· The Film ·
It is better not to look for similarities with or contradictions of the biblical text in Darren Aronofsky’s film Noah (2014); it would be a pointless exercise. It’s better to let oneself be carried away by the story and images of this colossal movie that with all its errors, special effects and ingenuity nevertheless prompts some important reflections. God charges Noah (Russell Crowe) to build an ark, to save the animals because mankind, having become evil, is destroying the earth and nature. Noah’s family is to be saved on this ark, but it too will die out because, like the rest of mankind, it is unable to appreciate the Creator’s gift and is not worthy of inhabiting the earth. Noah accomplishes the task given to him by God – he saves the animals, nature and the world – and prepares himself to await the extinction of his family. The human race will die out, but his daughter-in-law, Shem’s wife (Emma Watson), unexpectedly gives birth to two daughters who can be their salvation. Faced with this maternity that is prepared to do anything to save itself, Noah’s hand, ready to kill the two baby girls, is stayed. Humanity is saved. Man once again accepts God’s new message sent through the woman. A reconciliation with nature is possible. (@ritannaarmeni)
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