Two impressive trailers have released for the upcoming film Noah.
The cast features Inspector Javier / Jor-El 2.0, King Odin, The Babe With the Power of Voodoo, and … yes, Hermione.
But will this 2014 major motion-picture adaptation also feature Biblical proportions or something less?
As of last October, film critic Brian Godawa, himself an antedeluvian myth-meister, doubted the filmmakers even cared to respect Scripture. He describes an early version of the script that paints Noah as an ancient warrior (extra- but not anti-Biblical), surrounded by evil (Biblical) who gains the ark’s building materials through a supernaturally planted forest (speculative, not anti-Biblical). But then comes the flagrantly anti-Biblical parts:
One of the women on the ark is pregnant, and Noah decides that if it is a boy, it can live, but if it is a girl, he must kill it. We can’t have more of those nasty little virus-like humans swarming the earth. So most of the last half of the script is a family killer thriller like Sleeping With the Enemy, that asks the dark dramatic movie question “will Noah kill the child if it is a girl or not?” Ancient sex-selection infanticide.
The woman gives birth to twin girls, and Noah gets all the way up to killing not one but two female infants, after killing evil meat-eating Akkad. But in the end, he fails. He says “to himself, to the Creator,” “I can’t. I can’t do it. I am sorry. I am so sorry.” He is just too compassionate to carry out God’s cruel plan. Noah is more loving than God.1
The trailer seems to show Noah doing something magical. It shows no hint of Noah being more spiritual than God. At least not yet.
What do you think?
I caught up to Godawa himself to ask his brief reaction. His response:
My hope is that the studios did listen to the offense taken by those to whom Noah is a sacred story. The Noah trailer has been cut to appeal to that audience, but trailers are notoriously devious in their marketing manipulation tactics. In short, the Noah trailer looks way cool and Biblical. But then again, so did the trailer for the Last Temptation of Christ”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJKxg4p-Alk