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Monday, May 12, 2014

The Creation of Life, the Universe, and Everything

Posted by on Mon, May 12, 2014 at 4:35 PM

I wasn't crazy about Aronofsky's Noah, but I did remark that the reason to see the film was an animated centerpiece, which I described as a "gorgeous cinematic collage that tries to unite the creationist and the scientific understandings of the birth of the universe." Now, Protozoa Pictures, Aronofsky's production company, has put that centerpiece online. Here it is:

Now that you've seen the best part of the film, you pretty much have no reason to go see Noah .


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Well, thank fuck for that.
Posted by Ray Shackleford on May 12, 2014 at 4:47 PM · Report this
Shorter Aronofsky:

"This concludes our proposal. Thank you for your attention."
Posted by COMTE on May 12, 2014 at 4:58 PM · Report this
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If you're going to pretend that evolution is in Genesis then why pretend that birds were created right after fish? Because you're already ignoring the pieces that don't fit the storyline, so you've given yourself license to fix those loose ends. What, you think you've somehow placated the creationists this way?

This kind of mashup doesn't please anybody, except those who are forever on the level of a Stan Lee comic book.

Posted by Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn on May 12, 2014 at 5:34 PM · Report this
I was going to see Noah, but I heard a ton of spoilers before I bought my tickets. No point.
Posted by Sebasti├ín LeBang on May 12, 2014 at 6:20 PM · Report this
I wasn't going to see Noah anyway, but damn you... I thought the headline had something to do with Douglas Adams, an author I actually cared about.

Imagine my disappointment.
Posted by Brooklyn Reader on May 12, 2014 at 7:40 PM · Report this
#3: It pleases people who like film and who like repackaging of folklore in interesting ways. Aronofksy isn't a believer and isn't trying to placate anyone. And only humorless scolds in the culture war get offended by it. No one is calling his story history or science. Religious nuts can take it however they want. Genesis is a story, a very old story, and simply telling it isn't prescribing religious literalism. It's like all the people who got bent out of shape of Tree of Life. Just because a loud screaming minority believes these tales are to be taken literally doesn't mean it's bad art, and only people who put politics before creativity think it is.
Posted by Jizzlobber on May 12, 2014 at 8:50 PM · Report this
It's like getting offended at Angles in America because there are Mormon angels running around in it. BUT THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS ANGELS!!
Posted by Jizzlobber on May 12, 2014 at 8:51 PM · Report this
NotSean 8
@6 yes.
Posted by NotSean on May 12, 2014 at 10:18 PM · Report this
@7, actually, there are, but they aren't Mormon.
Posted by sarah70 on May 12, 2014 at 10:35 PM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 10
If that was the best part, no thanks. Very unsophisticated for this day and age. But there's that demographic he was going for.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on May 13, 2014 at 2:18 AM · Report this
#10: It's not supposed to be sophisticated, whatever that means, it's supposed to be elemental and mythic. It's simple storytelling. Visually, it's no sillier than the average CG presentation on Cosmos, the only difference being that one is representing an ancient naive myth, and the other is presenting science of a kind.
Posted by Jizzlobber on May 13, 2014 at 10:14 AM · Report this
I mean, the movie is about the world flooding and a dude saving all animals on earth by putting them on a big boat. Acting there is some need for it to be super sophisticated is bizarre. The film isn't a hypercritical deconstruction of the Torah or an effort to educate people about science. I'm starting to suspect that some people are so caught up in their supposed sophistication they can't actually enjoy mythology anymore, unless of course it's presented as some over-plotted super hero movie.
Posted by Jizzlobber on May 13, 2014 at 10:19 AM · Report this
To me, that clip was one of the most beautiful things ever put on film. Wow. Well done, Aronofsky.
Posted by paulus22 on May 13, 2014 at 10:30 AM · Report this
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"repackaging of folklore"

Right. Thor comic books, for example. Stan Lee. Enjoy, if that's what you're into.
Posted by Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn on May 13, 2014 at 12:20 PM · Report this

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