Devout Christians are up in arms this morning about Darren Aronofsky’s film Noah, despite the fact that the majority of them haven’t seen it. They’re upset because, in the words of one person on Twitter:
But the professional comedians aren’t the only ones weighing in on the alterations to the biblical original. Conservative film critic Debbie Schlussel — who has actually seen the film — wrote that the film should be called “‘Game of Thrones Noah,’ ‘The Noah-dashians,’ ‘Dysfunctional Family Noah.’ Or just plain, ‘NOT Noah.’”
Erick Erickson at Red State surveyed all of the deviations from scripture, declared “boy howdy!” and then proceeded to remind his readers that he “is not kidding” eleven times.
We are not kidding.
Breitbart editor Ben Shapiro objected, repeatedly, to the film’s depiction of humanity as the planet’s designated caretaker, and one of his followers agreed, pointing Twitter-followers the biblical verses in their original English:
@benshapiro People cannot watch a liar's movie and know God's word. Laziness will be rewarded with hardship, READ the NASB version (or NKJ).
Which isn’t to say all of the responses to the film have consisted of ignorant trolling. Ever the self-promoter, Lars Von Trier used the occasion of the film’s release to remind people that he’s got one coming out too:
… And then Hermione uses the time traveling spell and everyone is saved. That's how #Noah ends, now go and watch #NymphomaniacVL2
Scott Eric Kaufman is the proprietor of the AV Club's Internet Film School and, in addition to Raw Story, also writes for Lawyers, Guns & Money. He earned a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of California, Irvine in 2008.
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