Finally saw NOAH last night. To all the Christians that are disappointed it wasn’t the Sunday School version of the story we’ve heard all our lives, I think you misunderstand the medium of film (and story-telling in general). The best stories are the ones that resonate with something innate inside us all. That pierce through the shallow, stony exteriors and hit a vein much further below the surface. Deep down where no story is truly original, but a re-telling (in a new way) of a Truth that has always been true. This is when an audience can relate to a story because they themselves can identify with that truth which is being explored.
To tell Noah the way we’ve always heard it would be pointless and redundant. Not to mention boring – we’ve all heard it before.
But Aronofsky explored other, deeper truths within the story. Truths that, if we are open enough to see and hear, just might teach us something about who God is, and who we are as humanity.
I personally felt like the narrative addressed issues like who really is ‘good’ and who really is ‘wicked.’ And maybe both can be found in each of us. Those generalizations we’ve made about ‘all those wicked and godless people’ don’t necessarily hold up, when you cross paths with one of those people as an individual and find goodness within them. And the same is true about the ‘righteous’ – under the right, grueling circumstances even they are capable of wicked behavior. And if that’s true, then we are all in the same boat, and mercy is given to all.
This is what makes redemption so powerful, and for me that was the theme of this account of Noah.
Cultural, political, and social agendas aside, this story is about redemption. And that my friends is the heart of every good and true God story. And every good and true human story. That’s what I celebrate about this film.