Noah movie review


Darren Aronofsky’s Noah pays its source material a rare compliment: It takes Genesis seriously as a landmark of world literature and ancient moral reflection, and a worthy source of artistic inspiration in our day.

It is not a “Bible movie” in the usual sense, with all the story beats predetermined by the text, and actors in ancient Near Eastern couture hitting their marks and saying all the expected things. It is something more vital, surprising and confounding: a work of art and imagination that makes this most familiar of tales strange and new: at times illuminating the text, at times stretching it to the breaking point, at times inviting cross-examination and critique.

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Editor’s note: A few more questions: Will they dare name Noah’s wife “Joan”? Will they dredge up the old “gopher wood” joke? What in the heck does antediluvian mean? Finally, did Pope Francis deliberately “pass” on a multi-million dollar endorsement deal that could have fed, clothed and housed lots and lots of poor people, for a very long time? In light of his current “rock star/top world leader” status – should he have?

What does “Antediluvian” mean?

Q: What does “Antediluvian” mean?

A: “Ante” means “before”. “Diluvian” refers to Noah’s flood (deluge). Antediluvian refers to the time period (on earth) before Noah’s flood.