Today I got out to see Noah with my friend Brian. I can’t say I was too impressed. The special effects were great. The landscapes and scenery were amazing. But the plot itself, and its rethinking of the Biblical story, didn’t convince me. Much of it felt gimmicky. By the end of the movie I was quite bored by the theological conflict Noah went though. (I can’t say any more without spoiling the plot!)
That said, I loved the beginning of the movie. The writers really conveyed a sense of Noah as man with pietas, a facility for listening to the movements of God in the world around him. There’s one scene where Noah rebukes his son for picking a flower: it belongs in the earth, for that is where it grows. I am not the first to notice the obvious ecological slant of the movie. I mention it because it moved me greatly. In the primordial harmony of creation, we live in balance with the earth and we treat one another with kindness. I am going to spend more time pondering how my environmental choices fit with my faith, and how the beauty of the natural world calls to me as a sacrament of God.