Geoffrey Morin offered some helpful perspectives earlier this week on USAToday.com in an article titled, ‘Noah’ Spurs Debate Pitting Art vs. Bible. Having already seen the final cut of the movie, Morin says, “Darren Aronofsky’s re-envisioning of the biblical hero Noah will not disappoint — inciting some and enthralling others. Some will undoubtedly chastise him for the ways in which the movie riffs on the biblical account of Noah. Others will praise Aronofsky for his creative vision.”
Any time you produce creative work based on biblical persons and themes, you run the risk of offending some of your potential audience. The reality is that it’s impossible to produce a piece of art that thoroughly represents absolutely everybody’s understanding or interpretation. One of the beauties of the Noah account in Genesis is its small amount of detail, which I think is fortunate from an artistic perspective. It offers a lot of creative opportunity for coloring in the lines and filling in the gaps of the story.
Like Morin, I hope that ‘Noah’ will spur movie goers to not only discuss the film, but also to dig into the word of God, reading Noah’s story in the book of Genesis for themselves. All of us need to consider what it will mean for our lives, if like Noah, we choose to say yes to the living God.
Read Geoffrey Morin’s full article at USAToday.com.
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