Paramount Pictures is releasing Noah, a movie that retells the Biblical story of the global flood, two of every kind, blah blah blah. But some Christians were upset about the movie not being “accurate” and forced the studio to edit the film and append a disclaimer to it:
At the request of the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB), Paramount added a disclaimer which reads, in part, that “[t]he film is inspired by the story of Noah. While artistic license has been taken, we believe that this film is true to the essence, values, and integrity of a story that is a cornerstone of faith for millions of people worldwide. The biblical story of Noah can be found in the book of Genesis.”
NRB board member Phil Cooke told The Wrap that the disclaimer was necessary because the film is “historically inaccurate.” It is, Cooke said, “more of an inspired movie than an exact retelling.”
Cooke is not the only Christian to have concerns about the film.
Writing on his blog last year, Answers In Genesis president Ken Ham noted that the film’s script “is not at all faithful to the biblical account in Genesis.” Ham believes the trailer for the film is “a Hollywood con” designed to lure unsuspecting Jews and Christians to witness “an unbiblical production.”
He lists the many ways in which the film does not accurately reflect his interpretation of what happened in Genesis 6. He notes that “Noah’s family only consists of his wife, three sons, and one daughter-in-law, contrary to the Bible.” Moreover, “[i]t appears as if every species was crammed in the Ark instead of just the kinds of animals, thus mocking the Ark account the same way secularists do today.”
In related news, scientists say they have identified the largest deposit of irony in the universe. The movie about an event that never happened is not accurate enough. Next they’ll be protesting Disney because the mermaids in their movies aren’t enough like “real” mermaids.
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