Noah: The Movie, The Controversy


 300 cubits long, 50 cubits wide, 30 cubits high. For both Christian and Islamic believers, these measurements spark the memory of a story centered around unimaginable destruction and the promise of rebirth. The story of Noah epitomizes the wrath of God and his unwavering power over the world. With the release of the film Noah, directed by Darren Aronofsky, centering around this biblical story, many religious observers see this film as a threat to the biblical story and the teachings it provides. Paramount Pictures has since released statements claiming the in the film, “artistic license has been taken” but, that Noah still holds “true to the essence, values and integrity of a story that is a cornerstone of faith for millions of people worldwide.” 


Much like many of the films put forth by Hollywood, based on pre-written stories, the plot must be altered and embellished in order to capture and maintain the audiences attention. But why is it that when the movie has a religious background such as Passion of the Christ or the soon to be released Noah, the general public doesn’t quite embrace the movie with open arms. For a Christian, the film may lack appeal due to the inaccurate display of biblical teaching. For a Muslim, the portrayal of a prophet is taboo and has lead to the movie being banned in many Middle Eastern countries. On the flip side, a non religious movie goer may see the film as an infringement on their beliefs and more religious propaganda being shoved down their throat. 


No matter what the viewer believes, the notion behind religiously centered movies and the response they elicit in the general public is never short of controversial. Paramount Pictures needs to only whisper the fact that an upcoming production centers around a biblical tale and the publicity is basically handled by word of mouth and the opposing views held by the public. Religion being such a personal belief oriented topic of conversation, any form of media that promotes one side or the other always yield the attention of the general public. With the controversy over Passion of the Christ raking in over 600 million dollars; Noah is sure to provoke the audience right into the movie theater seats. 


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One thought on “Noah: The Movie, The Controversy

  1. I find it confusing why the story of Noah would be a cause of concern for either members of the Abramic faiths, or secular individuals. The myth of the great flood is apparent in many cultures and takes many forms. One example, which is very similar to the story of Noah yet obviously pre-dates the Bible, is the character Utnapishtim in the Epic of Gilgamesh from ancient Sumeria.
    To me, the answer to this row is simple. If you subscribes to a Christian, Jewish or Muslim faith then you must be able to understand the adaptability of the story without compromising its value, and be grateful for its presence in modern popular culture. If you’re secular, either appreciate the story as a product of a different culture, or… just don’t watch the movie. Nobody’s forcing you to see it.

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