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April 2, 2014

‘Noah’ character a victim in flood epic

Movie Review — Color me one of the biggest fans of movies with a heavy dose of social commentary on man’s stupidity. However, that isn’t a 100 percent free pass to totally bury any redeemable qualities in the film just so one can make some sort of artistic grand gesture.

Today’s subject was one I was more curious than excited to see, but leaning toward excited at least when it came to the cast who was picked to play the major characters. Unfortunately, while there was plenty to praise from some of the best visuals of the year so far to an awesome soundtrack, it felt like at times like I struggled to sit through other parts. I want to note that I went into this movie about as open minded as possible and even laughed off the idea that it was the least bit of an insult to the biblical text, but after it was over I just could not shake the feeling that the very essence of who “Noah” was became lost.

The story pretty much wipes a good deal of the story slate clean and features a young Noah (played as an adult by Russel Crowe), who is orphaned after his Seth descendent father Lamech (Marton Csokas) is murdered by a descendent of Cain and later again villain, Tubal-cain (Ray Winstone). Despite a textbook candidate for therapy in today’s society, he manages to mostly pass down messages of peace and love to his children Ham (Logan Lerman), Shem (Douglas Booth) and Japeth (Leo McHugh Carroll).

It goes on until Noah is struck with one heck of a trippy vision that tells him he must take a road trip to visit his grandfather Methuselah (Anthony Hopkins).  This reveals the part of the story where he must save enough species to repopulate, etc. etc. Though it’s more of a stroll through time than the race when it starts raining, it’s an interesting journey that shows how Noah is probably the least level headed of the clan. He must be constantly reminded by his wife, Naameh (Jennifer Connelly), and adopted daughter, Ila (Emma Watson), that though they aren’t perfect, he’s just going to have to suck it up since no one has invented Prozac yet.

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    Lisa D. Brinkley of Springdale, Arkansas was born to Clarence (C. L.) and Bertha (Wright) Pelfrey on November 3, 1947 in Yuba City, California and passed from this life on July 15, 2014 in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma at the age of 66 years.

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  • Roger Glen Clayton

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    Reba Joyce Dawson of Pauls Valley, Oklahoma was born to Ben and Gertie Mae (Gates) Crawford Jr. on July 28, 1934 in Carthage, Texas and passed from this life on July 8, 2014 in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma at the age of 79 years.

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  • Lawatha Dean Gilley

    Lawatha Dean Gilley, of Pauls Valley, passed away July 8, 2014 in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma at the age of 80 years.

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