There seems to be much criticism of Darren Aronofsky’s movie “Noah” from anybody who has read, or even heard of the Old Testament. It has been condemned on many fronts — not the least of which is its heavy-handed promotion of radical environmentalism. I mean, did they really have to invent an “Algorizeth” character who puts everybody to sleep by droning on while showing them armloads of boring scrolls?
To be honest, I have not seen the “biblically-inspired” fantasy film, but I understand that in some respects it has been compared favorably to such modern historical epics as “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,” and the 2003 live action adaptation of “The Cat in the Hat.” Come to think of it, I haven’t watched those movies, either. Some say that I’ve missed out. And by “some,” I mean my 6-year-old grandson, whom I have actually seen deliberately, repeatedly touch a live electric fence.
In any case, I’m withholding judgment on the film until I see it, which I may get around to, if I happen to live as long as Methuselah. Still, I can’t help but be a little suspicious of its attempt to reflect any semblance to scriptural narrative when I see teaser posters like this:
And, “artistic license,” my patootie — I hear that the scene where Tubal-cain plays “Nearer, My God to Thee” on a primitive sousaphone as the ark disappears beneath the surf just pushes it over the top on the untenability meter.