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"Noah": A movie review

by Carla Hinton Modified: March 30, 2014 at 3:45 pm •  Published: March 30, 2014

I saw “Noah” yesterday, the big-budget movie that folks have been talking about for months.

I had to give myself 24 hours to collect my thoughts and think about what I wanted to say. How do I express my disappointment in the film without seeming mean-spirited?

Well, let me just say I had high hopes because “Noah,” which premiered Friday, sought to bring one of the most well-known Bible stories to the big screen. Those hopes were dashed within the first 20 minutes. One of my friends turned to me in the theater and said she wondered if she was seeing a “Harry Potter” film by mistake (Nothing against “Harry Potter” but you would expect magical creatures like men made of rock to be in that type of film and not in a biblical “epic” about Noah.) Such was the so-called “creative license” that the movie studio took with this Bible story.

The movie went on to twist the biblical story so much that it became ridiculous. I know Hollywood films are fueled by drama but what’s more dramatic than a man building a large boat and filling it with his family and two of every animal on Earth, then surviving an epic flood within this incredible ark?! What’s more compelling?!

They didn’t need the kooky implausible twists — that are NOT in the biblical story — to garner drama. No babies held at knife point, no irrational Noah, no “Son of Cain” hiding out in the ark, killing animals one by one for appetizers. Funny thing is they had decent actors to tell this story but so much for them.

This film should have been named “No Noah.”

There may be Christians looking for the silver lining or the rainbow in this  disappointing movie? Well, some say this film may encourage more people to pick up the Bible and read it for themselves. Others say it will give Christians an opening to talk about the real message (and real story) of Noah’s ark with people who are unfamiliar with it.

I’m really sorry I spent my money to see the movie, but I needed to see it for myself.

One last thing: The Bible is full of miracles and the story of Noah is no exception — the movie producers didn’t have to go creating faux miracles. They came across as what they are: false and insincere … but they will drive up the box office numbers which is what this is apparently all about.

Why did I ever think it would be anything different?

Carla Hinton

Religion Editor

 

by Carla Hinton
Religion Editor
Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide...
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