Thursday, April 3, 2014

Historical Rewrite

I've just seen a movie that I do not recommend. The main character had a biblical name, but you'd hardly recognize this version of the character. His story is pretty well known as most of us have heard the story as youngsters. In fact, much of the historical significance is captured in stone. The movie appears to be a historical account, but I couldn't help but notice the ridiculous liberties with which the director chose to take with the original story. The title character was apparently motivated with far different passions than what we've been led to believe all these years. Somehow, this new motivation taints the title character, and he is somehow diminished from his original stature.

The title character did accomplish a grand feat in both the original historical account and this new Hollywood version, but the "new" character is not so warm and righteous as we remember from history. The title character is joined in the movie by some recognizable friends. The movie portrayed the sad death of many many people, so wouldn't recommend this movie to be watched with the kids or with a date. The "Bad Guy" in the movie had mysterious and dark powers, and surprisingly, the good guy had help from similar mysterious powers.

It would be a shame if Hollywood's historical revisionism caused some to rethink their understanding of how the story goes, but you never know with people these days. People will believe a lot of crazy things.

So has anyone else seen Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter? On a related note, there's another movie out now in theaters that appears to take the name of a Biblical character and skew the entire story. While both biblically-named title characters doubtless contributed to history, the Hollywood versions appear to have perverted both men into something they were not.

Noah is a major Hollywood blockbuster, made by an atheist director best known for his previous flick where a mentally disturbed lesbian ballerina goes insane and bleeds to death on stage. Already, a critical person might be slightly concerned about his handling of the Bible, considering what he just did to the ballet.
These concerns grew from suspicion to reality before it was even released, when the man himself came out publicly and professed Noah to be both an environmentalist propaganda piece, and the “least Biblical” Bible film ever made.

Spend your money on something worthwhile, like God's Not Dead.