“Noah” Floods Box Office
US Release Date: 3/28/14
Earlier Christian groups had complained that director Darren Aronofsky’s adaption of the world famous biblical story was not completely accurate.
Radio talk show host Glen Beck, prior to seeing it, called the film a “slap in the face to those who take religion seriously.” Beck urged church groups to shun the film, and expressed his hope that it would be a massive failure. He also said the film was “hostile to God,” and accused it of teaching “planet over man.”
Paramount execs, eager for Beck to reserve his remarks until after he had seen Noah, invited the radio host to a special screening. Beck gladly accepted the invitation, but his post viewing opinion was no less critical. He described the film as “Sinbad the Sailor meets Shining and Friday the 13th, with a sprinkle of Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome.”
Meanwhile, Paramount, after screening about six separate cuts for members of the religious community, wrote an amendment into its marketing materials stating that the pic was more about creativity than literal adaptation.
It was only a matter of time before the film’s stars started making comments about the unfolding controversy. In an interview with Good Morning America, Russell Crowe, who plays the title charatcer, blatantly lashed out at people who had been criticising the film without first seeing it.
“We’ve had probably over a year now of very harsh criticism from a bunch of people who have put their name and stamp on an opinion that’s not even based on the movie or seeing the movie, just an assumption of what it could be or how bad it could be or how wrong it could be in their eyes, which I think quite frankly is bordering on absolute stupidity.”
Those people who have seen the movie, said Crowe, realise its very respectful and potent. He also said the film inspired discussions about important topics such as mankind’s relationships to animals and issues concerning spirituality.
“Art that can do that for people is a wonderful thing,” he stated.
In her own interview on Good Morning America, Jennifer Connolly, who plays Noah’s wife, said religious leaders who have seen the film are fully embracing it.
“While it is very creative and very bold and very complex, really, it’s true to the spirit of the story in the Bible,” she said.
N-11021R Photo credit: Niko Tavernise. (Left to right) Jennifer Connelly is Naameh and Russell Crowe is Noah in NOAH, from Paramount Pictures and Regency Enterprises. © MMXIV Paramount Pictures Corporation and Regency Entertainment (USA), Inc. in the United States. All Rights Reserved.
Sources: The Hollywood Reporter & Glenbeck.com