Before we rock out a rather large post, let’s do a little Van Halen-inspired stretching before we start.
All limbered up?
Well, the Noah movie has apparently been something of an issue in the last little while, and I’ve had this post in the works for a week but spent a day with my son in the hospital and then had a wife that was out of commission for several days. That may mean by the time this gets out, the hype might have died, but I write mostly for myself and a handful of others (like my wife); if my readers all enjoy it, that’s only a bonus for me! Speaking of my review of the Noah movie, it’s below (or if you’re reading this in my archives, it’s here).
I went and saw it shortly after it opened, but I admit I hadn’t done much research short of reading a handful of reviews (namely PluggedIn and maybe two others) just to see if I could watch it in the first place (i.e. I had to make sure there was no skin, etc.). I was going into it knowing I was watching a “Hollywood Bible Movie,” so I had my guard up and was expecting something loosely connected to the Biblical account. I certainly didn’t expect my review to be read by more than a few hundred people and didn’t throw much research into all the bizarre additions to the biblical account. I recognized some Kabbalah influences, but I definitely didn’t catch them all and didn’t research the ones I recognized…but then my review went viral (by my humble blog’s standards), the web came alive with chatter, people started sending me links to interviews and other reviews, and what started as a blog post all of a sudden became something else…
Both in my comment feed and all over the web, suggestions about everything were abounding and everyone was trying to grab some web traffic by providing insights into all the various cryptic details. Dr. Brian Mattson wrote an article that went viral on the influences of Kabbalism and gnosticism in the movie. Peter Chattaway responded to Brian Mattson and basically lambasted his post (while he had a good point about the difference between Kabbalah and gnosticism, Chattaway also revealed he doesn’t teach theology at a seminary for good reason – “As for the question of whether fallen angels can be redeemed… well, even that is not entirely beyond the pale in Christian circles”). And of course, Mark Driscoll showed up and basically said something that reveals why it’s probably better for him to stick to plagiarism (but Dr. Michael Brown straightened him out).
It’s the internet though, and everyone is allowed a voice…including a minor league blogger like me.
So seeing all the questions online and all the speculations, I wanted to actually find some answers…so that’s what I did. Like all Hollywood directors putting out a big movie, Darren Aronofsky had a bunch of interviews. I scoured the interviews of Darren Aronofsky (director) and Ari Handel (writer) and tried to get answers from their own mouths to all the various questions floating out there.
Here’s my report of what I found: Continue reading