Thursday, November 6, 2014
Live Tweeting Noah
I lamented to myself the other day about the lack of a theology minded MST3K that would comment on religiously themed movies. So, I decided to do something about that. This ended up being watching Noah starring Russell Crowe and tweeting my reactions to the film. I wasn't very funny, or even entertaining. But, if you care, here are my thoughts on Noah, rock monsters and all.
Mild spoilers follow, I suppose.
Obviously, I chose the latter path.
Granted, there are several less wives in this version than in the Bible.
Like rock monsters to build the ark.
This actually impressed me. I never thought about the story of the flood in this way before. But, God did regret making humankind, so he brought about the deluge. What if Noah hadn't been a righteous man? Would God have wiped out all people, sparing no one to repopulate the earth?
Also, this raises the issue of are we all inherently evil? Is there no good in us? Can their be? Are we redeemable? Are we worth saving?
Besides, this isn't the first time we've retold the story of a great flood in differing manners. It won't be the last. Nearly all cultures have some version of this story. Check out Some New Kind of Slaughter by A. David Lewis and mpMann which is this insightful little anthology/amalgamation of several diluvian myths and stories. Also, my reaction to this movie shouldn't be unexpected. This isn't the first time I've advocated creative and non-canonical biblical stories that we can use to explore theological themes and ideas.
Besides, this movie has a scene where an evil army attacks the ark and Noah teams up with a group of rock monsters to defend the vessel.