Hollywood and Noah

Donald Duck serves as Noah's assistant in "Donald's Ark,
part of Disney's "Fantasia 2000."

It’s over a month away from the premiere of Darren Aronofsky’s Noah, but the film continues to make headlines and most of them not good. People are complaining about everything from an environmental theme of the movie to the fact that Noah is being portrayed by Russell Crowe.
The problem is, most of these armchair critics have only seen the trailer for the film (which I might add, looks suspicious) but not the whole movie. It’s a classic case of judging a book by its coverflap.

Some critics have been invited to pre-screenings of the film including Joseph Cirilo who says: “This is most likely one of those times where the film is only loosely based on the actual text. Although the filmmakers behind the project would like us to believe it is the telling of ‘the untold story’ to witness in 3D and Imax, likely what we'll see is the telling of the filmmakers own version of 2012 meets the bible.”

But Ted Baehr from MovieGuide, a Christian movie review ministry, had a different take on the movie: "Noah doesn't significantly stray from the biblical source material and instead remains quite faithful. In fact, by the time the film comes out, the whole issue may be moot. All of the hyper-environmentalism that's being reported, it's not in the final movie. The environmental points are there, but they are dropped pretty quickly, and it's more oriented toward salvation, and loving God, and being fruitful.”

We’ll have to wait and see when the film arrives in theaters at the end of March. In the meantime, remember that this isn’t Hollywood’s first foray into the 40 days and 40 nights of rain. Here are some of the more memorable ones with their own share of controversies:

Noah’s Ark (1928)
This melodramatic romance/disaster film was originally intended to be a silent film to be released in 1926 but with the new technology of the time, new scenes with dialogue were added making the film “half silent/half talkie.” The movie told two stories – one about a biblical Noah and a “modern” story about World War I. Both stories featured the same actors including Dolores Costello and George o’Brien. It cost about one million to make, three actors drowned, Costello caught pneumonia and John Wayne served as one of the films extras. 

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