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

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John Pack Lambert of Michigan
Ypsilanti, MI

Anyone who has actually read Genesis knows that there Noah is commanded to bring more of the clean beasts than the unclean beasts, indicating that he clearly was a meat eater.

Bifftacular
Spanish Fork, Ut

Hmmm... not sure why the movie was made in the first place. Who is the target audience? Bible believers? Non bible believers? If the former, why not make it bible based? If the latter, why bother at all following the bible story? Just make up a general story about a guy, a boat, and a big flood and call him Steve or something. This can't surprise anyone that Hollywood didn't get this right. Rock monsters? Hilarious.

I know it. I Live it. I Love it.
Provo, UT

ultragrampa,

I agree. The bible can seemingly paint a confusing portrait of God... but it's understandable why. If you and I witnessed an event yesterday and wrote about it- our accounts would differ. God isn't confusing, but people are.

This is why we weren't just given a set of books, but instructions on how to use them.

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"If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed."

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With ongoing revelation, a prophet, and a quorum of apostles... there's not much to confuse. That's what makes general conference so great. Not only is it a time of being taught and encouraged. It's also a time of clarity. Everything makes more sense when we're hearing the truth from the source instead of things like a Hollywood film.

gdog3finally
West Jordan, Utah

Uptight comments?

One's interpretation/belief of Noah's Ark (and there are many perspectives and beliefs) can't be perfectly presented only for them? Even if so, it wouldn't quell controversy. Look at all the factions of the complainers of this movie. Many don't agree one with another. Yet they share some sort of murmuring forum. Countless evangelicals can't agree on the 'Noah' interpretation. Muslims and other Abrahamic roots of faith also apply.

If you decide to see the movie, maybe aiming for something positive with your kids or whoever you see it with is a good idea. Or how about just enjoying the movie if you can? If you are waiting to be offended, relative to vague descriptions in the Old Testament that your ecclesiastical leader told you how it played out, then you might not want to shell out money or time for the movie in the first place.

Seeing this film won't hurt those lacking a belief window in Noah's story right? Actually, it could spark their interest. Rather completely accurate or not, the former being impossible to portray on screen, we can appreciate the story.

Moracle
Blackshear, GA

Could this be just a case of liberal-leaning Hollywood's recognition of the huge success of REAL religious films, like Son of God and The Bible? Then, consequently, wanting to get in on the money action from the religious viewers (who may avoid their PG-13 and R-rated movies)have they now coated their liberal agendas with the appearance of religion -- with a God who promotes their causes?

Could "wolf in sheep's clothing" fit here?

patriot
Cedar Hills, UT

Really like Russel Crow in just about everything he's been in - really good actor. As far as this movie....well I recall watching the ten commandments and seeing the tablets get carved by
some cool fire in the sky effects (really?) ...so what. I understand Moses and who he really was especially from the Perl Of Great Price and no so much from the Old Testatment which is full of translation errors anyway and Cecil tried his best with Heston and the ten commandments and did a pretty decent job. Movies are movies no matter what the subject matter is ....a little bit of truth thrown into a alot of made up special effects fiction. Set back - eat some popcorn and have a nice night out with the wife.

Tumbleweed
Centerville, UT

@Elliot Bay - I know it could be hard for people from Washington to believe, but not everyone, certainly not Noah, smoke/smoked marijuana, and therefore didn't get the "munchies." See Linus' clarification for the correct answer.

Wayne Rout
El Paso, TX

I would never give the folks who made this movie my money. Never do anything that would help any liberal try to spread their theology.

Stalwart Sentinel
San Jose, CA

It's simultaneously hilarious but saddening to see fellow LDS members mistakenly take the Bible literally. Christ's teachings from the NT were full of parables and since we believe him to be Jehovah of the OT it explains why the OT is full of similar parables involving great floods, living in the stomach of a whale, etc... etc....

Equally funny is their disdain for the portrayal of Noah and his family as "hardcore vegetarian environmentalists" which is precisely what the Word of Wisdom advocates we be.

Mark from Montana
Davis County, UT

Haven't seen the movie, but I heard one thing that will make run screaming into the dark......someone, a young child, requests that Crowe sing them to sleep.

NO, don't do it. Russel Crowe can do many things well, but singing isn't one of them. Save us all from him ever singing on film again.

dmcvey
Los Angeles, CA

It's a story about how a petty god kills all humans--men, women, children, babies and animals and then feels bad for it. How much can we really get from that?

1stmeridian
Eagle Mountain, UT

We know for a fact that early humans lived 40 yrs? Please, Why can't evolutionists accept that their facts are theory. Theory based on flawed science that judges things that happened well out of our lifetime.

DonO
Draper, UT

@Esquire.

Of course it's entertainment. That's what the reviewer emphasized throughout the article. But any time a producer takes on a theme that many believe to be truth and the producer considers to be fiction, he/she is playing with creative fire. I predict the film may recover it's production costs but little else.

Stalwart Sentinel
San Jose, CA

1stmeridian - Riiiight... because the "evidence" you have that early humans lived close to 1,000 years is so much more convincing than petty things such as established science regarding evolution and the origins of modern-day humans.

StansburyFann
Grantsville, UT

@stalwart sentinel
So if the story of Noah is a "parable", does that mean the stories of Adam and Eve, Moses, Joseph, and Abraham are "parables" also?

StansburyFann
Grantsville, UT

you say you are LDS but you seem to believe in established science regarding evolution and the origins of modern-day humans more than the bible.

KJB1
Eugene, OR

StansburyFann 9:31 a.m.

Yep, pretty much.

Shazandra
Bakersfield, CA

Thank you for the review- Right on with every other one. Hollywood, period- what'd you expect?

As for LDS bemoaning 'leaving the Biblical text'- surely you jest. Ether says it best...

Wow- is all I can render after reading the hate-filled, ignorant comments from the agnostic stripes.

And I'd rather sit through a filibuster than listen to disrespectful atheists lecture believers on a subject of which they know zilch.

Hank Jr
Draper, UT

The upside.....perhaps people will start having an interest in the Bible.

BigRich
Orem, UT

Biblical or not, it lost me at the rock people. I thought I had morphed into The Lord of the Rings' tree people. Maybe that explains the petrified forest. And how do you explain Noah's switch from a desire to save to a desire to kill? Why put the family on the ark to begin with?

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