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Husband, father, friend, Executive at Youth for Christ
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How do you know you have the best kid in the world? When you wake up to this.
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I debated about giving my opinion of Noah, the recent film by Darren Aronofsky, but thought what the heck. I am a Christian, I believe there is a God who loves humanity and has a standard of perfection. We as a human race are unable to live up to the standard and are separated from God, but for Jesus Christ. Most of us should be well informed of the controversy surrounding this film, and to that I wonder if this is the most important thing to spend time and resources on. I don’t mean the movie I mean the argument.
This is a stunning movie visually. Great cinematography! Darren has been able to mature his filmmaking style into the mainstream. Kudos.
This movie made me relate to Noah in a way I hadn't before, I connected with his struggle to fulfill his purpose.
For many people who grew up in the church, Noah was a children's story. This film makes you realize there is nothing further from the truth.
I thought, for possibly the first time, about the people on the outside. There is a scene that really made me feel anguish for those on the inside and those on the outside.
There are things in this movie that are not in the biblical account of the flood, for sure. The fact is in scripture this is a 5 minute read for most people (10 minutes for me) adapted into a two plus hour movie. There are going to be additions or we could watch Noah and his family build a boat for two hours. Most of the additions had a reason. One controversial plot point (my only possible spoiler) was the stowaway. I believe he was a metaphor for evil going with them into "the new Eden". To me it was less about the deviation from the story, but a way of saying, we are still not perfect and we are still capable of evil.
Overall, if you separate the biblical story from the movie it is great. It really touches on some great themes that are not often discussed. I liked it.
There is much to be said about this movie, if are curious, go see it. Take a few friends and go for pie afterwards and discuss. That is what I did and the conversation was better than the movie.
#noah #Christian #review
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