As much as I tend to respect Mr. Greydanus’ reviews of movies, I think he completely missed the mark on this one.
Even though some on this forum think that the mere mention of God, especially in honorific terms such as “Creator” is sufficient to make a movie one to fawn over, there are huge issues in mind moulding that are an aspect of this film. The fact that many are completely missing or glossing over that this intent is the central thrust of the movie is somewhat disconcerting.
Even Mr. Greydanus seems to have succumbed. In his review he states:
Is Noah a vegetarian?
In keeping with Genesis, Noah and his family do not hunt or eat animals. Prior to the flood, mankind (and animals) had permission from God to eat plants and fruit, but permission to eat animals was given to human beings only after the flood. (Extrapolating from this principle, the film depicts the wicked sons of Cain, who break God’s law in so many other ways, hunting and eating animals when God has not permitted this.)
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The aspect being entirely glossed over is that Cain was, in the Genesis account, the “tiller of the soil,” while Abel the one who raised livestock, ostensibly to eat and certainly to kill as a sacrificial offering with which God was pleased. Apparently, it was with Adam’s children that humans did kill and eat animals, not with Noah.
Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, and said, “I have acquired a man from the Lord.” Then she bore again, this time his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. And in the process of time it came to pass that Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to the Lord. Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat. And the Lord respected Abel and his offering, but He did not respect Cain and his offering. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell. (Gen 4:1-5)
It will have to be explained how Abel could offer the “fat” of his flock without first killing at least one. Note God did not “respect” Cain or his offering, even though he was more likely, of the two, to be the vegetarian. Yet the movie makes a big deal of Cain being the evil one for killing animals.
Not sure how Mr. Greydanus missed that little detail, but apparently did in his exuberance to defend the errant premise.