Noah, starring Russell Crowe and Emma Watson, hits theaters today. You may be wondering if you should see it. After all, this is an elaboration of the Genesis story! Check out the trailer below:
Here are three reasons you should see Noah:
1. The film will open the door to talk about Christ with your non-believing friends.
The film takes artistic liberties, yes. But that leaves room to REALLY engage the scriptures of the story with friends who are sure to have questions. We know there will be questions—it’s human nature to question something like a giant flood that destroys the world. So, that best friend of yours who isn’t a Christian? Ask her if she wants to see Noah with you this weekend, then go out for fro-yo afterward to discuss!
2. We need to support faith-based films.
In a previous post, we discussed how Hollywood is experiencing a renaissance not seen in ages when it comes to faith. Well, this is one of those films. This movie features A-list actors Russell Crowe and Emma Watson. It was produced by a major production company, Paramount Pictures. They spent an estimated $125 million on it. They are heavily promoting a Biblical story—again, yes, with some liberties. But that’s okay. Jesus can handle people not of the Christian faith telling one of the greatest stories in the Bible. Remember, Hollywood is a business, and what better place to advance the Great Commission than through the major media? The only way we can help is by supporting these films rather than by criticizing what they got wrong.
3. It may change people…in a good way!
The Bible is the greatest story ever told. This movie is sharing a story from God’s Word. Again, is it perfect? No. However, this movie shows God’s grace and how (spoiler alert!) He comes through on His promises to Noah. That is something we all need to learn: to trust in God ALWAYS. Just as Noah put his trust in Christ, we need to do the same.
This isn’t a movie that takes the literal interpretation of the story of Noah. In fact, this isn’t at all what you probably will think. However, it’s a movie worth seeing this weekend. Take a friend who doesn’t know the story, then find time to engage with her about the real story of Noah found in Genesis!