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Opening Arguments

Artistic license

Don't you just hate it when they take a good book and turn it into a crappy movie?

Noah's director Darren Aronofsky, a self-described atheist who made the Oscar-nominated hit The Black Swan, has described the movie as is "the least biblical biblical film ever made" and called Noah "the first environmentalist". According to one early review, the name "God" is not actually spoken at any stage.

Now, amid a wave of criticism from some Christian groups about its loose interpretation of a sacred script, the Paramount studio has taken the unusual step of issuing an "explanatory message" to accompany marketing material.

It notes that while the film is "inspired by the story of Noah... artistic licence has been taken". And it adds, for anyone unclear about the source material: "The biblical story of Noah can be found in the book of Genesis." It has also highlighted praise for the film by some Christian leaders.

After advance test screenings, there were complaints that the film did not adhere strictly enough to the Old Testament verses and portrays Noah as an environmental crusader to deliver a secular ecological doomsday message.

"The insertion of the extremist environmental agenda is a problem," said Jerry Johnson, president of the National Religious Broadcasters group.

Er, make that Good Book. "Inspired by" the biblical story of Noah -- good grief, Charlie Brown. Since they've gone and made Noah an environmentalist wacko, we can only hope they've changed the book's ending and killed off him and his whole family. Guess we know the real cause of global climate change now -- God got mad. That being the case, can't see how my changing light bulbs will matter much.

This just in: God is still mad:

Scientists say man-made climate change has fundamentally altered the currents of the vast, deep oceans where investigators are currently scouring for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight, setting a complex stage for the ongoing search for MH370. If the Boeing 777 did plunge into the ocean somewhere in the vicinity of where the Indian Ocean meets the Southern Ocean, the location where its debris finally ends up, if found at all, may be vastly different from where investigators could have anticipated 30 years ago.

That darn climate change. Is there anything it can't do?


Posted in: Movies, Religion, Science


Tue, 03/25/2014 - 11:12am

A fictional story, pulled from a fictional book, turned into a fictional movie. Where is the problem?