THE MOVIE THE SCENE

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - COVER STORY -

Dar­ren Aronof­sky’s Noah has weath­ered some con­tro­versy since its re­lease ear­lier this month, with its $125 mil­lion budget, its self-pro­fessed athe­ist di­rec­tor and its bom­bas­tic por­trayal of fa­mil­iar bi­b­li­cal themes fac­ing the wrath of crit­ics, blog­gers and film cen­sors alike. You could say that the com­plaints have been flood­ing in but we would never use such a silly pun here at The Ticket. Noah way. Our own Don­ald Clarke pon­dered whether Noah is the “most ex­pen­sive an­i­mal rights movie ever made” in his re­view a fort­night ago. It has been ar­gued that Noah is por­trayed in the film as a ve­gan en­vi­ron­men­tal­ist, and Aronof­sky (who is ve­gan) has him­self de­scribed Noah as the first en­vi­ron­men­tal­ist.

Chris­tian veg­e­tar­i­an­ism (which is to­tally a thing) rests on a read­ing of the Bi­ble that sug­gests hu­mans were only given per­mis­sion to eat meat af­ter the flood – and even then there were rules: “The fear and dread of you will fall on all the beasts of the earth, and on all the birds in the sky, on ev­ery crea­ture that moves along the ground, and on all the fish in the sea; they are given into your hands. Ev­ery­thing that lives and moves about will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you ev­ery­thing. But you must not eat meat that has its lifeblood still in it.” (Gen­e­sis 9:2-4)

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