Review by Gene
I’m not one of those people who refuse to see trailers or read reviews of a movie I’m looking forward to. I figure if I can enjoy a movie after seeing every trailer, then that’s a good mark on the movie. For that reason I didn’t shy away from checking on some reviews for this year’s first major Bible-based movie, Noah. If you did the same, you’re probably going into this movie with the same feelings of hesitation as I did given some of the terrible reviews, mostly from Christian sources. Even the studio itself has been back-peddling and putting out some subtle reminders that this film is simply “inspired by” the events described in the Bible.
I’m not going to tell you to stay away from this film as some have. We have here some awesome imaginings of the flood and the structure of the ark. We have at least two or three decent performances from Noah (Russel Crowe), Tubal-Cain (Ray Winstone) and Ila (Emma Watson), who plays the wife of Shem. In fact, I would encourage just about any Christian to see it if for no other reason than to be able to communicate with others about the movie, and then about the Biblical story of Noah. See how I separated the two there? Consider that a hint of things to come.