We went to see Noah the movie. Some don’t like it and it rates at Rotten Tomatoes 46% with audience and 77% with critics. I wasn’t sure sitting through it but found it thought provoking in hindsight. I read that the maker of the movie was out to make the most unbiblical biblical account of Noah and I can see how. There are some deeper truths but the story fills in a lot of imaginative details. Those seeking a simple embellishment of the Bible’s account will be disappointed. What I don’t like is Sham’s wife giving birth to twins while on the Ark, clearly contradicting the Bible’s narrative about the three sons and wives of Noah. Taking liberty in filling in the background story is one thing but contradicting the plain text of the biblical narrative doesn’t sit well with me.
Overall, it deals with:
- All have sinned, including Noah. He was chosen to build the Ark not because he was perfect but because he listened and submitted to God.
- It was possible to misunderstand God even when Noah was carrying out God’s will. He thought he had to let everyone on board die and was fanatical about carrying out his mission, including murdering his newborn granddaughters.
- Mercy triumphs over judgment. With his dagger raised, Noah couldn’t bring himself to killing the twins. God validated Noah’s submission to mercy with the promise of the rainbow.
At the end, it showed Ham leaving the family in a grudge, carrying the seed of sin with him.
An interesting embellishment is the Watchers, fallen angels who, in the beginning of the story and in disobedient to God, assisted men to make them great. They were cursed and were trapped in encrusted rocks. They in turn were hunted by men and retreated to seclusion. After seeing God’s stamp of approval on Noah, they helped build the Ark and defended the family against men’s attack. When the first one died, it cried out to God for forgiveness and returned to heaven in a streak of glory. The rest eventually followed suit. This demonstrates God’s acceptance of those who repent, regardless of their offence and earthly sufferings.
Overall, Noah is a well thought out production. One doesn’t need to agree with everything but the movie requires much more thought than just seeing its special effects and surface storyline.