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Published: Friday, March 28 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Jamescmeyer
Midwest City, USA, OK

Are Noah and his family really "hardcore vegetarian environmentalists"? You see, that's exactly the kind of stupid thing I worried about. Watcher rock monsters helping build the ark? Sure, whatever. That's exactly the kind of thing I'd actually enjoy, given that at least watchers are a biblical(if apocryphal) thing. A stowaway on board? A good chance for some surprise tension.

But the only righteous fpeople on earth are hippies? That kills the whole movie.

pragmatistferlife
salt lake city, utah

"The verdict is simple: If your expectations lie in chapter and verse authenticity, “Noah” will confuse and disappoint."

So it's easy to believe Noah lived 950 years, when we know for a fact that early humans rarely lived longer than 40 years, and our life expectancy now is around 80, but a few Hollywood adaptations are going to confuse you.

Wow!

Esquire
Springville, UT

Please! It's just entertainment, not religion.

xert
Santa Monica, CA

I guess I'll give it a look. But if I don't see a long parade of green alligators and long neck geese, some humpy back camels and some chimpanzee's, I'm going to march right to the managers office and demand my money back. Oh--and some koala's!

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

I was hoping the film would stay true to the origin of the flood story, the inundation of the black sea basin by seawater as the last ice age ended. Actually, I wasn't really hoping that; I just wanted to say it. It's just a movie, it might even be entertaining, and I don't expect accuracy out of it any more than religious people should.

ultragrampa
Farmington, UT

The author feels the Directors' liberal use of artistic license "results in a deity whose actions are confusing at best."

And that is different how from Diety we read about in the Bible?

bandersen
Saint George, UT

It is truly amazing, ironic, and amusing to watch Hollywood miss the boat on so many opportunities to make money, its core value.

Elliott Bay
Seattle, WA

Of course Noah and his families would have to be vegetarian. With only two of each animal on board you wouldn't want to wipe out an entire species every time you woke up with the munchies.

Justmythoughts
Provo, UT

Hollywood has never done religion well. I guess the Ten Commandments is the exception. You can't expect people with a mixed up value system to understand people who gain strength from the Bible. It's like oil and water. They just don't mix well.

nonceleb
Salt Lake City, UT

I have not seen such media coverage and supposed controversy addressed like this, over a movie, in a long time. Fundamentalists believe the story is literal history. This is even though there are at least two different versions of the story in Genesis - such as 40 days or 180 days, and two or seven of each animal. Likely half of all Christians believe it is metaphorical. A close friend of mine, who is a Presbyterian minister, believes in biblical truth as metaphor, allegory and parable. The last statement of the director should have a slight variation, "We are taking [a myth] and making it [more] mythical.

gmlewis
Houston, TX

@Banderson: "It is truly amazing, ironic, and amusing to watch Hollywood miss the boat on so many opportunities to make money, its core value."

That was one of the best puns I've heard.

sg
newhall, CA

Much ado about nothing. It's pure entertainment. And besides what do we really know about the behind the scene trappings? The biblical story doesn't give us a play by play...it's a synopsis. There are more unanswered questions nevertheless the believers still revere Noah for who he is and for what he did. When the flood occurred Noah was old by our standards, but the film's portrayal is far from coming close to the biblical age. Again, it's entertainment. Can one imagine if a movie was done about Ammon? It would be rated R for violence, but it would be cool.

SlopJ30
St Louis, MO

The more pious and gullible among humans have never really cared to understand the art of filmmaking. You can't expect people with a value system built around fairy tales to understand people who treat myth as myth and don't feel bound by literal interpretations of fantastic stories. It's like oil and water. They just don't mix well.

Jamescmeyer
Midwest City, USA, OK

There's a significant difference between "Not eating animals on the ark because then you won't have them anymore" and "the people who are right before God don't eat meat ever, despite their circumstance".

As for "not being religion", it is very true that it's not-it's a movie. But independent of any given religion, if you do a story about a man named Noah who's told by God to create an ark to survive a global flood, you really constrain your ability to take liberties when it comes to the characters involved.

it comes to a question of what "hardcore vegetarians and environmentalists" means. I don't want to spend the time or money to see a movie where someone I revere as a prophet of God is depicted as as someone who would tend not to like divine commandments very much.

Esquire
Springville, UT

@ Justmythoughts, Not just Hollywood. No one has done religion well on film.

Jim1027
St. George, UT

This is when GLOBAL WETTING started. Our moisture that we direct into the atmosphere has ruined the environment ever since.

Happy Valley Heretic
Orem, UT

Jamescmeyer said: "I don't want to spend the time or money to see a movie where someone I revere as a prophet of God is depicted as as someone who would tend not to like divine commandments very much."

Not sure what you mean, but....

(Genesis 1:29), "See, I give you every seed-bearing plant that is upon the earth, and every tree that has seed-bearing fruit, they shall be yours for food. And to all the animals on land, to all the birds of the sky, and to everything that creeps on earth, in which there is the breath of life, [I give] all the green plants for food."

So, the image presented - the plain reading of the text - is that in the Edenic state, people were to be vegetarians. And not only people; all the animals were vegetarians as well.

Linus
Bountiful, UT

Re: Elliott Bay
Seattle, WA

"Of course Noah and his families would have to be vegetarian. With only two of each animal on board you wouldn't want to wipe out an entire species every time you woke up with the munchies."

Your comment and Happy Valley Heretic's comment both reveal a lack of knowing and/or understanding scriptural truth, which is that the animals were saved on the ark in pairs, male and female, except for the edible (clean) beasts and birds. They were taken on the ark by sevens. And as soon as the ark landed on dry ground a sacrifice to God consisting of the flesh of one such edible (clean) animal was cooked (burnt) and consumed by Noah and his family.

Craig Clark
Boulder, CO

Going to see Scorsese’s Last Temptation of Christ when it was released was the one time in my life I was confronted by a protestor just for going to see a movie. As I left the ticket window to go in, a man standing just outside the entrance began calling to me, “don’t go in there, don’t you go in there! That movie lies about Jesus.”

I walked past to not let him engage me in debate. When the movie was over and I came out, he had been joined by about fifty people, some carrying placards. It was an orderly crowd. They were just making their presence and disapproval felt.

OHBU
Columbus, OH

"Aronofsky may have left God in the equation, but the director’s twisting of the narrative to suit his own purposes results in a deity whose actions are confusing at best."

This is exactly the critique of the source material--the Bible--that many non-believers have. How does one square the idea of a caring God with stories of drowning almost the whole population of the Earth, demanding of his people that they commit genocide by wiping out all men, women, children of a rival clan, or who would cause extreme pain and suffering in a follower (Job) just to prove Satan wrong.

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