I was finally able to watch Noah on Netflix. About halfway through the movie, a thunderstorm and tornado warning hit my area so there was that sense-around experience. I paused the movie and hesitated briefly to look out the window at the dark sky, hoping my car windows were up, but I still pushed on through to the end of the movie.
It was still a little frightening despite knowing the end of the story, and the lasting covenant that floods would never cover the entire earth again, but in the moment it can be very anxiety inducing.
When the movie ended, so did the storm.
Coincidence? I don’t think so.
I initially hadn’t seen this movie version because I’ve avoided Biblical reinterpretations, especially of a story so well known throughout my life. I also have a terrible fear of water (among other things depicted here) and this story hits all those buttons.
I also have a dual mindset where I do believe the Biblical stories in a literal way, but I also have a scientific mind. I’m not sure that it’s possible to believe in both (I thought there was a word for that, but both my husband and I couldn’t think of what it could be) but for myself I hold those two both up as separate entities, each one held in each hand so to speak. Maybe one day I’ll figure it all out, but I imagine that’s a long time away.
MOVIE SPOILERS FOLLOW
Despite my personal baggage, I did enjoy the movie, although it was not told in exactly the way I remembered it. I found as I watched that I enjoyed recognizing where my childhood memories differed from the movie and I was able to see what was Biblical and what was changed and/or added for dramatic effect. For one thing, G-d didn’t have a speaking role. There were no conversations with Noah, but dreams that he needed to interpret. I thought Anthony Hopkins as Methuselah was perfect, but then again, it is Anthony Hopkins.
Noah’s sons were children at the start, but by the end only one of them had a wife.
There was a stowaway on board who ate meat, which might explain some of the animal extinctions that occurred for those animals that we don’t see today.
The story of the angels/watchers and their punishment and later on, their redemption was an interesting one that I hadn’t heard before.
I thought the cast was great. With such well known names, I enjoy when I notice the characters, and not the actors and this was one of those cases. I believed the story. He was Noah; not Russell Crowe playing Noah.
I’d recommend it, with the obligible grain of salt, but I also thought that it left a lot of looking inward at priorities and restarting a life that holds up to the modern viewer. It also fit in with the homily I wrote about on Sunday regarding lost and found. Noah shows that in losing parts of us, we find others and that allows us to cherish and hold close those parts (and peoples and things) that are the most important.
It was a perfect movie to watch during this watery week.