Diatribe: “Noah” – Fact, Fiction or Faith … It’s Still Just A Movie.
I remember when the first Harry Potter movie came out there were actually people picketing in front of movie theaters with signs urging parents to keep their children from seeing the movie. The ever overzealous, extreme, and extremely vocal, Christian conservatives claimed that it glamorized witchcraft and the occult.
I also remember thinking “Get a grip. It’s just a movie.”
When we were kids, we watched Wyle E. Coyote drop an enormous anvil on his head every Saturday morning but nobody worried that the Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Hour promoted dangerous anvil dropping. Heck, I had a Casper the Friendly Ghost lunch box and the people in my church didn’t care.
There’s a lot of fuss this week about the new movie, Noah, directed by Darren Aronofsky and written by Aronofsky and Ari Handel, that opens today. The biblical-based epic, inspired by the story of Noah’s Ark, stars Russell Crowe as Noah and features Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, Anthony Hopkins and Douglas Booth.
Apparently, Aronofsky and Handel took some liberties with the source material and it’s got the same anti-Potter folks up in arms again. While I’m certain it’s difficult to write a script for an epic two- to three-hour-long movie based on two versus from the King James version of the Bible (Genesis 6-8), claims that their movie doesn’t depict “what really happened” are ludicrous. Even biblical literalists would agree that they needed to add dialogue.
It’s just a movie.
Surely everyone involved in the production knew, and quite possibly hoped, that there could be controversy surrounding it. If so, they were right. The movie has already been banned in many Middle East and North Africa countries because it is seen by the governments of those countries as contradicting the teaching of Islam. In Islamic tradition, the portrayal of prophets such as Noah is forbidden. There’s nothing quite like a fatwa or threats of a Christian boycott to get people talking.
But still … it’s just a movie. It’s just a movie inspired by a story in the Bible.
I hear it’s supposed to be pretty good so, if they choose to boycott the lines could be shorter.
Will you be seeing Noah this weekend?
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