‘Noah,’ A Good Movie Based on Bible Story

March 24, 2014 8:47 PM
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A new review for the film Noah calls it a “good movie based on a Bible story.” Some of the early pre-release reviews have said the film deviates too far from the story’s biblical basis. This one seems to focus much less on criticizing and leans more toward acceptance. It’s a good review nonetheless and certainly warrants reading.

The review, by Rebecca Cusey, calls the film a “work of art in film and a theological exploration of the ways of God and man.” She cites art and how, despite some inaccuracies, the works are still deemed beautiful.

 

“Anyone hoping to see merely an accurate portrayal of the few verses in Genesis is thinking too small. The movie is much bigger, much richer, and much more exciting than that,” she writes.

The writer also states that Noah is the kind of film Christians should want Hollywood to make. She calls it “a good movie made for everyone, that happens to be based on a Bible story.”

It certainly sounds like the film thrills in terms of acting and special effects. The raging flood waters and action scenes seemingly add the thrill and intrigue for those not so interested in the Bible story. Russell Crowe is apparently quite impressive in his role.

“Russell Crowe does a wonderful job as Noah, a decent man tasked with a huge burden. He is tortured, yes, but resolute. Jennifer Connelly, equally resolute, becomes a lovely voice of mercy in an increasingly dark story. Emma Watson, as Noah’s adopted daughter, has a surprisingly large role. She is occasionally overwrought, but still a fine actor,” Cusey writes.

Her summary says it all.

“Ultimately, the movie explores hope versus despair, mercy in tension with justice, second beginnings. It is dark, but the darkness makes the clearing skies all the more lovely. It is a work of art and one that I recommend seeing, for believers and nonbelievers alike,” she wrote.

Who wouldn’t want to see a film like this? Noah opens in theaters nationwide this coming weekend.

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