Con: They were ninja rock monsters.
Pro: Wait a minute, ninja rock monsters are cool!
Con: But the Bible can’t be that weird of a book!
Pro: Well, yes, it really is.
Pro: Cast included Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, and Hermione.
Con: The script (meh).
Pro: Movie was a good example of Midrash — an ancient Jewish homiletic method of retelling stories in ways that fill in the gaps and answer questions raised by the original story. It’s an exercise of theological imagination — a skill not much prized by established modern religiosities, but much prized by me and anyone recognizes the theological value of comic books.
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The weirdest bit was not the ninja rock monsters, but the human sacrifice theme. In the movie, God communicated with Noah in ways more vague than thundering words from heaven. God doesn’t get any lines in this flick. Noah has visions — a concept perhaps more familiar to the experience of a spiritually-minded people nowadays. He has dreams of the world underwater and a big boat with animals, so he builds a big boat and then animals come. Pretty cool. But he also has visions of how evil humans are and how that evil infects all humans, including himself and his family. So he decides that their mission is really to rescue the innocent animals and then die.
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It’s like they wanted this to be not just a Noah movie, but an Abraham movie too. What they did with it was pretty interesting, but I’m not certain it fit into THIS story.
Now, if Aronofsky makes an Abraham movie, I’m totally there. He’s not afraid to portray the super-weird and offensive bits of the Bible, so an Abraham movie would be totally cool — wife-swapping with the Pharaoh, stealing your wife back from the Pharaoh, living to tell about it, militant mass circumcision, etc….