. Noah is an insult to Bible-believing Christians, an insult to the character of Noah, and most of all, an insult to the God of the Bible. As a result, I believe Hollywood will have a much harder time in marketing future biblically themed movies to Christians.”
When it comes to movie adaptations of popular works, and especially religious works, there is no doubt going to be some degree of disagreement when it comes to opinions and reviews. When it comes to the movie, Noah, what are your opinions? Will you be going to see it? And if you do, share your thoughts and opinions in the comments below.
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