If you're considering going to see the new movie "Noah" keep in mind you're NOT going to see a Biblical movie. There are many differences between the Biblical historical narrative and the fantasy version that Hollywood has given us. Sure, the names are the same, Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth, but that's about where the similarity ends. Not that Hollywood hasn't done this before. "The Ten Commandments" with Charlton Heston was a major blockbuster. It is still shown on TV every year around Easter/Passover. But, there's not much Biblical about that movie either. That said, I enjoy watching "The Ten Commandments", and as a Fantasy movie and as A Russell Crowe fan, I enjoyed somewhat watching "Noah".
The first thing to consider when deciphering the differences is this: it took Noah and his sons 100 years to completely build the Ark according to God's specifications ( the story can be read in Genesis chapters 5 through 9). Next, according to Genesis chapter 7 God told Noah not to bring just 2 of every kind of animal, but "every clean animal by sevens, a male and a female; and of the animals that are not clean two, a male and a female" (New American Version). So that's 14 of every clean animal, and 2 of every unclean for those of you keeping count. But every depiction I've seen of the events surrounding the Great Flood always shows the animals 2 of each kind only. Another thing that differed was that in the movie none of Noah's sons had wives while the Bible says that all 3 had wives; of course they would, they were over a hundred years old! But the Bible makes no mention of grandkids being on the Ark...nor does it mention a deranged Noah trying to kill them. That bothered me about the movie. First, Noah is the hero, then, he's the villain. And we never see Noah in communication with God. He's always grasping at the meaning of his dreams (and visions) to decipher God's will.
As a movie, it's more "Lord of the Rings" meets "Gladiator" with a twist of "A Beautiful Mind".
I don't think Russell Crowe will ever top "Gladiator". Oh, by the way, the new Jesus movie, "Son of God", isn't entirely accurate in portraying Jesus' life and ministry either. I hope we all can take some time and read these important historical and inspirational stories for ourselves and not wait for some Hollywood version of the Ancient text to attempt to entertain us. Kudos to Mel Gibson for keeping it 98% real with the "Passion of the Christ". Now that's a movie to watch again and again as we recall the suffering the Real Messiah did for each one of us. Happy Passover! Happy Ressurection Celebration!