Years ago, I saw a film called ‘The Fountain’ by Darren Aronofsky that completely puts me in awe now every time I see it. Even beyond the film’s three parallel plot lines, Clint Mansell’s work with Kronos Quartet on the soundtrack is brilliant! Between the music and the implied Christianity – I give myself liberty to write about it and Aronofsky’s upcoming film “Noah.”
The film, The Fountain, was supposed to be grandiose, big-budgeted, & star-laden; however, business & politics happen, the budget was cut – and what we were left with is an art film on, albeit small, a hollywood budget. Without going into too much detail, The Fountain is about love, loss, & the pursuit of eternal life and it delves into science, Christianity, & Buddhist beliefs without being a film that remotely fits into any of those genres… it’s an art film and Aronofsky is an artistic director. If you’ve seen or are remotely familiar with his past films, Black Swan, Pi, Requiem for a Dream, you might know this. But, if you did not know this – you have been warned.
Noah will not be the Old Testament’s Passion of the Christ or this generation’s Ten Commandments. If you’re planning on taking a church bus to the film or studying with a church small group – your plans will be detoured. If your plan is to see the movie rather than read it straight from Genesis – you are foolish. If you’re planning on seeing an artistic take on the idea of Noah and his Ark that’s going to take significant liberties on the template of the biblical story – you might be more on the right track.
Humanists, rationalists, & Christians alike often attribute more to the book of Genesis than its text. People rationalize the events of Noah and the flood whether it be as grandiose as the movement from Pangia to our current land-ocean configuration to as simple as a Mississippi-style flood in the region. If it’s these kind deviations from scripture you’re concerned of, Aronofsky’s approach is more sci-fi than rationale.
And while the reports of “six-armed” angels in the film are most certainly not out of reach in the realm of God’s creation, fundamentalists will be offended…period. Hollywood is not nor ever will be a substitute for the Bible. Even with the recent airing of the miniseries The Bible, much is either left out, portrayed incorrectly, or in the case of Christ’s gospel – the four accounts aren’t fully represented – no matter how good the intentions.
If Aronofsky’s Noah is anything like The Fountain, I’m sure it will continue to receive terrible reviews all-around. On the other hand, it will have a cult following like his films already accomplish, and with Clint Mansell on board as usual, it will be full of great music.