Sunday, July 27, 2014
My Movie Review of Noah 2014
As many of you, for as long as I have been watching biblical based movies with a sharp eye for literal historical detail, verses accepted dogma’s or Hollywood fiction, I have personally not yet found one of these movies to hover even slightly close to what I know our Hebrew culture or language depicts on these topics. That is not until I saw the new Noah movie.
Much like a child, each time I have seen the advertisement of yet another Torah based movie, I have to admit I find myself a little excited and hopeful that maybe, just maybe this time someone got it more correct, only to be totally let down right up front within the first scenes, but not this time! I was shocked, excited and yes, dare I say it, vindicated!
Vindicated by Hollywood? Say-it-aint-so! Believe me, no one was, or is still as shocked as I remain twenty four hours after watching this movie, even compelled to write my first ever movie review. This movie is a must see, and you must watch it very closely, paying attention and bearing in mind all that I have written concerning Noah and The Eternal’s Everlasting Agreement.
For those of you who have not read my first book, "The Land of MEAT & Honey", or understand the details about the Everlasting Agreement, I will hit on the main points of that agreement as they were factually presented in context, and in character within this new movie. I will also say that there are many other related details which can go missed in this movie, and several ideas which I believe come from remnants of more ancient understandings of that time and events woven together which most people won’t identify as original understanding, but should be considered.
The first scenes begin with the young Noah and his father Lemech foraging for edible plant life on a nearly dead and baron landscape. First thing I expected to see out of Hollywood was everyone wearing animal skins for clothing, but I immediately saw none of that on the young Noah or Lemech, interesting I thought. Second oddity I noticed and didn't expect to see, was when the young Noah began to pick some small flowers, but Lemech stopped him, saying that the flower should remain alive in the ground for good reason, and that they never take more than they need…WOW! So, by this I thought, well, it’s depicting that they eat vegetation as all Western bible texts depict to be “part” of their food source, but expected the subsequent scenes to show them also harvesting animals for the other source of their diet, I was immediately proven wrong! Not seconds after Lemech reminds Noah about killing the flowers, a wounded animal runs by them, and Lemech makes an immediate chase, I thought for sure this was it, free meat!
Surprised and amazed I was wrong again! Lemech, catching up to the animal who could run no longer, laying down to die, Lemech kneels before the wounded creature, only to comfort the creature as it died, while his son Noah looking on in total disbelief, cannot process why anyone would kill an animal! More proof that this story-line is pulling the weight of original truth. No sooner does the animal die than three animal skin clad men show up laying claim to their kill. Strangely one of them comments how they haven’t seen any animals for a very long time. To me this said, the masses of Kayinites had nearly decimated all life on the planet by then. I won’t go into additional detail here about the opening scenes, only to say that so far in this movie I can ascertain that Lemech and his family were fully vegetarian, and had respect for even the smallest life, even the plant life that they were given, and allowed to harvest. THIS is the basis of the Everlasting Agreement that existed at the beginning, broken and decimated by the Canaanites, and was reestablished by the Eternal One through Noah! It is the same Everlasting Agreement almost all men have broken again since, and continue breaking today. "As it was in the days of Noah, so will it be...."
At this point, and so early on in yet another big dollar Hollywood movie I remain guarded, but getting excited, has someone finally found the truth and somehow got it past all the hurdles of the Hollywood politico in such a big production?
As the movie progresses quickly from Lemech and son, to the grown Noah with his own young family, our long forgotten Everlasting Agreement remains evident and more obvious among all the Noah family characters. In glaring opposition to the Everlasting Agreement being obeyed within the Noah family characters in this movie, we have all the rest of the Canaanite characters who make Mad Max look like Ozzie and Harriet. If you pay close attention as the movie progresses within the Canaanite scenes, you will see that the writers made a point to show the Canaanites tormenting animals, chopping them up and eating them raw, all along side of the myriad of other evil human proclivities taking place.
Another related and very interesting part of this movie are the flashback scenes back to the original Garden within Eden, complete with the ever present snake representation of course, but a most interesting apple representation. Watch closely because this was Not an apple, but more a representation of a living, beating heart, than any fruit. I tend to believe that the writers, knowing the truth of the garden and their fall being related to the killing and eating of some of the protected animals there, and not some dubious tree or fruit thereof, gave the movie the essence of the original truth, without departing from the accepted dogma on this topic, which of course would have been just too much for their intended viewing audience. This along with the many other more original depictions of the eldest but long hidden biblical truths, does prove to me that the writer of this movie is well versed in the most original truths on these topics.
In an unauthorized bible version of the story we have a very interesting part towards the end when the flood comes. I won’t give away those details, but it does lend an answer to how the spirit of the original Kayin made it to the far side of the flood and lived on to this very day. Suffices to say, that Ham was tainted by the consumption of animal meat just prior to leaving the Ark. This movie also up-held my long understanding of exactly what occurred with Ham that got him and his descendants cursed just as Kayin did originally.
“Ham saw his fathers nakedness”… Which makes no sense to any of you if you don’t understand the ancient culture which continued past Abrahim, and Moshe. In short, this ancient understanding is referring NOT to the man, but to his wife. Seeing Noah’s nakedness means that Ham either attempted or did have sexual relations with his mother. NOW THAT, is a reason to be cursed and cast out, isn't it. Additionally, this movie and unlike the Hebrew or English texts, depicted Ham as not having a women of his own, and as many boys might be in that situation, Ham was adversely effected by the idea and reality of never having the opportunity.
Now, we all know, by the mere fact that the world became repopulated, that Ham did eventually find some woman out there, so someone survived the flood besides Noah’s small family, and this movie smartly did not venture into this area, sticking with the most basic rendition of Ham, “seeing his father’s nakedness”… And leaving it at that, which is fine.
On a side note, I liked the way they used the words of Enoch for most of this movie, this again to my knowledge has never been done in such a large cinema production. I also liked the way they depicted the watchers, as far higher dimension beings who rebelled against The Eternal One out of love and not hate for humanity as later superstition teaches it. Like most of the truths I saw in this movie depicted very subtly, I liked how the singular truth of “Return – Teshuvah” was also depicted in the Watchers as they were conquered one by one while defending the Ark. In an earlier scene they depicted other Watcher’s dying in battle fighting alongside of Noah’s Grandfather Methuselah many hundreds of years prior, but who obviously did not cry out to The Eternal One with the same contrite heart for their rebellion. They were not depicted as being return to The Eternal upon their deaths, as these later Watchers were so obviously returned to The Eternal while defending the ark. All they had to do was admit their error and culpability to be returned, and the movie cleverly depicted this.
I did find it odd and interesting how they depicted Noah’s understanding, or misunderstanding of the flood plan by The Eternal, just as it is easy for any of us to do when trying to discern His small voice. Even so, the idea that Noah and his family were not supposed to survive past their own lives after off-loading the animals, and that only the animals were supposed to survive and thrive thereafter, is an interesting point of view. But again, even in this view, you will see the law of the Everlasting Agreement upheld by Noah, as Noah chose love and life over death, even though by doing so he believed he was rebelling directly against The Eternal's plan.
Like I said on the outset, there are a few areas of the story that diverge from the traditional Western religion story line, but they are in my opinion worth considering, and they in no way over-fictionalize the story.
This bible based movie does in fact break away from the accepted mold of man-made biblical history for sure, and amazingly depicts original truths of The Eternal’s most important tenet for all life, as it should be depicted truthfully. Unfortunately, the masses of religious folk who gravitate to this type of movie will completely miss these original truths as anything more than Hollywood getting their religious dogma incorrect. I expect the likes of John Hagee to talk it down for biblical inaccuracies, and all Jews to just ignore it completely.
I will however suggest that everyone watch it twice.
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