#Noah I’m not a literalist, but as someone who pillages literatures for jokes I was both engaged and bored with the film—at the same time. Mostly it left me wanting and wondering why Aronofsky chose to elide or dim the hugely comic aspect of it. In the Genesis flood narrative people mocked Noah for building a big dumb boat. And Noah waited. And waited. He did something dumb looking on faith. And gave everything to that. Pretty big and important thread gone missing. (And no I’m not confusing the major flood narratives with Cosby’s bit, but I would much rather listen to Cosby’s version a hundred times than watch that film more than once in the theater and then later on Netflix a decade later on some night I can’t sleep because I ate whatever version we have of Chipotle 10 years into the future right before bed).
Also the Nephilim, the “watchers” line which I think Aronofsky basically hacked out of Genesis 6 (a passage scholars have been wrestling with for centuries), were way more poetic and beautiful in their original vague form: the children of human women who may or may not have been raped by angels. See:
"Now it came about, when men began to multiply on the face of the land, and daughters were born to them, that the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves, whomever they chose. Then the LORD said, ‘My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, because he also is flesh; nevertheless his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.’ The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men, and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown."
CGI rock people aren’t as interesting as that if you ask me. I’m not saying regular human rape is interesting, but angel/giant-human rape is definitely interesting. Also: none of those rocks had very big penises as far as I could tell. #RockPenis #Nephilim