Noah

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The animals went in two by two, Hurrah! Hurrah!
The elephant and the kangaroo, Hurrah! Hurrah!
The animals went in two by two,
The elephant and the kangaroo,
And they all went in-to the Ark for to get out of the rain,
And they all went in-to the Ark for to get out of the rain.

The animals went in three by three, Hurrah! Hurrah!
The wasp, the ant and the bumble bee, Hurrah! Hurrah!
The animals went in three by three,
The wasp , the ant and the bumble bee,
And they all went in-to the Ark for to get out of the rain,
And they all went in-to the Ark for to get out of the rain.

The animals went in four by four, Hurrah! Hurrah!
The great hippopotamus stuck in the door, Hurrah! Hurrah!
The animals went in four by four,
The great hippopotamus stuck in the door,
And they all went in-to the Ark for to get out of the rain,
And they all went in-to the Ark for to get out of the rain.

The animals went in five by five, Hurrah! Hurrah!
By eating each other they kept alive, Hurrah! Hurrah!
The animals went in five by five,
By eating each other they kept alive,
And they all went in-to the Ark for to get out of the rain,
And they all went in-to the Ark for to get out of the rain.

The animals went in six by six, Hurrah! Hurrah!
They turned out monkey because of his tricks, Hurrah! Hurrah!
The animals went in six by six,
They turned out monkey because of his tricks,

The animals went in seven by seven, Hurrah! Hurrah!
The little pig thought he was goin’ to heav’n, Hurrah! Hurrah!
The animals went in seven by seven,
The little pig thought he was goin’ to heav’n,
And they all went in-to the Ark for to get out of the rain,
And they all went in-to the Ark for to get out of the rain.

I have always enjoyed the story’s from the bible although I struggled with Christianity from a young age. I went to church every Sunday with mum up until the age of 15, when I was given the choice of whether I wanted to continue going to church and it was an easy decision not to. My Nan put together a reach out group for the family and the youngsters in the area which I loved going to because of the bible story’s, songs, quizzes and plays which were created, directed and written by my Nan. I was always ahead of everyone when it came to the quizzes. So although I no long follow Christianity I do still have a knowledge of the bible.
Russell Crowe as Noah in Darren Aranofsky's biblical epic
I knew before going to see the film that the story of Noah would not be followed to detail. The bible can be interpreted in many ways, but some interpret the story’s and God’s message in a way that suits them. The director definitely did this and also changed some important aspects of the word. I was very disappointed when reading reviews of the film that this was the case and so I went into the cinema with negative feelings.

The performances from the cast were brilliant and made this film a really emotional tale of a father’s love for his family, depicting his disgust at the sin of humanity and also the feelings if an ordinary man struggling to follow God’s word. I could really sense the struggles that Noah and his family were going through. Russel Crowe was a brilliant choice as Noah as a strong warrior fighting against sin and constructing the awesome ark that would be carrying the animals from earth to freedom. Jennifer Conelly always performs well and her role as a mother was difficult to play as she had to look out for her children, which could go against her husband’s role as the saviour and God’s commands. This is some power to go up against even if it provides her son’s with a happy life. Noah’ s wife wanted partners for her son’s although in the true story they were already married. This is one of the many inaccuracies in the film, which sort of sensationalized the story.
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The three sons looked rugged and almost caveman like as did the adopted daughter who was Barron and unable to provide them with children. They all had fights within themselves to either do the right thing by God or to do the best by themselves and their family. This is something that flows throughout the bible as man has to do right by God, which often means that they may suffer along the way. Even Jesus struggled as he knew he had to die on the cross, but as a man he feared this death and thought God had forsaken him. Ray Winston is the perfect enemy as Tubai Cain the leader of the sinful meat eating men who have provoked God to start life again. He is a man in God’s image, but has no belief that the floods will come . When they do he is only out for himself as the waters brush his men and women behind. Anthony Hopkins plays Mathusala with a very strong Welsh accent which seemed very strange and didn’t quite fit in with the rest of the cast. He came across as an eccentric wizard rather than a prophet and grandfather. There was a lot of fantasy in this film which is understandable as some believe the bible is pure fantasy.
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The watchmen which were fallen angels turned to stone were like characters from Lord of the rings supporting the idea of a fantasy film. These watchmen built the ark, which was like a big box as well as fighting man as they tried to enter the boat. It was a really disappointing view point and completely ruined the film in my opinion. The watchmen looked like creatures from the 80’s as did the flashbacks to the creation of earth.
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Part of the story is that man laughed at Noah for building the ark.They didn’t believe the floods were coming and that God wanted purify the earth of sin. Noah did not fight those trying to get on the boat like he did in the film and he didn’t believe that they would be the end of line . The scenes of Noah trying to kill his new born grandchildren were very unbelievable. I think this was mixed up with the story of Abraham where God tested him by telling him to kill his son Isaac. Abraham followed his God and went to kill his son before God revealed that it was just a test of Abrahams faith and he didn’t have to do it. I was pleased that God’s voice was not heard throughout the film as in previous films such as The Ten Commandments this has sounded pretty ridiculous.

Those with no knowledge of the bible are more likely to enjoy this film for film sake. The performances out shine the story itself because the word has not been followed. The fantasy aspect makes the story unbelievable and the graphics are very 80.s which is disappointing indeed. I find it hard to rate this film because I didn’t hate it, but I can only think of the performances as a positive note. I think biblical story’s have been portrayed far better on the big screen.
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Acting performance 7/10 film 6/10

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