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Review: ‘Noah’ provides a compelling look at the biblical character

2014-04-04-Noah-movie-posterWhen it was announced that there was to be big-budget film adaptation of Noah’s story, directed by Darren Aronofsky no less, I was quickly intrigued.

Any adaptation of a biblical story has the potential for controversy, but when it was clear early on that Aronofsky was not going to be delivering a literal translation of the Noah story from the Bible to film, there has been a lot of hand wringing and trepidation, if not outrage.

I honestly went into “Noah” prepared for a not-entirely-faithful adaptation, but one that was close. What I got was something else to be sure, with the film deviating from the basic story in several big ways, but also presenting a fascinating character study of a man commanded by God to save the innocent from creation, but also to–in effect–condemn the rest of mankind to death.

If anything less than a word-for-word adaptation of the story of Noah is unacceptable to you, stay away from this movie. If, however, you are willing to go in with open mind and see an admittedly different but entirely compelling in its own right version of the story, you may just enjoy yourself.

The film is rated PG-13 for violence, disturbing images and brief suggestive content.

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