Thursday, 4 February 2016

Hollywood liberties and APFM’s "Noah"

Hollywood liberties

#RAD Ha, ya just gotta love Hollywood liberties...

In the movie "Noah", co-written by Darren Aronofsky & Ari Handel, also directed by Darren Aronofsky, and produced by Darren Aronofsky (A), Scott Franklin (F), Mary Parent (P) and Arnon Milchan (M), AFPM, Cain's descendants are depicted as being many indeed and also very wicked. Whereas Seth's are depicted as quasi G-d fearing, but very, very few.  Anyone who has ever watched a film adaptation from any form of written text, novel, play, history knows and presumably understands, that some liberties may very well be necessitated, while others may be both blatant and flagrant dishonesty.

Honestly, in the case of APFM’s "Noah" and in view of Aronofsky's bragging that - his movie is “the least biblical biblical film ever made,” - it should come as zero surprise that AFPM's production of "Noah" bears about as much resemblance to the Biblical texts as do the stories of Rudolph, the Tooth Fairy and the Satanic bible, resemble Biblical texts.  With that said, I will concede that I would still recommend at least some watch this.  Why might I suggest that, given that even Aronofsky said his movie is “the least biblical biblical film ever made,”?  The answer is two fold:

First - The best way to recognize if something is right, true or correct, is to know the truth.  In the case of AFPM's "Noah", those who know the Biblical texts, already know what a fallacy AFPM's rendition is, yet by watching it, one can know what the world is being taught by means of things like AFPM's, and other's movies also.

Second - The other reason I would suggest watching it might seem a tad strange but, it relates to challenging one's self to re-evaluate what one believes (or thinks one believes), and why, with respect to the Biblical texts... In other words, go back read what the Bible actually says about the flood of Noah's day and the people therein, for yourself.  Forgetting what your Sunday School, church, parents of even a Pastor (Rabbi, Priest, Reverend) or whomever told you the Biblical texts say, and read for yourselves what the Bible actually says!  Genesis Chapters Six through essentially Eight, with some peripheral reference to the great flood and Noah and his descendants in Chapters 9 & 10.  And some of the ground work for Noah's ancestors and the wickedness of both the descendants of Cain and also Seth being found in Chapters 4 & 5. 

So really we have two chapters (4 & 5) that give us some background by way of some 58 verses encompassing c. ~ 1,300 words, and we have the epilogue, also in two chapters (9 & 10), across some 60 verses and also with c. ~ 1,300 words...  Leaving chapters 6, 7 & 8 with some 68 verses and utilizing just c. ~ 1,900 words to tell us Biblically what AFPM's "Noah" 139 minute (two hours, 19 minute) long movie tries to portray.  The screenplay alone required over 130 pages of text, as a loose rule-of-thumb, I am told, is that one page with a Courier font size of 12 (roughly 630 words per page) is needed for each one minute of screen time.  So for a 139-minute film, one needs c. ~ some 88,000 words.  Contrast this with the c. ~ six pages, and c. ~ 1,900 words found in Genesis 6, 7 and 8, and artistic liberties are to be expected!

Unless of course you want to pay $15.00 (per person) for the movie, plus another $25.00 for a couple of sodas, popcorn and (if you're lucky) a candy-bar, all to watch a six-minute movie, one has to expect and accept some artistic licence.

Now back to, AFPM's "Noah"...

Ultimately it would be, by far, much easier and much, much less wordy, to simply state that the only two things in the entire APFM depiction of Noah that are even remotely close to being Biblically sound:

i) - the Ark itself is but a box, a barge if you will; and

ii) - Noah gets drunk, naked, and must be covered by a blanket

This movie has all the trimmings of a Sanger styled PP rally.  It is, worse than Avatar, which although also was a very poorly veiled environmentalists wet dream, at least it did not pretend to represent a factual piece of human history.  Although, in view of Aronofsky's admitted - "most unbiblical representation of a biblical tale ever told" [paraphrased] - one cannot be either surprised, nor mislead into thinking this movie was intended to be, in any way a factual representation of anything.  And I own it on Blue-Ray...

Departures from Scripture, to name but a few:

I) - The "watchers", Rock People - 'sons of god' - turned against the "creator" only to be later turned back to the "creator"...  notwithstanding the absolute absurdity of these 'rock people', there are other many other issues with them also...

II) - The angelic 'son's of god' being depicted as being pro-G-d (Christ) and tormented by the 'son's of Cain, is indeed beyond 'a reach' and a clear non-biblical view...

III) - To depict them as defenders of the "creator" is astoundingly silly...

IV) - And to suggest that the 'watchers' learned to fear man... *sigh*

V) - Suggesting the 'watchers' loved mankind, even Adam... quite the joke really.

VI) - Methuselah being depicted as a sort of psychic or mystic, putting Shem to sleep with a touch, and putting Noah into a trance with a hallucinogenic tea, giving him a vision of a watery grave...  may make for a good, no make that a GREAT, Hollywood tale, but it's just not in the Bible.  It is also not something, a psychic phenomenon and hallucinogenic induced state, that G-d (Christ) would use to convey His Will and Word, based upon what Scripture says elsewhere...

VII) - The idea of Noah and other descendants of Seth being so very, very few... Shem being "hooked up with" his adopted step-sister, and Ham and Japheth having no one to take as mates... not supported by the Biblical texts....

VIII) - Even the idea that the Earth had, itself, become a barren wasteland, causing famine before Noah was told to build the Ark, is just not biblically founded...

IX) - It is said of the movie that it represents humankind rapaciously living off of, and really bastardizing the gawdess, mother earth...

X) - Noah is depicted as lamenting the evil humans, and even appears to be more bent on having 'faith in' the fallen-angel rock-gawdz, than is he depicted as being devoted to or even knowing about G-d, let alone *knowing* G-d...

XI) - "Love is all you need", as Noah's wife pleads with Noah's grandfather Methuselah to help make Noah understand that her boys are generally 'good boys' with her - "...all they (Noah's sons need) desire is (to be) love(d), isn't that all (that is needed for) their heart's need to be good..." - "Love is all you need"

"Love is all you need"
"Love is all you need"
"Love is all you need"

XII) - APFM's "Noah", depicts Noah as a psychopath whose passion for his gawdess, mother earth, is only surpassed by his devilish desire to see the obliteration of all of humankind...

XIII) - Biblically speaking, the descriptions of descendants of Cain (Gen. 4), are interestingly absent the common phrase used in Gen. 5 for the descendants of Seth - "other sons and daughters" - making the portrayed followers of Tubal-cain (many) and the descendants of Seth, Methuselah, Noah etc., (scarce, if not virtually none existent) laughable... to say the least...

XIV) - The very last verse of Genesis 5 tells us that when Noah was 500 years old, he had three sons, Shem, Japheth and Ham. We read in Genesis 7 verse 6 that Noah was 600 years old when the flood began.  And in Gen. 8, verse 13 we see that Noah was in his 601st year, when the flood waters began to recede enough to see dry land.  The flood lasted c.~ one year, plus / minus a week or so, meaning that Noah was at least 599 years old when the Ark was being completed, before flood began... now consider AFPM's "Noah" and the youthful 20 & 30 ish year-old looking Shem and Ham, and the pre-teen / teenager Japheth... and now refer back to that final verse of Genesis five!

Moving on...

XV) - The “Zohar", the environmentalist's bane, the mining of which is akin to the practice of fracking today, in Noah's day...

XVI) - In AFPM's "Noah", Noah even manages to bastardize the Creation story, switching events around between days two, three, and four to suit the tales and agendas of the God-hating atheistic darwinian evolutionists...

XVII) - Air, water, earth, plant, fish, bird, and beast. Yep, all the trimmings of a Sanger styled PP rally... screw humankind, long live the gawdess of the animals.

XIII) - Tubal-cain, as a stow-away on the Ark, telling Ham about G-d's goodness, meanwhile Noah is plotting the demise of humankind altogether...

XIX) - Noah, in APFM's "Noah" is indeed depicted as a homicidal psychopathic maniacal and deranged lunatic...  to say that he resembles nothing of the Biblical Noah, son-of-Lamech, and grandson of Methuselah, is indeed a gross understatement.

Not to just completely cop out on commenting on the movie's 'departures from Scripture', but it would truly be easier to list the Biblical accuracies, as I can very sincerely say this.

There are only three things, (well actually really two, and more on that after I list the three) in this movie which are Biblically sound:

A) - the whole Earth was flooded, and thereby killing all who were not on the Ark*

B) - the Ark itself is but a box, a very big barge if you will, not a ship; and

C) - Noah gets drunk, while naked, and must be covered by a blanket.   And according to the Bible, it was his sons, Shem and Japheth who covered dad, NOT Shem and his wife...

* According to Scripture, ALL of mankind was wiped out in that great flood, there were no other inhabitants, none anywhere, for Ham to go off and join up with to carry on the human race.  There was Ham and his wife, who fathered the people's of Canaan. In the movie, Ham is depicted as first to be without a spouse, and second to set off on him own to explore 'strange new lands'.

Ergo, suffice it to say again - It is by far much easier, and much, much less wordy, to simply state that the only two things in the entire APFM depiction of Noah that are Biblically sound are:

i) - the Ark itself is but a box, a barge if you will; and

ii) - Noah gets drunk, naked, and must be covered by a blanket

139 minutes of wannabe blockbuster imagery and some action sequences, to tell a story that even as a slow reader, such as I, could read start to finish in 20 to 25 minutes? If you do not believe me, here look up Genesis Chapters Four through Ten, and review them is several different renderings, of the linguistic variety of your choosing. [1]

“No Jesus, NO peace” and yet, “Know Jesus, KNOW peace”

How does one get to “know” Jesus?  Simple, invite Him into your heart, as Jesus says: “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.” [Revelation 3:20 NIV]  How can we be assured that this Jesus stuff means anything?  Well because the Bible tells us so, as the Apostle Paul wrote:

“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.” [Romans 10:9-10 NIV]

And for those of you who say to me, I can’t be bothered reading the Bible, “it’s confusing” or “it’s a waste of my time”, may I draw your attention to what the Bible says about wisdom: “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” [Proverbs 9:10 NIV]

If nothing else, PLEASE read two chapters from the Bible – (don’t own one, sorry NO excuse, if you’re reading this, you can access this: John 3 and John 14!

John 3:16 says:  “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

And John 14:6 says: “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

Well that’s it, that’s Da Bauz’s take on, Hollywood liberties and APFM’s "Noah", this 4th day of February, 2016 © 2016, All Rights Reserved. wr (Da Bauz, Christian Zionist “creationist” too!)

Just sayin...

What is #RAD?  #RAD is:

R epent of rejecting Christ
A ccept Christ as your Lord
D evelop your relationship with the Living Almighty God Himself as your personal Lord and Saviour

John 3:16, Revelation 3:20, Romans 10:9 -10, Revelation 21:27, II Corinthians 5:21 and I John 5:13 / John 20:31!


Cited or consulted sources and resources

[1] – - Genesis Chapters Four through Ten - 7 of the Worst Mistakes in the Movie 'Noah' — Charisma News - 9 Problems with Aronofsky's 'Noah' - Breitbart - Pages required per minute of screen play - Film Analysis: Darren Aronofsky’s Noah (2014) – Black is White Blog - “Bible Hub” - “BibleGateway”

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