"To see or not to see" that is the question. Steve and I have gone to two movies in the last week with our friends Rox and Danny. The first movie we saw a week ago. It was "The Son of God". We loved the movie. I think it is my favorite "Jesus" movie so far. I would highly recommend it to you all; I don't think you'll be disappointed if you go see it and so I vote this as "Go See" movie.
This afternoon, we went to see "Noah". I had high hopes for this movie. The trailer for it was very good. If you just watch the trailer alone, you will feel as if you have gotten a wonderful, well produced movie of a very special story from the Bible. Even after hearing some controversy over it, we thought it really looks good; But, sadly, I can't say a positive word for this one at all. We were all very disappointed. If I had to describe it, I would say it it was "Transformers" meets "The Lord of the Rings", and had a baby… a really ugly baby. Now let me add, that I am a fan of the "Lord of the Rings", as a story in itself… but not as something that should somehow be worked into a bible story that is real and true. The writers/producers did terrible injustice to Noah, and more than that, they did terrible injustice to God. I'm really sad that Russell Crow played this part. I've always kind of liked him. He did make a good Noah, and had the writers not ruined his Character, you would have liked him as Noah. But I am so disappointed that I felt that I had to come home and blog about it. Alas I must vote this as "Don't see" movie… its a terrible waste of money, emotions, strength, mind and soul.
Well, "What did you expect?" someone might ask. I guess I expected a well done movie about Noah and the ark, pretty close to how the story is told in the Bible, it doesn't seem like an unreasonable expectation do you think? but… if you go to see this one, don't expect that. You won't get it…. you won't even get a good story. The one positive thing I have heard, is that perhaps it will put a desire for people to pick up and read the story of Noah from Genesis. Perhaps it will stir up people's interest; it will open a door for discussion about God, and who He really is. How He loves us; but he does hate evil. So I leave it at that. I had the thought last night " I wonder if the real Ark is about to be found?" Wouldn't that be amazing. If it were, then I would be able to see why that old "Deceiver" has been hard at work on a really great (or should I say terrible) counterfeit story. That is his pattern; He's very jealous. I suppose I can't help but wonder what is the motive behind such a terrible deception, what gives these producers a desire to twist the imagine of God, and truth. I am comforted when I remember that the Lord knows all these things. He's not worried; nor should we be. He has a plan even when things look dark in the world. He has a plan even when you can see and feel creation groaning for its redemption. He has a wonderful plan of redemption that we will be reminded of as Passover and Resurrection Sunday comes shortly. He has a plan of love and He longs for the restoration of relationship with Him.