As the anticipated Darren Aronofsky film "Noah" hit theaters on Friday, debate in the Christian community over the movie's biblical accuracy continued and critics remained divided.
Faith Driven Consumer, which already had a negative impression of the film before its release, insisted that Aronofsky's movie "misses the boat," and gave it a faith-friendly rating of 2 stars out of 5, based on categories including overall faith or biblical relevance, faith-compatible characters and relationships, faith-compatible situations, family viewing suitability and entertainment value.
"Having now seen 'Noah,' we are disappointed to report that the film misses the boat," wrote founder Chris Stone. "'Noah' is a significant departure both from the Biblical narrative and message, and Faith Driven Consumers are likely not going to spend their hard-earned dollars on an entertainment product that fails to resonate." more >>
I'm the "little guy" who wrote a blog post critiquing an early draft of the Noah script because of my own research into the subject matter. Well, when things went south in the studio screenings of the movie with religious audiences, the blood hound media scoured the internet for negative quotes, found my post, and it went viral.
I thus became Satan for Paramount and its elitist director of dark unsympathetic sick and twisted heroes, Darren Aronofsky.
I finally saw the movie. And now I know why Paramount and its hired Christian marketers would not let me into an early screening to correct my analysis of the early script of Noah. more >>
The story of Noah has been told and retold for centuries with its titular character being one of the Bible's most recognizable, especially during Sunday school lessons.
However, the Darren Aronofsky-directed film will leave the audience wondering if they had ever been introduced to Noah at all. Released to theaters everywhere on Friday, March 28, "Noah" sparked controversy among Christians who speculated on how closely Hollywood would adhere to the Bible. While Aronofsky took several well-documented creative liberties, "Noah" remains true to the core themes in the Biblical epic.
Perfectly cast as Noah, Russell Crowe is a moody, dark and silently powerful in the glittering film. The Oscar-winning actor never falters in the difficult role as the sole patriarch that God deemed fit to live through the great flood, as written in the Biblical story of "Noah." more >>
The Noah movie opens today to a confusing chorus of Christian voices. Some say, "Go," while others say, "No." Some say, "Good," while others say, "Heresy."
If Hollywood has a checkered history with biblical movies, Christian responses are equally inconsistent. Partially at issue is whether followers of Christ should expect perfect alignment with scripture when a non-believer is telling the story. Any deviation from the text sets loose howls of "war on Christians" or "war on the Bible." more >>
Christian actor Stephen Baldwin described the upcoming "Noah" movie as "powerful and beautiful" on social media, where he also cited Romans 8:28.
"Ok so slept on it & still think @NoahMovie is amazing ! Why ? Romans 8:28 Of course it's the @DarrenAronofsky funky version. #PraiseGod !" reads a tweet on Thursday from Baldwin. It was retweeted by Director Darren Aronofsky.
Romans 8:28 reads: "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." more >>
Kevin Sorbo, the actor who stars in the newly released "God's Not Dead" film, says he is on Hollywood's blacklist for simply having a conservative view on politics and social issues, which has ultimately cost him acting jobs.
"I'm not a party guy. There are people on both sides of the political fence that I don't agree with. To me, I look to see who I honestly think is going to be the best person. So, that, in itself, is enough to get me blacklisted in Hollywood," Sorbo said, according to The Epoch Times. "They (Hollywood) scream for tolerance, they scream for freedom of speech but if you disagree at all with what they're saying then they can blacklist you. They have the power to do that."
Sorbo considers himself one of the very few actors in Hollywood brave enough to voice his political opinion, and admits to voting Democratic and Republican. He also says he receives a lot of backlash for being Christian. more >>