Friday, April 4, 2014

Noah: An Interesting Analysis

In Darren Aronofsky’s new star-gilt silver screen epic, Noah, Adam and Eve are luminescent and fleshless, right up until the moment they eat the forbidden fruit.
Such a notion isn’t found in the Bible, of course. This, among the multitude of Aronofsky’s other imaginative details like giant Lava Monsters, has caused many a reviewer’s head to be scratched. Conservative-minded evangelicals write off the film because of the “liberties” taken with the text of Genesis, while a more liberal-minded group stands in favor of cutting the director some slack. After all, we shouldn’t expect a professed atheist to have the same ideas of “respecting” sacred texts the way a Bible-believer would.
Both groups have missed the mark entirely. Aronofsky hasn’t “taken liberties” with anything.
The Bible is not his text.
Dr. Mattson points to a variety of signs that Aronofsky's core text is Gnostic writings of various sorts.


SJ said...

I'm reminded of a line by C.S. Lewis, that there aren't many new heresies.

Merely old heresies in new clothes.

Doug Klassen said...

Thanks for the link to a very interesting piece. I'd already decided not to see Noah, I saw no value in giving my money to someone who intentionally created a deceitful movie that distorts God's word. Some would say "How can you criticize it if you have not seen it?" but I would reply "I don't have to visit the city dump to know it's full of trash."

AlanKH said...

I've seen major spoilers - seems the big issue is an awful plot.