I’ve been saying for a while that Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge, which tells the true story of a Seventh-Day Adventist who refused to carry a weapon yet nevertheless saved dozens of lives during the Battle of Okinawa, could be the “Christian World War II movie” that many people hoped Unbroken would be a couple years ago.
Mel Gibson reportedly cuts profanity from his World War II movie Hacksaw Ridge to make it more Christian-friendly
Brian Godawa, author of Hollywood Worldviews and writer of To End All Wars, has been very critical of the Bible movies coming out over the last few years.
Questions of personal taste aside, most of the problems that people have had with Darren Aronofsky’s Noah don’t stand up to all that much scrutiny. Does the film reflect a Gnostic theology? Not at all. Is the snakeskin worn by Adam and his descendants necessarily evil in the Jewish tradition? Not at all. Were the righteous people who lived before the Flood vegetarian? Actually, yes. And so on, and so on.
The one complaint that arguably does have some merit is the one that says God does not speak in this film. God talks a lot in the biblical version of this story, but in the film he is silent, communicating through visions and signs that are open to more than one interpretation, and leaving some pretty crucial decisions to Noah himself.
Brian Godawa has now updated his post on the Noah serpent — twice! — in response to posts of mine in which I debunked the claim that Noah is Gnostic and tried to untangle just what the snakeskin represents, both in Judaism and within the film specifically.
Brian’s a good guy, and he’s done a lot of research into the Noah story, and I have found his posts on that subject very informative. But when it comes to his analysis of Darren Aronofsky’s film, it seems to me that he has certain blind spots, or that he insists too strongly on filtering his experience of the film through a certain worldview without fully engaging with the film on its own terms.