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Some things are best left to one’s imagination. That’s how I feel about most biblical “epics.”
That’s also why the new movie about Noah fails to engage my interest, even though I like its cast. My unwillingness to get excited about the movie is totally aside from the arguments that God is strangely left out, or that it is basically an environmental screed, or that its special effects are the main character.
There are exceptions. Some fine movies have been made about the life of Christ. Perhaps that’s because his story is so personal and accessible, and because so many memorable events are recorded in the Gospels.
But the Old Testament seems to bring out Hollywood’s propensity to turn spiritual history into extravaganza, ideology, or both. To my mind, the original material is far better than Hollywood’s imagination of it. Given its weekend grosses, Noah obviously has appeal to a large audience. But not me.
Do I have it wrong? Is it worth $8 and three hours of my time?