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March 27, 2014

Films are for fun, not necessarily for fact

By now, many of you (or some of you, at least) have heard about this new movie coming out called “Noah.”

Now, this isn’t a movie about just any Noah … it’s about the biblical Noah.

You know, the guy who, according to the Good Book, built the Ark and saved his extended family from God’s wrath in the Great Flood.

Hollywood heavyweights Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly and Anthony Hopkins lend their talents to the film, which is set to release today.

I think it’s safe to say many religious folk — and non-religious folk, too — will make their way out to movie theaters to see it. But there’s one person who (supposedly) won’t: Glenn Beck.

Yes, the conservative TV/radio pundit, after recently reading The Hollywood Reporter’s review, declared the film “dangerous,” and hopes it’s a “massive failure.”

Said Beck, according to the online periodical: “This movie, if it becomes successful — if we take our churches and we all go and everything else — our children will look at that as being the Noah story, and no matter what you say, they will believe this version over the version that mommy and daddy are telling them or that old, dusty Bible is telling them, because this one will come alive in their imaginations. It is dangerous disinformation.”

Now, I have to take a step back and ask, “Is that necessarily true?”

What I mean is, will children really look at the movie as that being the true story of Noah, or will other influences help them they see it as purely a form of entertainment?

Let me put it this way: Are forms of entertainment just that — entertainment? Or should all movies that are based on something recorded in history be as true to the manuscript as possible?

I don’t know about you, but when I go to the movie theater or sit at home, and I sit down and watch a good movie that just happens to be historically based, I don’t sit there and go, “Wow, I’m really impressed by how historically accurate that was!”

I’m not saying it’s wrong to do that. All I’m saying is some people don’t care about the history and just want to watch movies to have fun.

And that brings me back to “Noah” … Should movie-goers be impressed by the biblical accuracy (or lack thereof) of the film or instead be purely entertained by the special effects, the action, etcetera?

Well, that’s up to you, isn’t it?

As for me, I think I’ll just head to the local theater, buy a bag of popcorn and hope to be entertained.

Comments? Contact Joe at jmalan@enidnews.com.

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