An obsession with annihilation: Darren Aronofsky’s Noah

OK, this is a great blog that shows how to read a movie via culture, and thank you for that! Fun, serious, seriously fun — and very opinionated. This message is particularly important for leadership: “Noah’s convictions are such that no human should survive the flood; he is obsessed with annihilation. These convictions, in the confines of the ark, grow violent to the detriment of family. This is the movie’s emotional conflict and as a story, regardless of the big budget effects, works. It is also where Aronofsky’s strangeness, his art, begins to appear. Never mind should you not believe in God, or veganism, this story about the limits of belief (and not just theistic belief) is worth the telling.”

The limits of belief — the failure of leadership — and the celebration of apocalypse….. These things seem to naturally go together, whether or not the director intended it — and in my view, it’s about the failure of a leadership story, in this case Noah’s. He was good, I guess, as the founder of the ark — but once on board, what’s a seer to do? Rage, rage against the dying of the role that made him, the story that faith built, the dream that turns out a nightmare. Change is the way of leadership. Servant leaders often get stuck in the savior story, and need to remember their time is short, and when it’s time, it’s time to step down and let the followers rise with their own, better versions of the changing journey.

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*Editor’s Note: This piece originally appeared at Hothouse Magazine.
by Forest Lewis

Cosmologist and atheist goon-squad member Lawrence Krauss has recently taken offense at Hollywood for pandering to theists as evidenced by such movies as The Son of God and Noah. According to Mr. Krauss these stories are facile and worse and shame on Hollywood for funding them. This brand of simpering is all fine and highly entertaining and you should read Krauss’s book, The Universe From Nothing, because it’s fascinating, but this reviewer must ask, concerning the movie Noah, is it, as a story, facile?

Noah, directed by Darren Aronofsky, is basically a morality tale about the perils  of veganism. The biblical account of Noah and the flood is pretty slim, so Mr. Aronofsky has had to fabricate much added detail and plot and the results are generally weird, often tiresome and once and…

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