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(Electronic America media group at the Daily Kos) The film Noah is the number one rated box office movie at $125 million dollars, which is banned in Qatar, Bahrain and United Arab Emirates, and expected to be banned in some other countries as well. It is a non-religious movie that was inspired by the biblical tale of how Noah was called upon by God to build the Ark in preparation for a global flood, the plot as such requires no further introduction.

This film however it is NOT a strict version at all of what some people believe is taken from the biblical tale. It does take some artistic license, because the intent is merely to provide an entertainment movie and make money while entertaining people. The leading character Noah is played by none other than...yes you guessed it, Russell Crowe who comes forth as the strong silent type. He played in the top rated film Gladiator which established Crowe's on-screen tough guy persona as being someone you don't want to mess with. Noah of course is a larger than life role that any actor must grow into. This includes Russel Crowe who must compete for viewer attention with mind numbing special effects which are seldomly seen on screen and in cinema with that authentic wow reaction that we all had the first time we saw Jurassic Park, but the wows keep coming as the film is given an authentic feeling of under the fingernail deeply embedded very coarse shades of gray, grit and grim throughout this action packed often with violent frenetic and occasionally romantic moments.

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Anthony Hopkins who plays as Methuselah(Noah's grandfather) brings a truly authentic quality to the screen unmatched, leaving the viewer completely defenseless. He makes you really believe you are seeing and listening to Methuselah who is believed to be the longest living human being on record, lives in what may only be described as fastidiously spartan circumstances in a natural cave, wherein a man who has seen everything and has had everything in his enormously long life, he finds refreshingly extraordinary pleasures in the simple things such as eating a berry and speaking to his great-grandchild Japheth (played by Leo McHugh Carroll) in his humble cave abode.. Hopkins speaks to the simplicity of truth and to the wisdom of honesty and loyalty to his creator, yet there are whimsical moments where we see that glean in the eye that is the authentic Anthony Hopkins, who invites us all to suspend reality and simply believe through the touch which is his gift alone both on-screen and off.  

Noah's wife Naameh is played by none other then Jennifer Connelly, the soft feminine yet tough as nails lovely wife of Noah and mother to his 3 sons. She is in a fight throughout the film in a pushed to the wall struggle of survival for herself and her children in a world that is fastidiously coarse, gritty and gratuitously violent. She challenges us to aspire and hope and to never give up on life because in life there's always hope and love which is at the essence of her feminine touch. This comes across as so authentic, so as to leave us feeling touched. She is on a mission to persuade Noah to save humanity itself. So it is that she has to persuade Noah not to act on what he believes the message that he has received which is that God has selected humanity for extinction, in what is clearly a creator designed global extinction event, which Noah believes includes his family. She must in order to defend the survival of the human race prevent Noah from sacrificing his two adopted infant granddaughters who are the last best hope of human survival, and who are destined to become the mothers of all living human beings on the earth.

The screen version of the film Noah apparently harkens back to a time in human evolutionary history before our appendix went into atrophy when human beings could eat bloody raw uncooked meat. Once however we moved beyond that finger licking good event (yuck), we see the retrograde state that humanity has fallen to under the tutelage and influence of Satan wherein greed, unbridled avarice reminiscent of modern day Wall Streeters became the natural state of existence of humanity. A quality which was personified in the person of King Tubal-cain, who is an evil Lord under demonic influence (played by Ray Winstone) who attempts throughout the film to recruit Noah's young son Ham, (played by Logan Lerman) to turn to the dark side wherein he pronounces to Tubal-cain to Ham that a man must not be afraid to take what is rightfully his, so as to vengefully turn him against his father Noah throughout the movie. More precisely attempts to get Ham to listen to his own inner most demons, so as to turn to his most base instincts of his dark side in a movie which is full of supernatural events that often seem to defy the imagination, physics and logic but in doing so create an awesome cinematic event fit for the whole family, which includes a tasteful romantic interlude between Noah's eldest son Shem (played by Douglas Booth) and Noah's adopted daughter Ila (played by Emma Watson).

This lightens up the often dark coarse gray tones of a movie which subject matter seems vulgar or even psychotic at times, having witnessed the destruction of the planet earth by water. In what otherwise may only be described as a struggle of the state of human existence, where we must all confront the light and the dark sides within us. It is a struggle for personal identity, hope, resistance, love and survival. This cinematic masterpiece weaves and blends these elements in a way so as to create a new reality that allows the viewer to suspend disbelief, and for a few short hours to believe in Noah and his coarsely built ark. I give this movie a two strong thumbs up. Bring your friends and family. Heck bring the whole neighborhood. It's the non-religious film that will make you believe. If all you expect is a good entertainment box office movie that stays true to the human condition and that makes you think and feel surely you won't be disappointed by the movie, its acting or the special effects. I wasn't and I look forward to seeing it again. Who knows maybe I'll see you there. Smile!  

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This movie review comes with not only a two thumbs up but my librarian's movie reviewer stamp of approval for the whole family. So go see it and remember to have fun!

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  •  Non-religious? (10+ / 0-)

    From the filmmakers,


     The film is inspired by the story of Noah. While artistic license has been taken, we believe that this film is true to the essence, values and integrity of a story that is a cornerstone of faith for millions of people worldwide. The biblical story of Noah can be found in the book of Genesis.
    •   Ah! That's their take (18+ / 0-)

      but film reviews aren't about their take. They're about your take. We want to invite people who have seen the movie to tell us, do you think it's religious or not? Does it have an environmental message or not? Was Noah the first environmentalist or not and here's the most important question of all, did you like it or not? Who cares what they think. This diary asks the question, what do you think?

      Personally I thought it was good entertainment. For someone looking for an entertainment movie, I say you won't be disappointed. That is my 2 cents worth. What is yours readers? What say you all?

      You ran into a hardcore progressive whos just another working stiff with an MBA degree & vociferous labor union supporter

      by Democrats Ramshield on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 05:47:39 AM PDT

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      •  what say we all? (29+ / 0-)

        I say that I am most amused (but unsurprised) by the reaction the film is getting from the religious right.

        Inthe Wall Street Journal, a reviewer complained that the film was a "fictional interpretation" of the Biblical story...

         You can't make it up.

        As my father used to say,"We have the best government money can buy."

        by BPARTR on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 05:54:00 AM PDT

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        •  Yes, imagine that, (36+ / 0-)

          a fictional representation of a fictional representation.

          “The future depends entirely on what each of us does every day.” Gloria Steinem

          by ahumbleopinion on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 06:04:08 AM PDT

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        •  I have a problem with it being called a "Biblical" (6+ / 0-)

          story. Yes, the story of Noah is briefly told in the Bible, but Christians act like they have an "exclusive" on Noah. The story of Noah was first told in the Jewish Holy Book, the Torah, so it's just as much a "Jewish story" as it is Biblical. And then the story of Noah was repeated in the Islamic Holy Book, the Koran. In the Koran Noah is treated as a Prophet, considered to be one of the earliest Prophets sent by God to mankind. That's why it is banned in those Islamic countries - modern Islam considers any portrayal of a Prophet mentioned in the Koran to be blasphemous.

          Tales of massive, destructive  floods were very common in the Middle East in pre-Biblical times, and as was also very common in that era, instead of attributing floods to acts of natural forces they were considered retribution from an angry God or Gods.

          If I were a Christian I would be much more worried about things other than how a movie portrays one of the more ridiculous stories in the Bible that was copied from Jewish tales.

          David Koch, a teacher and a Tea Partier sit down a table with a plate of a dozen cookies. Koch quickly stuffs 11 cookies in his pockets, leans to the bagger and says "watch out, the union thug will try to steal your cookie".

          by Dave in AZ on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 08:47:44 AM PDT

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          •  The Bible is not a Frackin' CNN report! (0+ / 0-)

            Almost every culture on the face of the planet has a story of the flood... but that doesn't mean it happened as much as it shows that the story is part of the collective mythos of the human psyche.

            In the forward of the collective "Grimm's Fairy Tales" (the ones before they were Disney-fied into all having happy endings), there is a commentary on the art of the story teller.

            It explains that these stories were told at night by firelight and had a rhythm that with the coming of the electric light has all but faded away. They were stories of light and dark forces that come from the deep archetypal layers of the psyche and were teaching stories about how these forces interacted with each other... and ultimately influenced our conscious mind.

            "Oh God, my God, the night has values that the day has never dreamed of."
            ---Thomas Merton
            These stories have real power from a psychological perspective, like the dream you had last night that for some reason you feel compelled to talk about with others while most dreams are forgotten. Such "power dreams" move one to take conscious action... and these Biblical allegories have such power, enough that these stories keep getting repeated over and over and handed down from one generation to the next.

            The Biblical Book of Genesis, from which the story of Noah is taken and begins with a dream, as well as the Zohar have quotes like, "A dream uninterpreted is as a letter from God unopened."

            So what is the point of these stories, these dreams, why are we as human beings moved by them. Why are they held and passed down over thousands of years?

            "There is in all visible things an invisible fecundity, a dimmed light, a meek namelessness, a hidden wholeness. This mysterious Unity and Integrity is Wisdom, the Mother of all, Natura naturans."
            ---Thomas Merton
            Natura naturans, which loosely translated means "nature doing what nature does" and Merton here points to the psyche's ability to bring the disparate elements of our conscious life together, into honest unity, that gives rise to wisdom.

            To try to treat Biblical allegories, like Noah, as factual CNN news reports as the fundamentalist christian groups are choosing to do, is to miss the point of why this story has been told and retold for endless generations.

            I find the author of this diary's approach to be much more appropriate and useful... go see it... let it wash over you and let the feelings and what ever wisdom may emerge from it within you be what you take away from the film.

      •  Ok. (15+ / 0-)

        Here's some reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

        For all the high-tech showmanship on display, this retelling of Noah and the Ark marks a serious effort to engage with the Old Testament as a literary text.
        In some ways, Noah resembles one of those Kirk Cameron movies about the apocalypse, only with a better cast and more dazzling special effects.
        Despite its flamboyant, and at times goofy, fantasy trappings, Noah is firmly anchored by the fierce moral intensity of Aronofsky's vision, which is, if anything, more Old Testament than the Old Testament itself
        And what do you mean by "make you want to believe"?
        •  I like Noah's values. Mercy, particularly. (1+ / 0-)
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          Taking dreams to be God's Voice ??? Not so much.

          "Stealing kids' lunch money makes them strong and independent." -- Rand Ryan-Paul von Koch

          by waterstreet2013 on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 08:34:00 AM PDT

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          •  Noah's Mercy? (0+ / 0-)
            Genesis 9:24-25 And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him.

            And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren.

            Ham was Noah's son. Canaan was Noah's grandfather. So the "merciful" Noah punished his grandson for what his son had done. Okay........

            If you don't watch news, you're un-informed. If you watch Fox news, you're mis-informed. (paraphrasing Mark Twain)

            by edg on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 01:33:36 PM PDT

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        •  billybush - in literature film if you will & cinem (0+ / 0-)

          the story teller in order to transport you into a wider more vibrant world of his/her creation must motivate you to suspend belief that allow you to participate in the story in a way that isn't fully possible without being engaged to suspend disbelief, that hoverboards do exist, cars can fly and that an Ark can survive a global flood. The ability and the desire to want to believe is known to be the hallmark of all great literature. It is this hall mark in my opinion this movie has achieved and as such my review attempts to communicate this to you. So perhaps now you will rec my diary (humor)

          You ran into a hardcore progressive whos just another working stiff with an MBA degree & vociferous labor union supporter

          by Democrats Ramshield on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 11:12:50 AM PDT

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        •  Saw the movie and was surprised to how not (0+ / 0-)

          good it is.  Too many POVs.  Not real fantasy, not good science fiction, poor history, and too dark to really see the CGI animals well.

          The real interesting part of the story is how easy it is for man to believe he is hearing god and how confusing that can be.

          Then is the final arrogance that man has more mercy than god.

          ultimately, the visuals for me demonstrated how patriarchy has always sucked and is never really civilized.

          I never believed the Bible literally for the images invoked by it and shown by this movie.  A creator creates and loves the act of creating.  He would not stand around and want to be praised, blessed, and glorified all the time.  She wouldn't need it.  She would be moving on to creating something new and different.  Diversity would be her highest achievement.  The proof that she was constantly evolving and growing--not staying around an old man on a throne watching the stupid.  She loved enough to grant that same free will to grow and evolve to everything.

      •  It should have been named (6+ / 0-)

        Epic of Gilgamesh. Because it was named Noah, it fits into that "religious" mode that has become so popular.

        I won't watch any movie that might be considered relating to a religious figure. I didn't watch any movies that showed the ancients worshiping their gods, so why would I watch a movie extolling a particular gods actions.

        I reject your reality and substitute my own - Adam Savage

        by woolibaar on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 07:44:19 AM PDT

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        •  that must restrict your viewing a great deal (2+ / 0-)
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          by TrueBlueMajority on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 12:13:28 PM PDT

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          •  Not really. (0+ / 0-)

            There was a movie about the Aztecs or Mayans or something ancient but it was too violent (according to the ads).

            I don't include the worshiping of money as relating to a particular god.

            I watch the History Channel and some of their stuff is biblical - I might watch to hear the anti-bible stuff. I've watched the Hitler stuff (his religion, his parapsychology stuff, etc).

            If it is overtly name for a biblical reference or a god reference, I don't watch it and I don't watch the ads. For instance, the series "The Bible" I didn't watch. It has the same need-to-watch quality as the Duck Dynasty.

            BTW, the last movie I saw was "The Grand Budapest Hotel." Strange movie - kinda funny, kinda not.

            I reject your reality and substitute my own - Adam Savage

            by woolibaar on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 02:47:14 PM PDT

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          •  No kidding! (0+ / 0-)

            I loved Thor , and Clash of the Titans was pretty entertaining (if not really substantial).

            © grover


            So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

            by grover on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 02:53:50 PM PDT

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      •  thanks for your review! (0+ / 0-)

        I haven't seen it yet, but I wrote this a week ago. It is an examination of the Biblical text.

    •  Yeah, I'm not sure what would make a movie (4+ / 0-)

      non-religious or religious.  Quite a lot has been written, for example, about the role of religion in The Simpsons, which is really quite positive.  Does that make it a religious tv show?  Is it about the content of the movie or show or about what the maker is trying to accomplish or the intended audience?

      So I see only tatters of clearness through a pervading obscurity - Annie Dillard -6.88, -5.33

      by illinifan17 on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 07:34:38 AM PDT

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      •  Differentiation (2+ / 0-)
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        There is a whole industry of religious movies that are made by the religious to be viewed by the religious.  It's simply another way that they do religion together.

        In that respect, it is not the same thing.

        There is a clear distinction between those things.

        It's getting more difficult to tell the intentionally religious movies from the movies that tell a story from a religion.  

        Streichholzschächtelchen

        by otto on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 08:17:27 AM PDT

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  •  I wasn't going to see it (22+ / 0-)

    as I did not want to be preached to. You have convinced me the movie is not going for that, and I might enjoy the story, acting and effects.

    Think it is appropriate for a 12 year old girl to see? Thanks.

    "No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money." -- JC, Matthew 6:24

    by Chi on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 06:01:03 AM PDT

    •  I do. (14+ / 0-)

      My husband and I went to see it and I took away the same feelings as DR (Democrats Ramshield).

      Cats are better than therapy, and I'm a therapist.

      by Smoh on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 06:22:59 AM PDT

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    •  To Chi - That's a great question (15+ / 0-)

      Well, in the mind of this reviewer it earned it's PG-13 rating. This is definitely not an R rated movie. I think 12 years and above, good age group. Now to be clear when I was a 14 years old the fake blood and gore would have probably scared the daylights out of me but in today's online and video game world all of the fake blood and guts that kids see, this movie won't phase them. This is a good all around family viewing, there's no cursing, there's no nudity, as such there's no hard core sex scenes that parents need to worry about. There's no negative messages about drugs or alcohol. The movie is basic good solid family viewing, where even the good guys in the end get to win. You will definitely get your money's worth. It's just a solid all around entertainment movie. I went there for the entertainment value and wasn't disappointed because like yourself I don't go to the movies to be preached to, i go there to have fun.

      This movie gets this librarian's stamp of approval (smile)

      You ran into a hardcore progressive whos just another working stiff with an MBA degree & vociferous labor union supporter

      by Democrats Ramshield on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 06:24:41 AM PDT

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    •  you won't feel preached to (5+ / 0-)

      I think it is probably appropriate for most 12 year old girls to see.  There is no major/gratuitous nudity, the lovemaking spiritual in a fairy dust kind of way.  The sexiest moment truly may have been when grandpa Methusala gives his blessing to Noah's daughter.  The first thing I did after I saw the movie was get out the bible and read the story in Genesis.  It had been a really long time since I read it, and I had forgotten how wacky the bible story is.  There would be no way to neatly and accurately tell the story, so I can't blame them for making most of it up. Russell Crowe portrays Noah through an unsettling series of transformations, all unexplained (why does he appear with his head shaved in the middle of the movie?) which seems to unconsciously capture the sheer insanity of this story.  Noah and his family do not fit in to the neighborhood, bringing fountains and greenery to a ghastly scorched earth.  Nasty neighbors, including some women wearing black head scarves, try to ruin their plans to save themselves, and I'm wondering if this detail has inspired the boycotting by some Middle Eastern countries that we're hearing about, which only makes sense if you want to say Noah's ark represents Israel?  Conveniently, a bunch of industrial grade fallen angels volunteer to help Noah with his project--the only hokey bit--well, there might have been a few others.  Jennifer Connelly, as Noah's wife, is as sane and capable as Noah is off the beam--she is the most relatable character, representing most of us most of the time, dealing with an inscrutable God and a semi-crazy husband, she manages without too much screaming and duplicity.  I would say this movie is only tangentially related to the Biblical Noah story, but it is worth seeing.  And there's plenty for the 12 year-old boys to enjoy as well.

    •  12 is borderline, so it really depends on the kid. (6+ / 0-)

      The violence is not gory, but it is troubling, as the movie intends it to be.  This is a morally troubling story and I have known some 12 year-olds who would have been ready for it and some not.  I would say appropriate for almost any 14-15 year old, so if your daughter is a couple of years ahead in intellectual and emotional maturity, then it could be okay.

      When I went there was one child in the audience who was about 7-8 and I was definitely uncomfortable about that.

      So I see only tatters of clearness through a pervading obscurity - Annie Dillard -6.88, -5.33

      by illinifan17 on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 07:42:34 AM PDT

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    •  Thank you all for your responses. eom (2+ / 0-)
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      "No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money." -- JC, Matthew 6:24

      by Chi on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 07:57:55 AM PDT

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  •  That's a "wow" review, Democrats Ramshield, (18+ / 0-)

    I remember having read some diaries of yours, but this one is of different quality. Your wording reflects probably the special effects of the movie.

    So, do you think, if you took out all the special effects from the movie, that it's still worth seeing?

    I can't stand too much noise in movies these days. How about the sound effects? Are they too loud? The overload of images has taken a toll on my mental eyes as well.

    I guess I have to see the movie after all to not stay as an ignorant idiot among my colleagues. I will see how many of them have already seen it.

    I just saw on France24 "observers direct" a devastating report of how the gold mining in Guinea changes a former lush landscape with trees, bushes and a variety of animals all sustaining the population in that area into a mars-like horror area full of death. Nothing will grow there anymore, the water will be gone completely.

    So, in my mind, the Noah of today will be an African watching his environment dying and the dangers of himself dying with it.

    •  to mimi - thanks for the great post! (10+ / 0-)

      My reviewer's take is that (BTW I review a lot of movies and books as a librarian) the acting with this all star cast is so good it really stands on its own. As supported by the costume and set design. Obviously the visual special effects are stunning but equally breathtaking is the great sound track, where the music especially helped elaborate the story. The soundtrack is really phenomenal, especially in surround sound.

      Mimi you are in for a great entertainment experience, all around. Anyone seeking an entertainment experience albeit one inspired by the biblical story of Noah's Ark, won't be disappointed. Russell Crowe is a great actor and action star. Anthony Hopkins as usual delivers a breathtaking performance as do the other supporting actors. Of course I'm an Emma Watson fan as well.

      Mimi for me movies are just a fun entertainment experience. This gets a two thumbs up and all around librarian's stamp of approval (warm smile). Thanks for the great post. Please tell us more about the documentary you saw? Sounds interesting. Perhaps someone will do a review on it as well.

      You ran into a hardcore progressive whos just another working stiff with an MBA degree & vociferous labor union supporter

      by Democrats Ramshield on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 06:31:35 AM PDT

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      •  now that's a thumbs up, I follow you now on (2+ / 0-)
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        twitter (if I ever bother to open it:)) and will see the movie.

        You are a librarian working overseas? I remember you saying you are located in Germany.  I guess you are a real librarian by profession and education then, lucky you.

        I do work as an archivist, but are not educated as an archivist or librarian and therefore I work for the last archive you ever want to see. But I am going to quit in a couple of weeks and though these changes are somewhat scary and my depressive-aggressive mood swings are clearly related to that fact, I have to say that in the last couple of days I finally think I know what I could do with myself when all of the sudden I have the freedom to choose and to work as I see fit. My musing over the effect of movies, video-documentaries and images and the overload I got of them, had finally brought some clarity to my mind and the light at the end of the tunnel is visible now. yeah!! :)

        I am telling you if you wait long enough you find a solution to any problem. :) Ok, I am talking silly now, but I have to tell you that my son is called Noah and we are out and ready to go to save the world from utter destruction... :)

        I couldn't find yet the france24  documentary online yet. May be in a couple of days I will find it on their website. It was broadcasted this morning around 9 am EST here.

        •  To mimi - Thanks for your efforts in this regard (1+ / 0-)
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          Sounds like you're going to be taking a well earned break from your work a day life, good for you in that regard to make time to smell the flowers.

          You know I've been thinking about it. I can honestly say that I really don't know of any other actors besides Crowe who could have stepped in to the shoes of the larger than life role of Noah. His tough guy persona throughout the movie clearly shines through, yet there are moments of human frailty and doubt that he must concurrently shoulder. This adds depth and the human quality to the character in a way that I don't believe anyone other than Crowe could have brought to the role in terms of providing this rich dichotomy.

          There is a rich genuine human quality which shines through where we can see the burdens of uncertainty and doubt weighing him down. It's a complex dynamic, but Crowe handles the larger than life Noah role well. Also I think it's really cool that you have named your son Noah. It's a such a strong name. :-)

          I think you'll find you'll both have a great time at the film.

          You ran into a hardcore progressive whos just another working stiff with an MBA degree & vociferous labor union supporter

          by Democrats Ramshield on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 10:39:17 AM PDT

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  •  The movie sounds like it might be good. (13+ / 0-)

    I can assure you, though, that nothing will make me "want to believe." That train left the station half a century or more ago.

    Thank you for an entertaining review.

  •  About eating bloody fresh meat... (6+ / 0-)

    From the Laws of Noah:

       The prohibition of idolatry.
        The prohibition of murder.
        The prohibition of theft.
        The prohibition of sexual immorality.
        The prohibition of blasphemy.
        The prohibition of eating flesh taken from an animal while it is still alive.
        The requirement of maintaining courts to provide legal recourse.
    Another review I've read said it's a very Jewish movie, which still makes it refreshing since all I've ever seen were Christian interpretations of the story of Utnapishtim.

    Hillary does not have the benefit of a glib tongue.

    by The Dead Man on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 06:23:35 AM PDT

    •  Want a Jewish movie, try "Artificial Intelligence" (0+ / 0-)

      a.k.a., A.I., from Steven Spielberg back in 2001.

      Kabbalah symbolism every scene. And the ending has humanity's robots becoming angels, perfected and apparently immortal.

      "Stealing kids' lunch money makes them strong and independent." -- Rand Ryan-Paul von Koch

      by waterstreet2013 on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 08:25:52 AM PDT

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  •  I always guessed his wife's name was Joan of Ark (4+ / 0-)

    The Bible doesn't say...

  •  It figures its banned in place like the UAE (5+ / 0-)

    They have a lot more in common with right wing Fundy Christians in this country than either admits.
    (Besides having a screw loose.)

    •  imagine (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      gffish, SuWho

      If these fundies in the US had a theocracy, they'd ban as much as they could.  IT wouldn't be any different.  

      Streichholzschächtelchen

      by otto on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 08:20:42 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  I think it follows a pretty standard prohibition (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      DrTerwilliker

      For what it's worth, the got these religious scholars over there that might as well be legal scholars. I think their math is pretty simple: no showing the body of a prophet in film.

      So who's a prophet? Moses, Noah, Jesus, Mohammed and all those other ones you're thinking I might have mentioned here. If they're in the movie, the movie is out.

      I'm sure plenty of folks over there will see the video at home, but public viewing is a different deal.

      Yeah, they're like the fundy Christians, moreso the more I know them. But all can be very nice and friendly if you give them a chance. I just worry when they vote.

  •  I Haven't Seen the Movie (3+ / 0-)

    And I hadn't intended to until it hit cable.

    However, this makes me want to go.  Maybe I'll round up the family and go this afternoon.

    Thanks.  

    •  I am so glad to be forewarned about this one (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      TrueBlueMajority, VickiL

      There are some movies best seen in theaters. Still regret not going to see Avatar...

      We have it within our power to make the world over again ~ Thomas Paine

      by occupystephanie on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 07:46:11 AM PDT

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    •  Prepare that the Rockies are taken from (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Mostserene1, VickiL

      an extended discussion in the Book of Enoch, Dead Sea Scrolls, and are mentioned in Daniel.

      They're the ones who supply the muscle to build the arc. It's longer/wider than "Titanic" after all and otherwise it's just the Noah family swinging axes. Not a chainsaw among 'em.

      Helluvan action figure too, eh?

      "Stealing kids' lunch money makes them strong and independent." -- Rand Ryan-Paul von Koch

      by waterstreet2013 on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 08:21:49 AM PDT

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  •  YMMV, but it's still bullshit (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Pescadero Bill, Mostserene1

    Also, the Australian phone-thrower has two l's in his first name.

  •  If Jennifer Connelly is in it… (4+ / 0-)

    …and there's no nudity, what's the point?

    LRod—UID 238035
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    by exatc on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 06:53:48 AM PDT

  •  Noah, I'm really happy for you, (4+ / 0-)

    Imma let you finish, but Utnapishtim had the best "God told me to build a boat and fill it with animals" story of all time - OF ALL TIME!

    - Gilgamesh

  •  Saw it yesterday with my husband and we both (7+ / 0-)

    were blown away by Emma Watson's performance.  She actually brought us both to tears!  She'd get a best supporting Oscar if this film wasn't such an early entry.  In fact, we felt she stole the film.

    All the acting was spot on and the animal special effects on the arc where really well done.  As a vegetarian, it was delightful to see a family of vegetarians disgusted by meat eaters deemed wicked by God.  Perfect!  LOL!

    Best. President. Ever.

    by Little Lulu on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 07:13:39 AM PDT

  •  You missed your strong point (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    furi kuri, srkp23

    which is mixing in some good old fashioned USA-bashing.

    And this case it is actually legitimate - this country is so behind the times and technologically impoverished, we have to watch the film in archaic 2D format: Paramount's 'Noah' To Go 3D, But Not In America

    •  Wow! Really? I just saw it in Kathmandu in 3D (3+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      gffish, Mostserene1, Roadbed Guy

      Kathmandu, which has power cuts up to 16 hours a day in the winter, and no clean drinking water, without treatment. But we get the latest 3D movies!!!!

      There are moments when the body is as numinous as words, days that are the good flesh continuing. -- Robert Hass

      by srkp23 on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 09:35:35 AM PDT

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      •  Yeah, and in my neck of the woods it is even (0+ / 0-)

        worse than that - they only have the silent black and white version - albeit with dramatic piano accompaniment, provided of course that the piano player shows ups . . .

        •  Oh, yeah? Well here in Arizona ... (0+ / 0-)

          we deported the piano player. Because his great-grandparents emigrated from Mexico. So there!!

          If you don't watch news, you're un-informed. If you watch Fox news, you're mis-informed. (paraphrasing Mark Twain)

          by edg on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 01:43:02 PM PDT

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  •  I long for the day when we (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Pescadero Bill, Akran, Mostserene1

    are all contemplating the human condition through vehicles other than the well worn and pretty boring stories of that low level fiction called "the bible".  Thomas Paine took that so called marvel of literature apart piece by piece in Age of Reason and deemed those stories unworthy of a god of the universe.  They are also unworthy of being put on film.

    I for one won't waste my time or dollar on "Noah".  I'd much rather watch Cosmos tonight.

  •  Wonderful review! (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    SuWho

    I will most certainly go to see this and I rarely see films in the theater. (Missed seeing Avatar in the theater which I regret),

    Dearly love Russel Crowe (Capt Jack Aubrey) who is up to the task.

    I think of The Flood myth as not so much religious as the oldest myth of humanity since it is included in Gilgamesh as well as many other writings of antiquity from even earlier oral history. And I find it very timely and appropriate as climate change raises the sea level.

    This is our ancient history and perhaps our future.

    Following you now!

    We have it within our power to make the world over again ~ Thomas Paine

    by occupystephanie on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 07:38:35 AM PDT

    •  Well, of course, I already am following you! (0+ / 0-)

      We have it within our power to make the world over again ~ Thomas Paine

      by occupystephanie on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 07:40:43 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  To occupystephanie - As you're a Russel Crow fan (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      jjellin, occupystephanie

      You will love this film! Crowe's tough guy persona definitely shines through four square, not just as the action guy but also in moments of strong sentiment.

      There is a human quality which shines through where we can see the burdens of uncertainty and doubt weighing him down. It's a complex dynamic, but Crowe handles the larger than life Noah role well. Crowe's fans are in for a great experience, for them this is a definitely a must see.

      You ran into a hardcore progressive whos just another working stiff with an MBA degree & vociferous labor union supporter

      by Democrats Ramshield on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 10:26:20 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Thanks, DR! (0+ / 0-)

        I showed my spousal unit the trailer and he was hooked too.

        Crowe really does leadership with humanity so very well. I do hear that he is an unlikeable person in real life (throwing hammers?), yet I think there has to be some tortured depth to the man in order to play the parts he does so well. His performance in Master and Commander lent such depth to my reading of the 20 novels by Patrick O'Brian.

        We have it within our power to make the world over again ~ Thomas Paine

        by occupystephanie on Mon Apr 07, 2014 at 08:21:30 AM PDT

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  •  The human race gets rebooted (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    jjellin

    from the womb of Hermione Granger.

    I love it !

    "...I'm going to bed. Before you come up with another idea to get us killed. Or worse, expelled."

    "There are more important things: friendship and bravery."

    "I went looking for the troll."

    "Oculus Reparo. That's better isn't it?"

    "Mud-blood's a foul name for someone who's muggle born."

    "Has anyone seen a toad?"

    And as Emma:
    "It was unbelievable seeing me as an action figure! In a few months, toddlers all around the country will be biting my head off!"

    "Stealing kids' lunch money makes them strong and independent." -- Rand Ryan-Paul von Koch

    by waterstreet2013 on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 08:00:44 AM PDT

  •  help me, noah, you're my only hope (5+ / 0-)

    I doubt I'll see the movie.  I have enjoyed watching people talk about it.  

    Basically, the story has just come full circle.  We just tell stories around a bigger campfire, now.

    Streichholzschächtelchen

    by otto on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 08:12:35 AM PDT

  •  It Must Be Good for You (0+ / 0-)

    You know a movie is good for you when it's banned somewhere.

  •  Hollywood should not be encouraged (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    gffish

    to make movies which might influence the weak minds of some Christians who believe that the world needs to come to an end to do God's will.  

  •  Watching this flick made me believe (4+ / 0-)

    that Hollywood will resort to any and all cinematic devices in order to salvage a misbegotten investment.  Be it staff pounded nuclear blast rings, CG tinkerbell 'angels' that become mud-Transformer/Ents, senseless sword & sandals violence, Game of Thrones fantasy costuming, and more CG waterspouts and explosions.  

    Not to mention all the beauty products and flawlessly coiffed hair as would befit any biblical character.

    At least there's some levity in the unintentional comedy of it.  My favorite was watching Tubal-Cain heft around his Zohar-powered bazooka.   I just didn't need to endure 139 minutes of British accents and computerized mayhem to understand that stabbing little babies is a bad thing.

    Captain America is a far better film in that it doesn't cloak it's blockbuster strategy in some veneer of religious sentimentality.  And the costumes are more realistic.

    I did like the design of the coffin-like ark, but the plot device of drugging all the animals to sleep seems a cheap way of dismissing the problem of how all those creatures didn't eat each other on their odyssey.

    An investment in knowledge pays the best interest. -Benjamin Franklin

    by martinjedlicka on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 08:43:40 AM PDT

  •  Sure is rainy. God says I must kill everyone (3+ / 0-)
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    Militarytracy, melfunction, jjellin

    I saw the movie last night. For most of the first half or so, I thought it was quite imaginative and fun to watch.

    I thought the Watchers (angelic rock monsters) were an interesting twist. I think the sons of Cain, with all their wickedness, were kind of cardboard cutout evil but somewhat in line with what my best understanding of the mythological tradition.

    I thought the female infanticide was a wild departure, and no fun to watch, actually stressful. I really had a problem with the sentiment that all this shitty weather can only mean one thing: God says all people must die and chose me to do that for him. I hope we can keep all budding high school shooters away from that thinking.

    But it put a concrete thread to follow regarding the question: Where does hope in (and for) the world come from? Also, why are there people now?

    The movie did hold together, but was quite weird. I found the low budget 60's art flick flavor to be sort of refreshing.

    It's got loose ends and an uncertain outcome. That's different.

  •  It's an outrage, an OUTRAGE! (2+ / 0-)
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    Militarytracy, Mostserene1

    The film Noah is unfaithful to the Biblical tale of Noah, which is in turn unfaithful to the epic tale of Gilgamesh.  It's a tale of a tale of a tale!

    "When I was an alien, cultures weren't opinions" ~ Kurt Cobain, Territorial Pissings

    by Subterranean on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 09:01:53 AM PDT

  •  Alas, the earth is our ark and its springing (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    leema

    leaks a many; I hope the film makes this point.

    The frog jumped/ into the old pond/ plop! (Basho)

    by Wolf10 on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 09:16:07 AM PDT

    •  to Wolf10 - there is an environmental message (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      leema, Wolf10

      in the film, that is not to be missed. But generally speaking you're right environmentalism must become built into our everyday life to find sustainable environmentally friendly solutions to our needs.

      You ran into a hardcore progressive whos just another working stiff with an MBA degree & vociferous labor union supporter

      by Democrats Ramshield on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 10:44:00 AM PDT

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  •  I wish Noah would have left the mosquitoes behind (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    shades at midnite

    Listening to Black Sabbath.

    by DuzT on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 09:24:33 AM PDT

  •  You should go (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Militarytracy

    if only to enjoy the acting, the special effects, and the thought of how much Christianists will hate the message. I thought there was a strong environmental message, the landscape was postapocaliptic. from discussions I've read, the biblical and Hebrew scholars who the director consulted with believe the flood was the first rain, and it makes story sense that if man was driven out of Eden, this would be what he had to face. The vegetarian theme is also based in scholarship because it was only after the flood that man was lower to eat the flesh of animals. There's an interesting review of this movie in Christianity Today, and an even more interesting comment section showing ginned-up outrage from people who haven't seen the movie, but know it's blasphemous. If nothing else, the movie makes you think.

    Slut power. Use it. Own it!

    by txdemfem on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 09:46:07 AM PDT

    •  I "think" that thinking is not congruent with (0+ / 0-)

      most religions!  

      The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness." - John Kenneth Galbraith

      by leema on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 10:58:17 AM PDT

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  •  No, just...no. (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Mostserene1, Roadbed Guy
    Methuselah who is believed to be the longest living human being on record
    By whom?  By what standard of proof?

    This, and the references to "Satan" and "God" in the review, make it clear that this isn't a "non-religious" movie.  It's one in a line of attempts to dress a particular religious view (Christian fundamentalism) up in secular clothing, and pass it off to the rest of us as a "morality tale", devoid of any religious trappings.

    It's a proselytizing bait-and-switch.

    Not buying it.

    "Against stupidity the gods themselves contend in vain" -- (Talbot, in: The Maid of Orleans by Friedrich Schiller)

    by rfall on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 09:59:37 AM PDT

    •  It's in the Bible for fuck's sake (0+ / 0-)

      how can you argue against that?

      At least from the POV of American dumbassery that this very diarist often argues against.

      I suspect that this diary was an ill-advised posting after a hard night of drinking that he or she will soon come to regret.

    •  This movie is not Christian Fundy (0+ / 0-)

      The Christian fundies are losing it in Alabama over this film.  Someone complained that they should have been warned about this film before they were exposed to it.

  •  Religious or not (0+ / 0-)

    who cares the movie was horrible. I wish I would have walked out, unfortunately I had to stay. By the end of the movie the theater was laughing at the disaster this film was.

    “There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do.”-Freya Stark

    by in2mixin on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 10:00:46 AM PDT

  •  My son Josh wants to go (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Democrats Ramshield

    Once we discovered that it is story telling about the flood myth.  The flood myth isn't only found in the Old Testament, it is a myth shared by many ancient cultures and civilizations.

    I look forward to seeing the film this week, even more now with your two thumbs up.

  •  47% viewer rating on RT. (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Angie in WA State

    Critics are mildly positive at 76%, but folks who actually paid to see it are pretty much flip-a-coin.  I tend to aling more closely to viewers than critics; this one is a 'will not pay for.'  

    Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations. - George Orwell

    by Wayward Son on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 10:33:53 AM PDT

    •  In the South it is hated (0+ / 0-)

      This film is despised where I live because God doesn't come out looking so hot I have been told via feverish rankings :). And demons help God in this tale so holy shit, Russell Crow is going to hell and everybody knew that Harry Potter was headed there ages ago :)

      It's just a story though, as all the flood myth stories go, it is just a story.

      And how did we expect ancient civilizations to deal with a huge flood in their lifetime?  From their point of view, many of them would assume a large flood was "global" .....even though we had no comprehension we lived on a global shaped anything yet :)

      I don't have a problem with religious myth very often because I am free to view it through the lens of anthropology.

  •  Want to believe in what? You make the case for (0+ / 0-)

    'want to believe', but you didn't state what it makes you want to believe.

    And we love to wear a badge, a uniform / And we love to fly a flag But I won't...let others live in hell / As we divide against each other And we fight amongst ourselves

    by ban48 on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 01:35:17 PM PDT

  •  Why does an all-powerful god ... (0+ / 0-)

    need a weakling human and a rickety boat to save all the animals when a flick of god's little finger could move them all to a dry mountaintop?

    If you don't watch news, you're un-informed. If you watch Fox news, you're mis-informed. (paraphrasing Mark Twain)

    by edg on Sun Apr 06, 2014 at 01:47:53 PM PDT

    •  Proof that we love him :) (0+ / 0-)

      Which when God is having a good day can go well for you and you don't have to cut your son in half on an alter, but if God is having a bad day...well ask Job how that works out.

      Sadistic bi-polar God?  Not enough lithium in the sky?

  •  While the right complains (0+ / 0-)

    about Aronofsky's Noah portrayed as vegan and environmentalist, they seem to have no problem with him as a pale skinned blue-eyed man.  Only 10 generations removed from Adam and Eve?  The real Noah, if he existed at all, could only have been a black man.  

    Image of Adam and Eve as depicted in the St. John's Bible:
    http://www.thomasmore.edu/...
     

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