A majority of the liberties taken did not bother me, be it the commentary on man’s destructive nature and its impact on the planet. I was OK mixing around who descended from who or the giant fallen rock angels ripped out of the “Never Ending Story” series to help build the ark.
Why I’ll even take with good humor the amazing way with which an otherwise peaceful man who must have grown up without any violent training whatsoever, suddenly is able to have “Conan the Barbarian” worthy fighting skills each and every time he is outnumbered. Maybe somehow his character in “Gladiator” is a future member of the bloodline.
I get the whole statement that man is sinful and that even Noah had to struggle with the conflict he felt, but to make him a complete jerk that tears apart the family for a large part of the film seemed to destroy the very idea of redemption the story is supposed to represent (at times it felt more like revenge was the primary motivator). I did not feel motivated to walk out of the theater as a couple of my fellow patrons did, but I can’t blame them when something that was either done for statement’s sake or shock value, made you almost despise the hero more than the people who were being wiped out by flood.
A similar example that came to mind of pushing the envelope a bit too far was last year’s “Prisoners,” where you could sympathize at times with the main character’s actions, but became so saturated with the point that you just wanted it to be over. This should not discourage anyone from seeing this flick and again I found plenty that was enjoyable. However, the best way to put it was it was excellent when it was good, but nearly terrible when bad. As it at least finishes as strongly as it begins, it’s worth two out of five scriptures for “Noah.”
Movie viewing experience courtesy of the Royal Twin Theater of Pauls Valley.