When I heard there was going to be a Noah movie, I was ecstatic. The story of Noah is beautiful, painful, and hopeful. It's an amazing foreshadowing of what will come in the future. But upon watching the Noah movie, I was shocked and dismayed to find Noah's story drowning in flaws.
There's two sides to this movie - either you can look at it as a fictional tale based up a legendary character from a religious book, or you can look at it as a story that attempts to expound on a true story but, in the end, falls short.
Noah did not cease to have stunning visuals. Shots where the animals were marching to the ark, two by two, were massive in scale and impressive. The ark itself was an impressive work of man's hands. Even the global floods that cleansed the Earth felt deadly and otherworldly.
As far as the story, the narrative, of Noah goes, it's hard to tell where most of it came from. For example, in the Biblical story of Noah, there are no rock monsters. Noah is not a sociopathic killer who goes insane by the time the world has been flooded. His sons have their wives before they board the Ark. There were eight people on the Ark and not nine. I could go on.
It comes down to one single question: do you want a story that butchers the Biblical account of Noah, and yet somehow turns out to be an epic tale of man's struggle against nature, or do you want a story that holds true to God saving mankind and the world, that is far more focused on God then man?
If you picked the latter choice, then this movie is not for you.
One benefit of Noah is the casting. Emma Watson and Douglas Booth's duo is clearly the winner in this movie. Emma Watson played a spot on girl, struggling with infertility and yet still fighting for a place in Noah's family. Douglas Booth, on the other hand, completed her just as well by playing a compassionate, strong, leader of the family and protector when need be.
Although Jennifer Connelly and Russell Crowe have played a duo in several other movies, their marriage felt especially strong in Noah. As for Logan Lerman's character, he was still the weak, complaining, boy he always is. Had they given him a few years, maybe he would have been able to play a convincing Ham.
In the end, this movie is going to either be a hit or miss. I can't say which it'll be for you. However, it will get you talking. Give it a chance. Watch it. Talk about it. We can all learn something from Noah, even if we are different sides of the spectrum.