If you read my reviews over at Aleteia, such as the latest one for Noah, then you know they are often lite on the theological discussions I attempt (successfully or otherwise) to put into my reviews here. That’s very much on purpose as my editors have asked for a specific type of article from me as part of their evangelistic efforts. That’s fine as I’m more than happy to do whatever I can to help the cause.
Still, an occasional film shows up that I feel deserves a little more in-depth analysis. Such was the case with Noah, and I was seriously considering writing a longer piece on the film for this blog after the Aleteia review had run its course. But now, thanks to Darwin Catholic, I don’t have to. In his review of the movie, Mr. Darwin says most of what I wanted to. For instance…
“One of the key problems with the movie, in the end, is that it builds up Noah as such a dangerous fanatic that I personally was rooting for him to die in order to protect humanity from him, yet although Noah does at the last relent in a key way -- due to a moment of humanity which he nonetheless sees as a failure of nerve -- the movie fails to either mete out justice to him or show a sufficient conversion of character to seem dramatically satisfying. The story of Noah has been changed from one in which God deals out justice to humanity through clear (if dark) instructions, to one in which humanity, in the person of one ultimately powerful and relentless man, must decide for itself what is right and what is wrong. And never even quite does that clearly.”
And there’s a lot more of that kind of thoughtful analysis throughout the review. What I particularly like is that Darwin neither heaps scorn on the film as some have, nor does he lavish it with hyperbolic praise as have others. The movie deserves neither. Instead, he finds plenty to like in it, but ultimately concludes that it fails in its intentions. In other words, he agrees with me!
So be sure to head on over to Darwin Catholic and check out what I would have come close to writing about Noah here. My thanks to Darwin for the excellent review and for saving me some time.