“Noah” Movie Timeline of Troubles

“Noah,” starring Russell Crowe, premieres this Friday, March 28th. Few movies have made so many headlines before they’ve even been released.

Let’s take a stroll through the timeline of troubles that have preceded the release of “Noah."

Misleading Survey Says 98% of Faith Consumers Aren’t Satisfied with “Noah” (Though They Haven’t Seen It)

Variety ran an article entitled “Survey: Faith-Driven Consumers Dissatisfied with ‘Noah,’ Hollywood Religious Pics,” in which it stated that a religious organization conducted a survey that found “98% of its supporters were not ‘satisfied’ with Hollywood’s take on religious stories such as “Noah...”

So what was this survey, exactly? It was just one misleading question posted on Faith Driven Consumer’s website. It wasn’t even a requirement to actually see the movie to respond to the survey. The question read:

“As a Faith Driven Consumer, are you satisfied with a Biblically themed movie–designed to appeal to you–which replaces the Bible’s core message with one created by Hollywood?”

Um...how do you think people are going to answer a question worded like that?

Russell Crowe Tweets to Pope Francis, Has Two Meetings With the Pontiff Canceled, Then Finally Meets Him (Briefly)

Crowe sent a tweet to Pope Francis asking him to screen “Noah”. He managed to get a meeting scheduled with the pontiff--but it got canceled. Not one to quit, Crowe did end up meeting Pope Francis briefly during a general audience at the Vatican. So will Pope Francis be viewing “Noah”? Highly unlikely, as a Vatican spokesperson has already said the pope does not screen movies.

Paramount is Pressured to Include a Disclaimer About “Noah”

Then there was the backlash from the National Religious Broadcasters, a group that threatened to boycott “Noah” unless Paramount issued a statement clarifying that the film is not a literal interpretation of Genesis. You can see the disclaimer in the image below:

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Indonesia Bans “Noah”

“Noah” has been banned in Indonesia for what film censors say is material that contradicts Islam and could mislead people.

Rick Warren Blasts “Noah” on Twitter

Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church, blasted the film on Twitter. In his tweet, he used a quote out of context from “Noah” director Darren Aronofsky, a self-proclaimed atheist. Details here: http://www.christianpost.com/news/rick-warren-blasts-noah-misquotes-films-director-on-twitter-116319/

Director of new “Noah” movie calls it “The LEAST biblical film ever made" then uses F word referring to those wanting Bible-based,

— Rick Warren (@RickWarren) marzo 16, 2014

So should Christians watch “Noah” or not?

It’s really up to you. Even though it is a biblical story, it is, at the end of the day, a Hollywood film, and it’s main goal is to make money. To do that, it has to be engaging, entertaining, and it has to make sense to the masses. “Noah” has received a lot of criticism from people who say the film takes too much artistic license. But isn’t that what makes movies, well, movies?

Whatever you decide, don’t place too many expectations on the film to improve your spiritual life. A movie can’t do what it isn’t designed to do.

More Resources to Help You Decide

  1. The Noah Movie: How To Watch the Movie with Wisdom and Discernment

  2. Why I’m Recommending Christians See the Movie “Noah”

Will you be watching “Noah”?