And as a Christian, I’m even looking forward to it.
As the title of this post suggests, I haven’t seen the movie that opens today. So this isn’t a critique. I’m writing my four reasons to see the movie, before I actually see it, because now is the best time to say what I have to say, which has nothing to do with my estimation movie’s quality or possible lack of Biblical integrity.
My first reason: the trailers look awesome. Russell Crowe and the rest of the cast have been in their fair share of great movies. This one looks like it will measure up. I really enjoy movies and stories about people having courage to stand up for what is right, especially when so much is on the line. Yes, my first reason is that basic.
Secondly: historical fiction is a widely accepted genre. It’s when creative people make up stories set around real historical figures and events. And if some people have a problem with this movie because it’s fiction based on holy writ, why don’t they have a problem with Christians who do just that – and whose efforts we laud – like with books by Tim Lahaye and Jerry B. Jenkins (John’s Story, the entire Left Behind Series) and Tosca Lee (Iscariot).
In fact, the most prolific Christian writer of all time, Max Lucado, has historical fiction peppered throughout his books, speculating on how biblical characters may have felt or reacted to actual Biblical events. If Christians do it, who are we to say that others can’t? Furthermore, I think it can be to the advantage of God’s cause (I’ll explain that in my fourth reason).
Thirdly, Paramount added this disclaimer: “The film is inspired by the story of Noah. While artistic license has been taken, we believe that this film is true to the essence, values, and integrity of a story that is a cornerstone of faith for millions of people worldwide. The biblical story of Noah can be found in the book of Genesis.”
They’ve admitted that it’s historical fiction! And, THEY TELL PEOPLE WHERE TO FIND THE REAL STORY. I didn’t see that coming.
Fourthly, since this is Hollywood’s perspective of the “essence, values and integrity” of this Biblical story, it can tell us a lot about the things of God that can inspire people who may not follow him.
Did you get that?
There are things about God and the people who follow him that capture the imaginations of both Christian and non-Christians. For instance, in the clip above the king says to Noah,”I have men at my back, and you stand alone and defy me?” Did you get chills up your spine when Russell Crowe pauses, looks his antagonist square in the face and states, “I’m not alone.” What conviction! What courage! What hope in something greater than us! I imagine that sentiment would spark the imagination of many non-Christians as well.
Other themes I’ve gathered from this clip: wickedness in the world and God’s (and Noah’s) response to it; hearing God; adversity to those doing right; importance of family; being chosen by God. If these are things that attract the attention of people exploring who God is, it’s up to us to help that process along.
I’m excited about this movie because of its potential to advance the message of who God is to people who don’t know him. This is their chance to see God in a way they can understand. I have a feeling that God is all for it.