The Sundance Film Festival held in Park City is long over for 2014 but for those of us who enjoy going to the movies primarily for the purpose of being entertained and on the rare occasion viewing a little spiritual story, the movie to see is Noah. It is a story that almost everyone is familiar with and it is sure to resonate with the predominately with the LDS (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints) faithful living here is Salt Lake City, Utah.
Noah opened Friday, March 28 th and although the year is still young, it is hailed as a must see blockbuster and epic movie for 2014. Inspired from the story of Noah in the Book of Genesis, it is of faith, courage and hope to do what no one would dare to do, even by today’s standards for fear of being labeled as a “lunatic”.
The movie’s release was very timely and is sure the draw a crowd, not only because of the Easter season but because of several events being held by the LDS community. The recent Annual LDS Women’s Conference was held in downtown Salt Lake City at the LDS Conference Center and was flooded by many out of state visitors. It was also historic for the church because for the first time attendees included young women and girls from the age of 8 years old.
And while moms and daughters attended the conference, many dads and sons were looking around for something to do in the mean time. Noah certainly fit the bill of something spiritual and also serve to keep the men… young and old… occupied and out of trouble. As the movie is expected to run for several weeks, I expect that the ladies will reciprocate the following week when the men attend their meeting.
After seeing this movie, it is sure to incite some discussion and some may be inspired to take another look at the Genesis chapters. And with a cast of well known names such as Academy Award winner Russell Crowe, Anthony Hopkins and Emma Watson from the “Harry Potter” film series, this movie is sure to attract those of us who also want to see some good acting.
Despite the many questions it will invoke related to how the story was told in comparison to the biblical version, this is a movie that everyone should see. As with many films based on books, don’t expect the movie to be a word for word account taken from the bible. While there were some creative liberties taken in the making of the film, the essence to the story is there. There were also some great messages and gentle reminders suitable for our time.