The makers of the biblical epic Noah have been trying to get an audience with the Pope. So why is the Vatican’s approval so important?

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  • Comment number 32. Posted by Arntcatscute

    on 14 Jul 2014 16:18

    This was (and remains) the biggest pile of religious clap-trap I have ever seen. I walked out after 40 minutes or so... Terrible! Shockingly so!

    The film does not critically look at the ridiculousness of what it is trying to sell... The reason given in the film for saving two of every animal, well 'they are innocent'. Ok, so why kill any animals then, let alone every animal of every species except two of each, what makes those two so special? Nor does this film grapple with the s*** it is shovelling... 'God gave man free will'! Yeah, except when he exercised it, god then chooses to wipe man out with a flood? What use is free will if you can't exercise it!

    Then of course, Adam and Eve. If you can get over the rubbish of women being responsible for original sin, then there is the somewhat discussing thought that if they had three sons as told in the film, the only way for another generation is for at least one of those sons to sleep with his mother!

    This film is too literal, and tries to faithfully retell a bible story that is a nonsense, but a nonsense that so many people still believe! Especially in Bible belt USA! That is clearly the target audience for this film. The fact that Mark Kermode shows the films stars/makers seeking Papal approval, just makes me despair!

    The effects are terrible too... The 'Rock Monsters' (fallen angels) in the film look like the poor leftover prototype models of 'The Rockbiter' from the film 'The Never Ending Story'!

    Avoid, even on DVD!

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  • Comment number 31. Posted by L Sheppard

    on 10 Apr 2014 12:55

    I misheard "The Passion of the Christ" as "The Clash of the Titans"!

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  • Comment number 30. Posted by tattyannie

    on 5 Apr 2014 08:42

    I saw this yesterday. It was awful. If you want to give away £8-£9 (thank god I have an unlimited card!) give it to charity, you'll feel much better for it.

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  • Comment number 29. Posted by Kamal Bayo Knight

    on 1 Apr 2014 11:11

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  • Comment number 28. Posted by aviddiva

    on 26 Mar 2014 13:02

    I mean 'an MP was quoted as saying that gays were to blame for recent flooding'.

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  • Comment number 27. Posted by aviddiva

    on 26 Mar 2014 13:01

    Are they going to have It's Raining Men on the soundtrack, given that an MP gays were blamed for recent flooding? I liked the comment that this wasn't going to go down well in Welsh cinemas; I still remember Rhod Gilbert's bistro rant!

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  • Comment number 26. Posted by Stevo the Magnificent

    on 26 Mar 2014 04:42

    @TheSkyIsBlue, I wasn't berating anyone, but in answer to your question... yes.

    @Elizmjo, "how much trouble Christian opposition can give"...??? Aside from protests over Scorsese's 'The Last Temptation of Christ' in 1988 - 26 years ago, a whole quarter of a century! - where else has there been Christians picketing, protesting, and publicly opposing a movie outside a cinema showing it?

    On the other hand, we've seen hysterical Jewish protesters picketing 'The Passion of the Christ', we saw the vicious, slanderous, and unrelenting attacks (both verbal and literal) on Mel Gibson and his family for a whole year leading up to 'The Passion's release and after that, and we've seen the picketing, protesting, disruptive actions, and even attempted boycotts and commercial blackmail from militant homosexual pressure groups against such films as 'Cruising', 'The Silence of the Lambs', 'Basic Instinct', 'Ender's Game' (and it's author), and even the otherwise atrocious 'Duck Dynasty' television show... indeed, against anyone who dares voice a dissenting opinion on their chosen so-called 'alternative lifestyle', or is perceived to paint it in anything less than glowing terms (intentional or otherwise).

    It's not Christians' fault that New Line (who knew what they were buying rights to) got cold feet over a mediocre film based on odious atheistic agit-prop novels aimed at impressionable young adults, and if I was spending $160m (+ advertising and marketing costs) on a film like 'Noah' as Paramount and Regency are, I would want a sizable slice of the audience for that film to be onboard with it, it's just good business. That being said, most of the hysteria and hullabaloo over 'Noah' was and is from people who either hadn't and/or haven't yet still seen the finished film, it was hot air over something they heard third-hand from someone, those Christians that have seen the film have almost all praised it as a daring, bold, and even challenging powerful work of art that respects the source whilst telling a deliberately fantastical story.

    Christian opposition? I think not.

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  • Comment number 25. Posted by Elizmjo

    on 25 Mar 2014 15:33

    Well we've seen examples of how much trouble christian opposition can give. The adaptation of The Golden Compass sunk, first because of the studios fear of christian opposition, which had them disemboweling the script, and then when the backlash eventually came. Granted it was more controversial because the book was anti-established religion, but both productions seem to have been swayed by the fear of losing that potential audience, not to mention to avoid the controversy of christian protesters

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  • Comment number 24. Posted by TheSkyisBlue

    on 25 Mar 2014 13:12

    @10 - you're berating someone for confusing a fictional character with reality then claim the Noah fairytale to be 'an historical event' implying it actually happened!!

    As for the film; There Will be Flood....

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  • Comment number 23. Posted by information1st

    on 24 Mar 2014 22:10

    Like I said, "Is it relevant/resonating?" If the Pope gives his blessing the people who might be interested in this story might make the *ahem* pilgrimage to the silver screen (as opposed to the pearly gates).

    Anyway that's all an excuse for the inexcusable duck that the Dr. seems to have given in finding a topic concerning Under the Skin. I'm aiming to see i this w/e so have not yet read up, but over at Film4 they've done a bunch of interviews with the makers on The Script, Sound Design, Casting, Music, The Edit and the Director:

    http://www.film4.com/special-features/interviews/under-the-skin-the-script

    Linked on the side. I'd prefer to read about a good film than watch a (potentially) bad film to segue back between aliens and gods.

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