There has been quite a bit of discussion about the recent release of Noah, the movie written and directed by Darren Aronofsky and starring Russell Crowe. People are asking questions about how closely Noah follows the story of Noah in the Bible. Does it really apply to our world today? Isn’t this just another movie star vehicle?
SF Chronicle film critic Mick M. LaSalle writes: An intelligent take on the story of Noah and the ark, Darren Aronofsky’s film is no silly action movie with a biblical pretext, but a film with lots of application to what goes on in today’s world. It posits a vision of humankind gone astray, in which those on the side of the creator — Noah, his family and all that creeps, crawls, or slithers — are pitted against those who oppose the divine will. In Aronofsky’s framing, the divine will is vegetarian, environmentalist, and anti-industry. The film makes a persuasive case for its point of view. Russell Crowe is superb in the title role.
Christopher Smith, in the spiritual journal Patheos comments that [t]here’s much in this film that speaks powerfully to our times, and in the very best tradition of biblical storytelling, Aronofsky makes the biblical text come alive in ways that harmonize with the challenges of our day.
Giving the movie 3 stars, critic Matt Zoller Seit writes: “Noah” is more of a surrealist nightmare disaster picture fused to a parable of human greed and compassion, all based on the bestselling book of all time, the Bible, mainly the Book of Genesis. More specifically, “Noah” is writer-director Darren Aronofksy’s interpretation of the story of Noah and the flood. He’s made a few changes. Okay, more than a few. Way more. This is the Book of Genesis after a page one rewrite….
What do you think? Noah is playing in San Francisco, Daly City, and in the East Bay. Try and see the movie and we will discuss the biblical story of Noah and Aronofsky’s movie during worship May 18 and May 25.