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April 02, 2014

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Mattson responds to some critics here.

Interesting. I didn't catch the gnostic elements when I saw it, but I see it now.

I wanted to enjoy this movie in spite of knowing ahead of time that it doesn't follow the Bible. So I decided to treat it, not as an effort to convey the Biblical story, but as a new work of fiction loosely based on Biblical characters. I've taken to treating all movies based on books that way to keep me from being disappointed. I see movies as new creations by the producers, writers, and directors, so I don't judge them by how closely they follow the books, and that has made me a happier person. I enjoyed Noah. The lava creatures struck me as being the most unlike the Bible (the closest parallel I could think of was the nephilim), but I liked them. It kind of reminded me of _Lady In Water_ by M. Night Shyamalan. I thought the villain was an interesting character with some depth, and not just a flat boring evil guy. His biggest desire was to survive, and he was bitter about being forsaken by the creator.

I liked Noah for the story, the character development (although Shem and Japheth were pretty thin characters), and the special effects.

I think some Christians are more just bummed out about the "Bait & Switch" on the promotion of the film as somewhat Biblical....if they had just said it was base on Gnostic writings, sci-fi, fantasy, horror, acid trips, not to do with The Bible account....that would have been far easier to accept, in my opinion. They did try to make a Disclaimer, but still sound like it would be more based off The Bible & true to that account...as if....that just strikes me as funny & dishonest. I'm not sure they should have even used this Disclaimer before Noah: "The film is inspired by the story of Noah. While artistic license has been taken, we believe that this film is true to the essence, values, and integrity of a story that is a cornerstone of faith for millions of people worldwide. The biblical story of Noah can be found in the book of Genesis.” True to the essence, values and integrity of a story that is a cornerstone of faith for millions of people worldwide....REALLY? That statement seems laughable after the reviews I have heard & read. ~~~~ I guess my question about Noah is this: Some people say, "An Atheist simply put his artsy perspective on a Biblical story & took some liberties & filled in some details....he glamorized Noah for being disobedient, and makes God out be evil in character or not to be followed & honored." OK. Please don't call the film remotely Biblical anymore, at that point. Call it Gnostic. The Bible called Noah a righteous man, or man of faith...not warped or unstable as this film seems bent on doing. And obviously Darren did not do God's true character much justice.

I think everyone needs to consider the implications of what Dr. Mattson said here,

"I believe Aronofsky did it as an experiment to make fools of us: “You are so ignorant that I can put Noah (granted, it's Russell Crowe!) up on the big screen and portray him literally as the ‘seed of the Serpent’ and you all will watch my studio’s screening and endorse it.”

He’s having quite the laugh. And shame on everyone who bought it."

I'll be honest. I never expected this film to be an accurate portrayal of the biblical story. I had hoped and prayed that it would at least get viewers asking questions that might provide for opportunities to witness the gospel.

However, if Dr. Mattson is correct (I haven't studied Gnosticism very in depth myself, but he seems to know what he's talking about) then this film implicitly gives glory to the devil.

This is a very serious error and don't feel Christians should have any part in it.

Great post Amy! Mattson's critique is quite compelling!

I am dumbstruck by the "spin", wordsmithing, and contortions some Christians(?) are now engaged in to assert that the snakeskin somehow represents "good," Christian theology is upheld, and those who speak against the movie are fundamentalist whackos.

Bottom line: This not the story of Noah of the Bible. Any Christian leader who tries to claim it is, is wrong.

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