One thing I find very interesting and surprising about the movie, Noah is the outrageous loathing people feel over the main character, Noah:
Albert Mohler “sociopathic monster… a madman… a murderous sociopath”
A.O. Scott “gone crazy… terrified, humorless… a genocidal lunatic… monster… righteousness pushed to the point of murderous, monomaniacal rage”
Christopher Orr “a knowing accomplice in an act of global genocide… whose zealous conviction is here taken to the brink of madness”
Paul Asay “a bit of a madman for a while… a fearsome figure of death, glowering with his unsheathed blade”
John Anderson “on the edge of mental collapse… passionate, obsessed, even homicidal…”
Robert Denerstein “goes off the deep end, turning into a zealot who goes too far…”
Alynda Wheat “obsessive bordering on psychotic with a willingness to inflict cruelty… monomaniacal… the picture of ruthlessness… God’s bouncer…”
Ken Ham “psychopath… bloodstained…”
Barbara Nicolosi “a completely unsympathetic character… intractable and insane in his conviction…”
If you’ve seen the movie, then you’ll understand why people say what they say about Noah, expertly portrayed by Russell Crowe.
But that’s not what surprises me.
Stop and think about it.
The Creator is a distant and silent character, nevertheless a constant presence in the film. The Creator drowns all of humanity, minus the people in the ark.
Noah is a conflicted character who wants to do the will of the Creator. Noah kills in self-defense, and then later, in defense of the ark. He considers killing his granddaughters, because he believes that the Creator’s will is that humanity, including Noah’s family, should be wiped off the face of the earth. Ultimately, Noah can’t bring himself to do it.
There’s plenty of violence in this film.
Who does the most violence? The Creator or Noah?
Why are people not referring to the Creator as a sociopathic, murderous, humorless, passionate, obsessed, homicidal, psychotic, bloodstained, completely unsympathetic monster? How is it that the Creator can drown almost everyone, yet Noah is the one people focus on as the genocidal lunatic, the fearsome figure of death with a willingness to inflict cruelty, the picture of ruthlessness who is intractible and insane in his conviction? Whose righteousness is pushed to the point of murderous, monomaniacal rage?
Please don’t read into what I’ve written here. Remember, I’m referring to the Creator as a character in a Hollywood flick.
Who is God? What does God do? I believe this film has plenty to say in response to these two questions. I’ll expound more on this in another blog.
In both the movie and the biblical story, humanity has become altogether wicked and violent. The Creator, or God, reacts with an exceedingly wicked and violent response. Is it wicked to drown someone? Is it violent? How about everyone? Is it wicked and violent to drown everyone? Your comments are most welcome.