This weekend the epic blockbuster NOAH finally opened. The most controversial movie of the year is now able to be screened by the public and much of the uproar about what the movie was going to potentially be will all be put to bed.
It will win the weekend in box office receipts and in doing so become the third significant Biblically oriented narrative to leave its mark in this still very young cinema season. The previous successes of Son Of God, and God's Not Dead will both still finish in the top 15. Add the non-faith but for-the-most-part "family friendly" offerings of Divergent, Muppets, Mr. Peabody,The LEGO Movie, and Frozen and you end up with likely 5 of the top 6, 6 of the top 10, and perhaps 8-10 of the top 15 movies in America this weekend aimed at faith and family audiences.
The earnings on these types of films for the past two weeks alone will be north of $200 million, to date since release they are north of 1.3 billion--and it's only April.
As to NOAH specifically, far too many folks, said far too much, about a film they had not seen, and attempted to poison the waters. Some for different reasons from despising the fact that an espoused atheist directed the film (of Jewish descent.) Some because they had their own special release DVD by the same title that they wished to piggy back from the buzz with. Whatever the case, anyone who criticized the film without seeing it should be dismissed from the conversation immediately. (Note to Glenn Beck. Who said he DID see the film, denounced his own previous criticisms as invalid before launching into a whole series of exaggerations about far more minor problems with the film.)
Now that the film is in theaters, now that it will have won the box office, families will decide for themselves as to whether they feel the film is respectful to the Biblical account or not.
For what its worth, nobody fooled me. The words "inspired by" are always a dead give away that the offering will not be jot and tittle. However, after having walked the red carpet in New York, hearing Darren Aronofsky relay the true childhood story behind his desire to make the film, and then to actually view the final cut I came away pleased with the message the film sends.